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Mountain Men: Will Eustace keep his land in Season Two?

Mechele R. Dillard's picture

Mountain Men ended its first season last night and, true to form, it was ridiculous.

Season One of Mountain Men is over.

What a colossal waste of an opportunity for a great show.

My hopes were high from the very beginning for this show. It could have been a modern-day Alone in the Wilderness. Mountain Men could have actually taken three individuals living in various mountain areas, and shown viewers what it is like to live “off-the-grid” to varying extents. It could have presented viewers with real situations and real people. It could have even—gasp—offered viewers some knowledge that they could have walked away with after each 60-minute sitting, something that was real and perhaps even helpful to someone living in another situation, one not necessarily as extreme or drastic as the ones in which these three were said to reside.

Instead, producers of Mountain Men presented viewers with a campy farce each week, making its stars into presumable caricatures of themselves and insulting fans with gun switches; having Marty's gun disappear into thin air on more than one occasion; and, really, coming up with some of the most contrived, over-the-top, “mountain men” drama a roomful of never-owned-a-gun writers could dream up for the small screen.

Could Marty, Tom and Eustace be the “real deal?” They could be, but how would anyone watching this show know? According to the History Channel, great oudoorsman Eustace is unaware of how to use the word "misfire" appropriately (no, for the final time, it does NOT mean "failure to achieve desired results" in the presented situation)--is that the "real deal?" And, are viewers at fault if they laugh and point out this and many other production misfires--yes, failures to achieve desired results--throughout the show?

Of course they aren't; the producers are.

Reality Programming CAN Be Great

There are some excellent reality shows out there these days, featuring real people doing real things. Swamp People, also on the History Channel, comes to mind. For Alaska living, Flying Wild Alaska (Discovery Channel) is good, as is Alaska: The Last Frontier (Discovery Channel). Dual Survival (Discovery Channel) gives viewers some real knowledge for potential life-threatening situations. And, of course, the king of all things-most-of-us-could-never-do reality shows, Deadliest Catch (Discovery Channel), consistently gives people good reality television. Are any of these “production free,” with no off-camera manipulation of scenes or TV magic in editing? No, of course not. But, they are well-done shows, and they respect not only the stars, but the fans, as well, by striving to give viewers shows that, in the world of reality television, are realistic. 100% “real,” maybe not; but realistic, yes.

Mountain Men could have been one of those shows; it definitely is not.

Season Two of Mountain Men will bring back Marty, Tom and Eustace, and will add a new “mountain man” to the gang. Perhaps, given the not-so-impressive feedback the show has received overall, the producers for this History Channel show will strive to give viewers something better next go around. If not, it will still probably be one of the funniest hours on television, intentional or otherwise. Until then, let’s just hope that Eustace made it back to Turtle Island Preserve without being overtaken by that overwhelming brushfire he encountered on his way into Boone.

Stay tuned.

Image: Wikimedia Commons via Ken Thomas

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Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
Think Mountain Men leaves many questions? Watch Yukon Men. Here is another "reality" show, that leaves many questions. Is it legal for instance to claim that your sustenance fishing for salmon, yet one cast member readily admits that they need the fish to feed his dogs, and get this, at a rate of 400lbs a day! That should be illegal if it's not already..Another show, cast members go all out to hunt down a supposedly "dangerous" bear, that's been spotted at the local garbage dump. No sign of it within miles of the dump when they go look for it..One show a moose is shot out of season, by a "non-native", as food for a funeral, Is that legal? Appears a Grizzly's life may be in danger on the next show, since it actually had the "nerve" to eat some salmon left hanging unprotected, alongside the river. I hunt myself, so am not an anti, but I sure don't appreciate the hunting ethics of these castaways..

Submitted by salmon without ... (not verified) on
the laws in alsaka about hunting and trapping differ greatly than anywhere else in the united states. im not an expert, but i think each village also get to kind of make up their own laws, in most states it is illegal to hunt/kill bears, but in alaska if they are a threat to your safetly and livlihood i think its legal to kill them. the way these people live is a way of life and if the people around them arent offended by the way they live then whty impose laws? thats whats wrong with this country already too much government interfering in our personal lives. the reason that the salmon are running low is because the government has changed laws and now allow large corporations to go in there and catch salmon with little to no restrictions, which isnt fair to the locals who depend on it for their families. who cares if they kill a bear? who cares if they kill a caribou or a moose? there are plenty of them out there, and aside rom the bear and the wolf they utilized every portion of those animals. in my opinion, they shouldnt be feeding the dogs the salmon when they need it for their families and there are so many of those dogfish around, but its just that, my opinion and why should they care what i think?? imposing a law on not feeding dogs salmon is like telling me i cant buy meat at the supermarket and feed it to my dog....imposing laws on bears is like telling me i cant spray bug spray around my yard to keep mosquitoes from biting my kids and infecting them with disgusting illnesses (potentially)

Submitted by salmon without ... (not verified) on
the laws in alsaka about hunting and trapping differ greatly than anywhere else in the united states. im not an expert, but i think each village also get to kind of make up their own laws, in most states it is illegal to hunt/kill bears, but in alaska if they are a threat to your safetly and livlihood i think its legal to kill them. the way these people live is a way of life and if the people around them arent offended by the way they live then whty impose laws? thats whats wrong with this country already too much government interfering in our personal lives. the reason that the salmon are running low is because the government has changed laws and now allow large corporations to go in there and catch salmon with little to no restrictions, which isnt fair to the locals who depend on it for their families. who cares if they kill a bear? who cares if they kill a caribou or a moose? there are plenty of them out there, and aside rom the bear and the wolf they utilized every portion of those animals. in my opinion, they shouldnt be feeding the dogs the salmon when they need it for their families and there are so many of those dogfish around, but its just that, my opinion and why should they care what i think?? imposing a law on not feeding dogs salmon is like telling me i cant buy meat at the supermarket and feed it to my dog....imposing laws on bears is like telling me i cant spray bug spray around my yard to keep mosquitoes from biting my kids and infecting them with disgusting illnesses (potentially)

Submitted by Grizzly Mamma (not verified) on
I absolutely LOVE THIS SHOW! I hope there is a season 2, and I can't wait to see it!!!

Submitted by Grizzly Mamma (not verified) on
I absolutely LOVE THIS SHOW! I hope there is a season 2, and I can't wait to see it!!!

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
i love this show too, and can't wait until season two starts. Does anyone know when that is?

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
i love this show too, and can't wait until season two starts. Does anyone know when that is?

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
They have started filming and should start airing in the late spring, sometime around the same time as when they aired last year. It seems so far away, doesn't it?

Submitted by Elmo Bannannabush (not verified) on
Way too soon for me. COME ON MARTY!!!

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
We get it. You don't like the show. Check the manual, you can probably change the channel with your remote; so it won't matter. Please go away, your opinions are duly noted.

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