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Tuesday, March 11, 2014

A new History Channel series: No Man's Land.

This series premiered Sunday, at 10:00 Eastern on the History Channel.  I'm always curious about primitive living and the people who actually do it, so I thought I'd give it a try.  While I realize this is all scripted, and as Cody Lundin famously said when asked if his show was real, "It's television, man!"

But the people they showcase really are folks who live out in the wastes, and they aren't ringers. I enjoyed the first one and will give the folow on's a try.  This doesn't seem as fake as the "Mountain Man" series they had on a while back.  Maybe because I can spot flaws in the mountain show, as I live in the mountains. They could humbug me on the desert, I suppose, but even so it's a good hours entertainment.


  1. Harry,


    I'm originally from the West Texas desert so it feels like home to me. I have not seen that tv show yet, but I am real familiar with the types of people that live out in the deep desert. One area of particular interest to me is Terlingua, Texas and one blog I hit everyday that is like yours is "The Field Lab" (fieldlab.blogspot) I have been their twice and met John Wells in person. This guys got the right idea on life.

    A man has the right to live they way he wants, if someone wants to live the life of a hermit in the desert or a life of a gregarious extrovert, in a big city, Its all freedom of choice and happiness is all "perception of reality'

    I know people that have more money than they know what to do with and who are in a constant state of misery. I also know people who are almost 'dirt poor' and happy and have productive, fulfilled lives.

    Its all 'perception of reality' or how you view things in life. 20 acres and a beat up mobile home in the desert can be a 'mansion for the right person'

    1. You're preaching to the choir, Brother Crunch. Nobody believes that more than I do.

      This show centers around three people who have essentially chosen to live their lives in the desert. One of them is a full on primitive lifestyle type. I am not sure, but I think he is lugging around an atlatl. That's what it looks like, anyway, and he has no gun. One is a younger guy who just set up on some land out there, and lives in a sort of Mad Max environment. The third is your mark one, mod five cowboy who is getting too old for the business. The photography is great, the people seem likable.

  2. I'll have to see if we can stream this too. I've been a way a lot so sorry for the lack of comments. My father in law had been in the hospital and passed away unexpectedly so we've been dealing with that, the arrangements, shifting the power of attorney over my mother in law who is in the nursing home with dementia, banks, etc. There's a lot to do. I'll be posting something about it later. He was a Marine so is now at Jefferson Barracks Nat'l Cemetery. A very moving ceremony.

  3. Kathy, I was afraid something like that had happened. Sorry you have to deal with it all. I hope life gets back to normal for you and your family soon.

  4. I loved this show until the last episode. Previously, Jason Hawk lost power, which ran his well, and had to hump it to a dirty pond and bring home muddy water which he then had to filter so that his family would have water. Made it seem like desperate circumstances. Then in episode 8, an aerial view showed that not only does he live surrounded by a lot of neighbors in all directions, he has a swimming pool, and could have taken the water from that.

    1. I didn't pick up on that, but I did wonder why he didn't just get a solar powered pump. I wouldn't live out there without one.

      It's strange your comment came in this morning. I watched "Alaskan Bush People" last night, the third episode, and there were some very "wrong" things going on there. Supposedly, the Brown's were threatened by people in their new town who didn't like the fact that filming was going on. But they just ran away and abandoned their new home. Nobody who had lived in the bush for thirty years could have survived if they were that cowardly.

      Then supposedly their boat they were living on sank. But the taped radio conversation, supposedly between Brown and the Coast Guard, was certainly not done over a Marine VHF radio. No side tone, no static, and no Coast Guard responses. Also, he said he was sinking in the middle of the channel, then they show the boat tied to the dock and sunk. Looks suspiciously like it was done on purpose to me, since it was tied to the dock and the Browns were saying how they all just escaped with their lives it all happened so fast. I don't doubt these people have been living in the bush due to the appalling state of their teeth, but I think all these events are bogus, and contrived by Discovery Channel for dramatic effect. Discovery Channel is famous for fakery, a fact confirmed by Cody Lundin when he was asked about the realism of Dual Survival last year. It's worth remembering that the Bear Grylls faking scandal in the first year of Man vs. Wild occurred under their auspices.

  5. Solar powered pump?

    He's tooling around in a big diesel truck that can put out plenty of power to run a pump if it's that much of an emergency. And if he's so dependent on well-water, why doesn't he have a storage tank on-site?

    Oh, wait, he was a pool?

  6. I saw that episode, Bogus and contrived :
    The terrain he hauled his rickety water cart through was not a challenge for any decent 4x4 vehicle. I have driven 2 wheel drive sedans in worse areas.
    The departure time during the hottest part of the day was just stupid.

    1. I am pretty sure that all these shows are scripted. I know National Geographic scripted their "Doomsday Preppers" to make people look like idiots because they thought that was what would amuse viewers. "Dual Survival" was carefully choreographed, which is one of the things that led Cody Lundin to say "enough." Lately the new History Channel series "Alone" shows some signs of fakery, including a guy hewing at a tree with an ax, and then we see the tree coming down , clearly cut clean through with a chain saw.