Doomsday Preppers Season 4 review
Season 4, Ep. 01 – ‘To Fail is to Die’ | Aired July 24, 2014
by TS Alan
It’s been six months since Doomsday Preppers went on a self-imposed hiatus, partially because of the fallout from the controversy stirred up over the episode “We are the Marauders” that aired November 13, 2013, and their waning ratings. The show had already been loosing viewership when Tyler Smith, leader of the Buckley, Tennessee survivalist group Spartan Survival, appeared on the aforementioned episode. Instead of prepping for themselves, he announced when the SHTF, he and his group would use whatever means necessary to come and steal your survival supplies.
Well, it turns out this marauding survivalist was a felon, convicted of communicating with a minor for immoral purposes and theft. He’s not allowed to own or handle a gun, but yet there he was on television shooting a rifle and boasting, “We’ll kick your door in and take your supplies… We are the marauders.” He was arrested by Pierce County Sheriff’s Detective Ed Troyer, shortly after the episode aired and charged on two counts of second-degree unlawful possession of a firearm because he was a previously convicted child sex offender and is legally barred from possessing firearms. He was also charged with being an unregistered sex offender, having moved to Pierce County and failing to notify authorities of his level one sex offense conviction.
The episode didn’t stand well for many viewers, including myself, who were already disillusioned by the poor third season episodes and their direction. Smith’s segment only solidified why the show was no longer interesting and no longer a place where one could learn about prepping from the ordinary, and sometimes not so ordinary, people that take prepping seriously. Instead NatGeo turned the show into a mockery of itself by giving the unintelligent and inarticulate a platform on which to yammer on about the End of Days, making all preppers look like nut jobs.
Now after a six month hiatus, Doomsday Preppers has returned, and has revamped its realty-based program by getting back-to-basics, making it more like the first two seasons — a place for real preppers to share their concerns and the ways they are prepping with an audience, and getting feedback from experts on how to improve their chances for survival.
I had an opportunity to watch the season four premier, and I will say that they have, at least so far, recognized their poor judgement in some of the the people they had showcased in season three, and found some preppers that are interesting in a good way and reflect well on the prepping community, and yes we are a community.
I must admit though, I got a chuckle out of Cindy Stewart who fears a nuclear attack on US military bases followed by a ground invasion, and who seemed to whine and whimper during most of her segment on the episode “To Fail Is To Die.” She and her family moved out of an Atlanta, GA suburb after 9/11 to more rural Butler, GA, 100 miles away. She had a tremendous fear that Atlanta could become a target for terrorists. Her fears were not what I was found amusing. It was that she bought her “safer” home just several hundred yards from the road. If she was trying to avoid contact with hostiles, maybe she should have thought about purchasing a home like Jimi Falcon in the first segment.
Jimi Falcon has been prepared for World War III for 25 years, having moved a mile high into the Rocky Mountains and seven miles from the nearest town of Frenchtown, Montana. Jimi is totally self reliant and ready for a foreign invasion, who he believes will most likely come from the Chinese or the North Koreans, and has several fully stocked caves if for some reason he has to evacuate his home. Jimi is even trying to teach his two cats to be self sufficient by training them to hunt, which hasn’t been going too well. His cats would rather play with their prey than kill and eat it.
In the third of three segments we meet retired US Army officer Rodney Godfrey from West Virginia, who is prepared for a natural disaster based upon global climate changes. He can monitor global events in real time from his master control center that utilizes over 20 different radios and support equipment that can receive and transmit voice, data and satellite information on multiple frequencies and bandwidths. Rod teaches us how vital it is to have a communication plan.
My only issue with the preppers who go on the show and tell the world about how they are prepared with all their food and weapons is that they’re going to be the first ones targeted not only by marauders, but by the U.S. government. Better have a large stash that only you know about.
Doomsday Preppers airs Thursdays at 9:00 EST on NatGeo.