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Tuesday, January 19, 2016

New National Geographic Channel Show premiers tonight: The Boonies.


You never can tell about National Geographic and the Discovery Channel.  Sometimes their new shows are good, and sometimes they are appallingly bad.

I remember "Alaskan Bushpeople" or something like that.  I watched the first two episodes, and gave up since it should have been called "Alaskan beggar people."

"Where the Wild Men Are" had some good episodes, but some of  them were pretty lame.

Tonight at 9:00 Eastern, "The Boonies" premiers.  It's supposed to be about people who have moved completely out of society. I am going to watch it  and see if the show is worth following. It it's another "Naked and Afraid" or "Live Free" I'm out of there, as the saying goes. But just because I don't like something, doesn't mean another person doesn't. So you may want to give it a try tonight and see what you think.

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  1. I already have it set to record . I want to see if its as good as the commercials hype it. Tuesday my wife owns the TV its NCIS,LoL

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    1. I stopped watching that NCIS show. The bad guys did terrible things to people, and they often escaped. I like my entertainment to be unlike the real world, I always want the victims to escape and the bad guys to be caught. ;-)

      I watched Boonies tonight. The guy in the cave seemed to me to be unhinged, probably by losing his wife.

      The fellow who was recreating the Mountain Man lifestyle, well, why not? If that's how he wants to live and he can pull it off, it beats being an office drone. But I wonder how he makes it in the winter up there?

      The two people in the little bitty tree house. Hum. Again, how would you survive winter? I'm not knocking them, it just seems pretty impractical.

      The fellow out on the Great Lakes, I have to see more of his set up. But I wasn't impressed with his busting his propeller, and even less with his survival tactics which apparently consist of sitting on his ass waiting to be rescued. So I will without judgement til I've seen more, but it looks like another Alaskan Bush People or Live Free or Die to me right now.

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    2. I saw the first episode, I agree the tree house is pretty small and it's probably really cold in there during winter. What I don't understand is that Washington State requires hunter orange clothing when hunting yet the guy hunts without it. Also in the bow fishing scene the fish's colors were already fading indicating that it's been dead a long time lol! I guess shows like this are enjoyable as long as you keep up the imagination.

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    3. I quit watching part way through the second episode. Not my cup of tea but a lot of people are enjoying the sheer weirdness of the show from what I see on other blogs. Good escapism.

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  2. It promises to be a decent show but we'll have to see. We enjoy the "Life below zero" series. Though like all TV shows of this ilk at times the edited story-line is dumbed down in favor of the lowest common denominator and becomes a bit sophomoric, most of it is not too bad. The other one we enjoy is "Alaska, the last Frontier".
    http://www.discovery.com/tv-shows/alaska-the-last-frontier/
    The story of the extended Kilcher family living on a homestead in Alaska. Few are aware of it but ATZ Kilcher, one of the featured elders in the show is actually the famous singer Jewel's dad.
    http://www.jeweljk.com/about.html

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    1. I watched Life below Zero and Alaska the Last Frontier a little bit, but never could really get interested in it. Not the shows fault, I just had a lot going on and missed a lot of the segments.

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    2. Once again I am sorely disappointed. The emphasis was on show rather than reality. I found it to be all badly performed theater. Are we expected to believe that a couple lives full time in what amounts to a badly slapped together 8x8 hunting platform on top of a tree? And he suddenly discovers someone else has been building one a half a mile from his own and he did not hear the sawing and hammering? And with the guy living in the flooded cave they really jumped the shark. Once again they repeat the same old tired sophomoric formula.

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    3. Yeah, it had it's flaws. Maybe it will get better. I kind of envied the "mountain man." Except I think living up there in your tepee would not be so good an idea. I am pretty sure even the Indians moved out of the high country in winter.

      It wouldn't suprise me to find a bunch of dead hikers and campers down there in those caves. That guy was one brick shy of load, no doubt.

      If you had been building that tree house next to Tattoo Man's house, would you have come out and given him a big bear hug when he came out of the woods? :-0 That guy looks like an ax murderer if ever there was one. Maybe the builders got a look at him and decided to build elsewhere. I sure would!

      His wife was a tough old broad. When I was in the Marines, I had a First Sgt. who would occasionally have to call me at my quarters after hours. My wife answered the phone. She has a soft Mississippi drawl. One day my First Sgt. said to me " Captain, whenever I call your residence and your wife answers, I think of a lady in a beautiful gown, sipping mint juleps on the front porch of a stately plantation house." He was an incurable romantic, so I was curious and asked him "and when you think of your wife, First Sgt. how do you visualize her." He looked surprised for a moment then he said "oh, I don't know sir. Out on the prairie skinning buffalo I guess."

      That's kind of the way Tattoo man's wife looked to me.

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    4. its entertainment - pure and simple. looks to me like a lot of work went into the production; especially appreciated the long shots (drones?) and beautiful scenery. What's not to like? It's National Geographic. kudos to the folks in the show who are sending the message that everything and anything is possible -- even living in a cave!

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    5. True enough. If viewed as entertainment there's nothing intrinsically wrong with that kind of show.

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  3. again - i will have to rely on you for updates on the show. it sounds interesting but as you say - who knows with these shows. let us know what you think of it. then we'll wait for it to come to netflix.

    sending lots of love, as always. your friend,
    kymber

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    1. Hey, Kymber. I didn't like it that much this first show, but I am going to keep watching for a bit and see where it goes. It's hard to judge off just one episode.

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  4. Ah, Thanks ! I forgot about that show premiering tonight - my CRS has taken hold !

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    1. Yeah, I can sympathize. But you know, I think a lot of what we attribute to "Can't remember sh*t" is just having too much on our plates . ;-)

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    2. Alright, I did remember to watch it. I agree with your thought of the cave guy, he did seem a bit off, saving his valued keep sakes in so many different locations, places where humidity and water could get to them as easily as they do. He certainly seems to be missing his wife.

      I'm sure the tree house couple have some wonderful views, but yes - winter storm in trees sound like a good way to get hurt or become sick.

      Mountain man seems like he has his head on straight - lung damage seems to be his motivation for getting out of society. I wonder if low humidity desert would help him in that regard ?

      Thanks again sir.

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    3. People go through some strange evolution's after traumatic events. I am not disparaging the cave dweller, but it looked to me like he cracked up when his wife died. Maybe he feels safe down in those caves. Damned if I would, I'd be looking for snakes under every rock and I would never go out of sight of the entrance.

      I don't see how the tree house folks could live through winter. That place wasn't as well built as my kids playhouse.

      Mountain Man caught my fancy, though. I mean, he picked out a period of history ( like almost all of us do) and he made it come to life for him. (like almost none of us do.)

      He seemed to have his head screwed on straight. The thing I really, really envied him was his mobility. Pack up and move on. I built my "dream" up here on this mountain top and now I'm so embedded I'm scared to go into town and leave the propane heaters running, let alone go out of town overnight. >:-(

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  5. If I got that channel I would give it a shot.

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    1. Lisa, I think I remember you telling me your family liked "Live Free or Die." If so, I am sure you would like this show. But if it wasn't you that told me that, the comment above applies!

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  6. The preview struck a cord with me, my wife is a certified Herbalist and she and I have harvested the mullein plant for our own apothecary.

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    1. I thought the old mountain man guy had it together more than anyone else. That tea he made looked nasty but seemed to have suited him. He may be living in a fantasy but if he is happy, why not? I liked him.

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  7. By the way you're in the top five for google searches for "The Boonies".

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    1. I guess there are a lot of people in the FBI, ATF, etc who are interested in the program then. :-0

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  8. I so wish I got that channel. We would watch it for sure. I'd like this channel and Show Time. I love some of the shows like Dexter and Weeds that were on Showtime. Survival type shows are fun to watch, but a break from my own reality is fun to.

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    1. Nat Geo, Science Channel, Discovery Channel and History Channel are pretty good. Lately they have had some new shows that I like after a long dry spell.

      I absolutely watch tv to just enjoy a little entertainment and forget about everything for awhile. I'm sure with you on that.

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  9. And the producers are wondering who this "Harry" character is who keeps emailing them to tell them they're doing it wrong. :)

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    1. Mostly I email the advertisers of shows I don't like. : )

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  10. Does anyone know who is narrating the show?

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    1. I don't know the answer to that. Ran a quick search on the internet and came up dry. I'll try to catch it when the show is on next.

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    2. It's Michael Madsen (the guy from many tarantino films).

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  11. Does anyone know who is narrating the show? Can't find it.

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    1. I'm afraid I didn't notice. I'll see if they are listed in the credits after the next episode.

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    2. Shana, someone says it's Michael Madsen. See the comment above.

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  12. Hi Harry,

    My daughter subscribes to Foxtel so I have actually seen episodes of Alaskan Bush People. All that was missing was duelling banjos in the background, good entertainment value but I would think that reality was zero!

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    1. Two things stuck in my mind about the show. One was that it was sad the daughter had such bad teeth, because she was an attractive young woman. They aren't doing her any favors with that life style. The other was that they almost seemed to be begging rather than bartering. Made me uncomfortable, a little bit. I finally quit watching but I have heard the show got better later in the season.

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  13. Oh ok.... Thank you. I'll have to listen better next time.

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    1. No worries. It's hard for a person to pick up everything first go round.

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  14. I watched it. The island guy is a little boring. The tree people are scary, like an accident waiting to happen. The nomad has pampered looking feet that scream 'pedicure'. And the cave guy? he has no fear and might be in the running with the tree guy for the next darwin award.

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    1. Eclectic bunch alright. Glad none of them live near me.

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