Doomsday Preppers S3
Doomsday Preppers season 3 begins tomorrow evening and I find myself wondering how the new format for scoring will affect the overall feeling of the show, and it’s appeal to viewers. One part of me is very happy, thinking that finally we will get some consistent scoring and evaluations. One part of me is concerned, thinking that this could “bore” some of the less prepper-minded viewers and cause National Geographic to revamp again to the old “Drama + Stupidity + Danger = Ratings” mentality. I am hoping they can strike a positive balance and provide quality information while still entertaining the masses.
As seasons 1 and 2 fade into memory I am hopeful that season 3 will mark the beginning of a new era in Doomsday Preppers where the focus of the show is living self sufficiently and in a sustainable manner. Trying to get your community involved in emergency and disaster awareness and taking this opportunity to start remolding the prepper image across America would be fantastic goals. Teaching children to be responsible and self sufficient and respectful certainly wouldn’t hurt either.
I am keeping my fingers crossed and hoping for the best. I will try to review each episode this season on the website.
New this season on National Geographic is Doomsday Castle. This is a spin off from the Doomsday Preppers episode of the family building a castle in the Carolina mountains. The father, Brent Sr., is an ex military infantry officer according to his NatGeo profile and he will have about 5 of his 10 children there on site working with him to build the castle. Each family member has a profile listed on the Doomsday Castle web site, including a little blurb about their personalities.
Now, one thing I have picked up on is that the family supposedly makes all of their own preps and has a vast array of them strewn about the castle, top to bottom. Having not only the skill but the ability to do this is admirable, and could really make or break the show in my mind. I found it painful to watch last season when Doomsday Preppers talked Freda Stemick into going “outside of the box” and her boyfriend decided to build a catapult. It was a dismal failure and unnecessary for Freda’s great preps, and it did nothing but make her look bad. If these folks can pull it off then that will be a great leg up in my mind.
Another thing I have picked up thanks to a great article by SurvivorJane, is that the family has various escape plans formulated in case they have to beat a retreat from their castle. To me this is a BIG deal and something that I find VERY IMPORTANT. This shows that Brent Sr. knows a lot more about battle and fighting than anyone else we’ve seen on Doomsday Preppers yet. As I have said MANY times before you have to be able to retreat. Nothing is impregnable and if you believe it is, well, you will probably die. Sure it’s gonna be fun to see them rappel down the walls or scream through the air on a zip line, but those fun activities are based on tactical necessity and I give HUGE kudos to the family for having them in place.
Some things I am looking for? Well, basic siege warfare is to sit on a castle and starve out the occupants. Does this castle have an internal courtyard where they are growing food? Do they have small livestock inside also? I don’t think they will come under siege anytime soon, but it is something to think about. There are lots of other concerns when it comes to castles and how they are built, managed, supported, supplied and defended. As the season moves along I will see how many of them get ticked off my list.
As for now I raise a glass to the new Doomsday Castle cast in the hopes that they can redeem some of what Doomsday Preppers has lost. I wish them all the luck in the world. Tune in to this site in the days following the show’s airing for my review!
Until then, keep prepping!