Doomsday Preppers Returns...

...and that ain't necessarily good for preppers.

     So, I've just watched the preview of the new season of Doomsday Preppers.  I'm happy to report that it doesn't come up short on laughs.  Wait.  Is it not supposed to be a comedy?  If it isn't a comedy, then here's a quick test you can perform pretty much anywhere.  All you need is some other humans.  Simply let them know that you are a prepper, using the word prepper, and see if you get some smirks at least.
     Why is this show so funny?  Well, watch it and see.  Especially if you are not a prepper.  Someone on the outside of the prepper community may be left with at least one of the following impressions.
1.  Preppers pick one unlikely disaster, then spend the rest of their lives obsessing over it to the point you think they actually want it happen.  What if it isn't a nuke strike on an insignificant Midwestern hilltop?  What if it is one of the many tornado's that kick the living shit out of the area every year.  Damn.  Years down the drain planning for nukes. 
2.  Preppers spend so much time obsessing and prepping that they forget to exercise.  If you are going to spend any amount of time preparing to survive, you should have some hope of reaching next year without suffering a massive heart attack.  Are you hardening your bunker, or your arteries, with sausage gravy and inactivity?
3.  15 year old kids from the middle of nowhere have an understanding of their ability to take another human life.  This is because they know how to hold down the L stick on the Xbox controller while sniping in Call of Duty.  This is the single most effective method of hardening the emotions and abilities of confused teenagers.  I'm glad that kids are convinced that they possess the mental faculties, judgement, and maturity to take a life. +1 for your wolf pack growing by 1 today as well.   Now, try to make it two weeks without a hormonal rampage before you decide you are balanced enough to handle a major catastrophe and having to kill to survive.

     Alright.  Before I'm beaten to death with a maceball bat for being a smart ass, let me qualify my sarcasm. I like prepping.  I'm a big proponent of self sufficiency.  I hate not being able to discuss prepping in public without people questioning whether or not I have ever even seen an undressed woman, willingly.  That's her being willing, for clarity.
     Prepping isn't about obsessing about one single possible disaster.  It isn't all crazy people hoarding Twinkies and fry oil.  It isn't about a post adolescent post-apocalyptic fantasy in which you become the lone wolf gunman master of the wasteland.
     It is about being able to survive any disaster which may come your way and be able to take care of yourself, your family, and your community.
     Some of these guys are on the right track.  Some have really good ideas.  The show itself does you no favors if you are a prepper.  It's a punchline.

4 comments:

  1. My family was featured in season 1 and for the record, NatGeo requested that we pick a single thing to be preparing for, even though I'm not really preparing for a specific event. I chose to pick the one event that is certain to happen (or may have already happened), and that's Peak Oil.

    I tried being more generic, but they wanted a specific item. I suspect it's the same with the rest of the folks on DDP.

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  2. Thank you for the input. It's interesting to know that they tell you to pick just one event. Did they give a reason for that? I assume to make it fit the script and style of the show. How do you feel the show portrays preppers? Do you feel that we saw an accurate depiction of your family?

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  3. Yeah, I think it's to give the show a flow, it's less interesting if everybody is planning for everything.

    For the most part their depiction was as accurate as time and entertainment value allowed. I wasn't displeased with the final product, sure some of it was edited to come across a little silly, but that's TV, and I knew what I was getting into, since that's the industry I'm in.

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  4. Thanks again for sharing. NatGeo is there to make money and the show has to draw viewers. And while I poke fun at things like this sometimes, it has its place. Best to you and yours. LLP.

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