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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

Comments

Submitted by Elmo Bannannabush (not verified) on
You get it? I really don’t think so. This blog is a public forum where the viewers can post personal comments, both good and bad about the show. Other than offensive material, I know of no limitations that have been placed on this blog. Thus individuals such as me, and even you, can freely make comments about the show, the characters in involved and the other comments entered in this blog. I fully intend to do just that. I didn’t create this stupid show others did. They deserve whatever they get. Apparently you get an email notification (just like I do) every time a comment is posted to this blog. Like the remote, do yourself a favor and “opt-out” of the email notifications. This will save you a lot frustration in the future. Unfortunately for you I know that you can’t do that. COME ON MARTY!!!

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
Believe me, we get it. You don't like the show and no one else is allowed to without facing your obnoxious wrath. You're a stupid moron that just likes to cause trouble, so I'll do the same. It can go on forever, if that gives you pleasure. It is a public forum and if this is how you choose to spend your time, then let's do it. You're a moron, you're a moron, you're a moron....so on and so forth. I have opted out of the comment notification, but it hasn't taken effect yet. Before I go, I'll be clear, if you think you're cute or constructive or anything else positive, I doubt if anyone else does. Just because you can repeat the same tirade over and over, doesn't mean you have to. What's your point, besides calling people who have differing opinions than yours names? Why? Does it make you feel bigger to try and make others feel smaller? If other viewers choose to enjoy the good things in this show, let it be and quit calling them names. Like you said, it's a forum to discuss the show. So, discuss it intelligently and quit calling everyone that likes it morons. If you don't think your unconstructive comments are offensive, think again. You're a obnoxious bully and you should understand that everyone on her could do the same and just continuously call you names, but what will that accomplish? Give it up.

Submitted by Elmo Bannabush (not verified) on
Bye-Bye!! COME ON MARTY!!

Submitted by retiredvoma (not verified) on
Elmo ... really??? If your opinion was something more than notifying everyone how bad (you think) the show is it might be interesting reading. This reality show is the same as any other reality program, most of which I do not watch. If I thought for a second any of this was real then I'd admit to being a moron. Marty way up in Alaska by himself suffering all his woes ???? There's an entire filming crew with him. I'm pretty sure he isn't in any danger. Eustice .... he is PORTRAYED as a hick. He was obviously smart enough to sign a contract to make a few bucks. More than likely more than most regular folks. It's entertainment. If you're not being entertained to some degree then you're a fool for even watching it and even more of a fool to complain about it. .... or maybe you are drawn to the show because it provides some entertainment for you but you refuse to admit that reality shows provide some interest for you.

Submitted by retiredvoma (not verified) on
Elmo ... really??? If your opinion was something more than notifying everyone how bad (you think) the show is it might be interesting reading. This reality show is the same as any other reality program, most of which I do not watch. If I thought for a second any of this was real then I'd admit to being a moron. Marty way up in Alaska by himself suffering all his woes ???? There's an entire filming crew with him. I'm pretty sure he isn't in any danger. Eustice .... he is PORTRAYED as a hick. He was obviously smart enough to sign a contract to make a few bucks. More than likely more than most regular folks. It's entertainment. If you're not being entertained to some degree then you're a fool for even watching it and even more of a fool to complain about it. .... or maybe you are drawn to the show because it provides some entertainment for you but you refuse to admit that reality shows provide some interest for you.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
So glad to hear there are others who really enjoy this show. All you disapprovers need to change channels and get a life!

Submitted by Larry (not verified) on
I agree with everything you guys have commented on. The producers of this show need to be replaced with some down to earth individuals. How stupid do these guys think their viewers are?....ride a horse 10 miles after thrashing thru the woods, cant afford gas to go 10 miles.,give me a friggin break.

Submitted by Whocares (not verified) on
Eustace could have been made out to be a true "woodsman" but instead the producers made him out to look like an idiot. As mentioned earlier, no true hunter lets another man sight in his gun with what was it, 3 bullets? With a good solid rest it takes 2 shots to find out for sure where you are hitting. Once you determine where you are hitting you must then click the scope up down left or right to sight it in. I live in WV and have hunted for over 40 years and I have yet to see one of my redneck buddies know exactly how many clicks it takes to adjust a scope the first try. I never start testing my guns without at least 10 bullets. Eustace knows better than this and should have never let the producers portray him in such a way. And the poor old boy that was responsible for sighting in his gun took the blame because Eustace missed an easy shot. He was complaining about it from the get go when he realized how few bullets old tightwad Eustace gave him. Eustace owes a bunch of money to someone and may need to sell some of his land to pay his debt. I don't even want to go into the horse ride to town. Holy cow, that was just about the dumbest thing I have ever seen. No human in North Carolina is that stupid. I mean really. Clear a trail through the woods for the horse and build a fire by a big rock to warm up to save time going to a place he could have just caught a ride to. Come on guys! If you are going to get us interested in a show like this why don't you make it real? I want to know why he does not have a job and has he ever had a job. If he is not going to work a job (which is his business) show us how he eats and what he eats and does he power his house with the generator and if not....why. Make it real.....man. One final thing...I wonder if he really just goes out in the garden and grazes like a cow when he eats cale for breakfast? I think I would have at least washed it off in the creek in case a dog peed on it. I guess that is the difference between a WV redneck and a "mountain man" lol

Submitted by NC Lawyer (not verified) on
I have four degrees, including a Juris Doctor, and there is no way in hell I could have said it better. God bless West ByGod.

Whocares, you do not know how I laughed when I saw him eating that kale like that ... same thoughts went through my mind ... LOL

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