Storage Wars Collection 3
Storage Wars Collection Three is an interesting turn of events for the franchise, delivering less fun and more confusion than previous episodes. The real fun of Season 1 was the finding of hidden treasure, and village idiot Barry Weiss added a bit of over the top humour, that helped balance the show. But this third release, rather than being a season is a collection, and one that is poorly put together.
It becomes clear half way through the collection that the episodes are drastically out or chronological order, and this creates a bizarre twilight zone feeling that only serves to re-enforce your knowledge that this is a partially scripted TV show.
Adding weight to the scripted nature of the show, and a disappointing direction for the show to be taking, this collection focusses on the characters over the treasures. The producers even go as far as to throw in a couple of new serious bidders to apparently keep the regulars on their feet.
The feeling of scriptedness comes full force when the show becomes a pissing match between the alpha males creating situations where in normal life a fight would occur or someone would back down and not return. Neither of course happens. Dave Hester’s role goes from being the big ego of the show to total over the top dickyness when he rolls up in his far too big truck and trailer unit, which the following episode he has sign written in huge letters. This sign writing of course comes and goes as the episodes are out of order as previously mentioned.
As if that’s not enough stupidity and obvious scripted behaviour, the males take the pissing contest to new heights out-bidding each other and walking away with overpriced units without the essential finds to allow then to even break even.
Village idiot Weiss looses so much money episode after episode, even when he does strike gold it’s never enough to cover his losses. Losses that would make any sane (un-scriped) man try something different.
It’s sad that a show that held so much promise has taken this route, and fallen into the trap of over scripted, character driven ‘reality’ TV.
PG Coarse language and sexual references.
Reviewed by: Jonathan Read