DVD Review: Storage Wars Collection 5
The Storage Wars Collection Five DVD covers the last 17 episodes of season 3, and they appear to be in chronological order this time around. The interesting thing about this DVD, for fans of the series is that there is no Dave Hester pictured on the front cover, but we’ll get to that later. Some might consider this spoiler territory.
For those who have yet to experience the guilt pleasure that is Storage Wars, here’s a brief run down of what to expect. The show follows a group of second hand dealers who go to storage auctions – where storage lockers of various sizes are auctioned off to help recover non-payment of the lease – to try and hit the jackpot, or at least fill there stores with quality merchandise to sell to their own customers. And by jackpot, I mean anything from a rare Star Wars jacket to bundles of cold hard cash. jewelry or antiques.
The four main players tend to try and out bid each other, though bad boy of the series Dave Hester started up bidding auctions just to piss the other players off.
The rules are simple, the locker door gets opened, and everyone has five minutes to look inside and try and figure out what might be lurking in there. No one can go in, touch or open and boxes. It’s 50/50 knowing what to look for and guesswork.
Once the auctions have been completed, the winning bidders then go through and value what they’ve bought, taking any items that they don’t know about to local specialists to get a bit of a history and a fair market price. Then everyone’s implied profits are tallied up and a weekly ‘winner’ announced.
It’s basic reality TV, but is entertaining on a couple of levels. First there is some obvious scripting going on with the friendly banter between the main ‘contestants’ and it won’t be long before you’ve picked your favourite dealer and are cheering for them. Likewise, it probably won’t take you long to find the one that you hate. Secondly there is the sheer head-shaking insanity of what people decide is worth paying to store, and last but not least is the hitting the jackpot moments along with the taking items to specialists to hear about the history and get price.
So back to Collection Five and the missing Dave Hester on the front cover. Dave is the kind of egotistical prick that you’ll either hate or admire. I can’t stand the guy, especially as he has started to ruin the show by spitefully up bidding auctions he has no interest in, or saying before the auction that he’s going to win a particular locker, then when he looses to a higher bider, claims he never wanted the pile of junk, but wanted to make them pay for it. He’s a poor looser and and ever worse winner.
I’ve contemplated how much better the show would be without him. So after finishing Collection Four I did a little research, and discovered that Dave got fired from Storage Wars towards the end of season 3, after accused the show of committing fraud. He get all upset and decided to sue the shows producers A&E, but ended up loosing and having to pay their court fees. Brilliant. Dave got what was a long time coming.
I of course was interested to see if Dave’s departure was preceded by anything on the show, but other than almost getting in a fight with Brandon Sheets in one episode, nothing other than the cover artwork and a little internet digging would suggest that Dave had left the show, other than be absent quite often in both Collection Four and Five.
As for Collection Five, it lived up to expectations of the previous releases, and sees Jarrod and Brandi steeping up and winning a few episodes, along with Darren Sheets picking his biggest payday locker ever, and the always entertaining Mark Balelo, who like Dave, always struts his stuff, throws his money around and then sulks like a spoilt kid when he overpays for a locker of junk.
Roll on Collection Six, I just can’t get enough of my guilty pleasure.
Rating: PG Coarse language.