My first question is why do all of the so called “reality shows” wind up in pawn shops? Dig Wars, like Pawn Stars and Storage Wars became just another in the long line….
Overall the show was not bad, but I would have liked it better if:
- It didn’t begin with words like “millions” and a “150 thousand”, etc..
- It explained the purpose or plot of the show in the beginning (i.e., this is a competition hunt between three pairs of hunters, etc.)
- It told more about the participants. How were they chosen, where they were from, their backgrounds (for instance, the fact that Ron is a fireman in Chicago would have been a nice touch)
- It were not so obviously scripted (their enthusiasm and instant historical knowledge of what they found was not natural nor typical)
- The audio was better synched…detector sounds often did not match the video (yeah I know I am being picky)
- It explained to the viewer that the places they were hunting were NOT usually available to the average detectorist
- It did not play down the danger of an unexploded ordnance
- It did not exaggerate the value of the finds
- It were an hour long and allowed for more detailed explanation of what the participants see and hear while detecting (i.e., why they dig this and not that, etc.)
Now, having said all this, “Dig Wars” is certainly a notch above the other treasure hunting shows I’ve seen, and for the record I’ve stopped watching those a long time ago. I will continue to watch Dig Wars, and hope that it get’s better, although I doubt it will, given that it’s entertainment and not really “reality”. I think this show would have been much better if it were longer, and gave the viewer a better of idea of what metal detecting is really all about, and I think that it can be done without taking away any entertainment value.
I am not sure that metal detecting TV shows will ever represent the whole of what we do, but at least they are getting better with each new endeavor, and who amongst us old timers would have ever dreamed that we would even be talking about this?
HITTING ONE HUNDRED…
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THE TEKKIE VS. ARKIE FACEOFF!
Have agreed to be on the American Digger magazine’s Relic Roundup July 15th for a “Tekkie vs. Arkie” faceoff with Lisa Hume MacIntyre. I like Lisa a great deal, but we have our differences, and this show should prove interesting. Mark it on your calendar. Should be fun!
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WARSAW WALLY DOES NOT LIKE HIS NAME…
Well every treasure hunter’s friend in Warsaw is upset and whining. Apparently he does not like to be called names. You see it’s okay for him to insult and degrade others via snide remarks but out and out name calling is rude? See his latest tirade here.
I am proud to say that my blog is now in the company of Peter Tompa’s Cultural Property Observer, in that Wally has now adopted a “Houghton/Howland” principle…a testament to our ability to get under his skin. Wally, cheer up….things could be a helluva lot worse! You could live next door to Heritage Harry!