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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


Submitted by NC Lawyer (not verified) on
The paperwork they showed was a Notice of Rights to Claim Exemptions. That is only sent to a judgment debtor in a civil matter. Exemptions to not apply to tax debts. Look at North Carolina General Statue 1C-1601. He was given notice to claim those exemptions. I explained all this in another post. But that is NOT a tax debt that he was noticed about. Does he also have a tax lien? Maybe. Probably. He comes off like a complete loser.

Submitted by devawn (not verified) on
Oh I must of misunderstood what I read. Thank you for clarifying that for me. Still hope him the best of luck he's my favorite.

Submitted by Carol Harris (not verified) on
I thought the same thing. There's no way a horse person would saddle up a 'bush' horse & ride through a busy town (& brush fire). I thought that was TOTALLY ludicrous & unnecessary. That poor horse was so sweated up, his coat was matted when they finally stopped at the Town Hall. Hope the producers of the show hire someone that really knows about living in the bush (I do) to consult on future shows & stop making these guys look like idiots.

Submitted by Elmo Bannannabush (not verified) on
Let's go one better than that. Fire everyone associated with the show and cancel the whole stupid thing. COME ONE MARTY!!!

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
It apears that Eustance is not an experienced horseman..the way is holding the bridal is a dead give-a-way..And it also appears as if the guy is really scared riding in traffic

Submitted by Elmo Bannannabush (not verified) on
I stayed at a Holiday Inn Express last night. So what? COME ON MARTY!!!

Submitted by NJ Viewer (not verified) on
I hope the History Channel execs see these posts and make serious adjustments -- if there is a Season 2! Great premise, fabulous scenery, likeable characters (esp. the Montana folks) but absolutely farcical situations. About as far from “reality” as the dumb show producers can make it. An experienced Alaskan leaves camp to tend a winter trap line without a gun. Sure he did, just like he used a broken down snow machine that, from scene-to-scene found and lost its trailer, and whose ‘electrical problem’ required a replacement engine, but, of course, broke down again. Then, he flies into a storm and has to set down overnight. Death-defying? No – just stupid. If he is so careless, how has he managed to survive in the bush this long? And, what about Marty shooting game immediately after he landed his plane? Doesn’t the Alaskan game provision, “it’s against the law to (hunt) until 3 AM until the day after you have flown” apply to Marty? Then there was the absurd North Carolina rifle sighting sham and ‘misfires.’ (Hey Eustace – you know that a gun does not ‘misfire’ when you leave the chamber empty! Why didn’t you explain that to the producer?) And what about his absurd water pipe clog; chasing a phantom ‘poacher’, who barely managed to escape on a hidden ATV, and in the final episode, the guys “clear” a new “shortcut” that reaches the road at, (surprise!) the very same spot the ATV poacher had escaped on the previous episode! Even Tom and his wife in Montana do stupid things. In the last episode, Tom was, for a moment, gone and his wife worried he may have been taken by the bear. I guess she didn’t see the floodlight flashing around in back of the shed Tom was investigating. Canned nonsense.

Submitted by ericman1947 (not verified) on
You can pick apart most programs and find portions to which you object. Even the best ones. I fail to see why you put so much time and energy into making mountains out of molehills. The program is interesting to me even if there are a few flaws, and I live in a log cabin without power on 40 acres in the Ozarks. It is surely more interesting than watching another pawn shop or 'picker' program.

Submitted by Elmo Bannannabush (not verified) on
So you live in a Log Cabin WITHOUT power in the Ozarks - Right? I call BULLSHIT. So you must have the same electrical power plant the Useless Conway has to power your TV, Computer, Cable / Satellite box and Refrigerator. I guess you have an electric sawmill too. Got graze on some Kale. COME ON MARTY!!!


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