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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 mountain mama (not verified) on
I loved the show mountain men. It held my attention and I was feeling like I knew these guys and finding out how they live and survive. I hope they have another season, at least, my sister and husband loved it also when I told them to watch it.

Submitted by Elmo Bannannabush (not verified) on
You're kidding right?

Submitted by retiredvoma (not verified) on
Yeas Bananabrain ... they came to this blog just to kid you.

Submitted by Elmo Bannannabush (not verified) on
That was posted over four months ago. Glad to see you are are on top of things. I'll check back in April to read your response to this. COME ON MARTY!!!

Submitted by Elmo Bannannabush (not verified) on
Wow!! Thanks retiredvoma. For a second there I thought they were serious! (How is Missouri these days?) Whew! COME ON MARTY!!!

Submitted by carolinason (not verified) on
i lived in Boone, NC for 2 years and turtle mountain is to the north. To get to the courthouse he rides his horse heading north on 321 from the Blowing Rock direction, which is the wrong side of town. unless he figured a way round howard's knob that would bring him to king st just down from the courthouse he should have come in to town just a bit more to the east from the north and not the south. there is no shortcut into boone, nc. but i think the man is cool wiithout even meeting him.

Submitted by carolinason (not verified) on
he is just east of town, the history channel has the little arrow head way to the north. he could very well ride into town going north on 321.

Submitted by Elmo Bannannabush (not verified) on
You are kidding right? "The man is cool...." I think you need to get out more. This show is a joke and an insult to anyone with half a brain. COME ON MARTY!!!

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
I agree are guys actually so gullable to believe this bs ? Really ? Even after I exposed Eustaces property tax records ?(look at previous posts) Really? Wake up the show is 100 percent staged Eustace owns free & clear well over $5 million dollars of properties. Lives in the subarbs, is a college educated man. Rides off on horse cuts a trail When previous episodes show him in his pickup? wtf? Why would he cut a horse trail when there are plenty of roads leading in and out of his property? I can not believe so many people are so dumb on here? Really Anyone wanna buy Enron Stocks? Yellow Snow We have to go after this network and others they have to atleast attach a disclaimer that these shows are scripted and enhanced for entertaiment purposes. Come on Execs stop passing this off as 100 percent reality!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Submitted by Elmo Bannannabush (not verified) on
They don't call him USELESS CON-MAN for nothing.

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