I checked out the new metal detecting show “Dig Wars” which premiered on the Travel channel, Wednesday, June 12th. It was refreshing to see a more realistic view of what we do. Below is my review, which responds to and coincides with Dick Stout’s review.
Detecting Diva’s Review:
I thought the show was closer to the reality of metal detecting than other shows I have seen. I expected a lot of suspenseful digging and the dramatic reveal of obviously planted & glorified discoveries, and was relieved to see some mediocre finds.
I was pleased, of course, that they had a woman on the show. At least I had someone to side with and root for—now if they would have an episode where she has a bathroom dilemma, the reality part of the show would be complete.
I realize its entertainment, however, the enthusiasm over some of their finds bordered on obnoxious, and the bomb issue…um…FAIL!
I also noticed the lack of audio syncing, and thought if they are going to do the audio that way, maybe the guy hunting should take of his headphones. Just sayin’.
Was it a dollar or a half dollar?
When they went to have their finds evaluated, I was like, Oh God, here we go–they are going to say that stirrup is worth like $3500. How awesome was it to see some realistic values placed on items? Unlike some other shows where I was thinking, geez if that guy got 5k for that rusty relic, then I better take inventory because my box of junk is sure to make me a millionaire…Not.
I thought Chicago Ron did a great job, and was actually the most believable and natural acting in the group. I don’t know what the criteria was for choosing the detectorists, but there are a lot of well know detectorists out there, and the others on the show, I have never heard of.
I will definitely be watching Dig Wars on a regular basis.