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A depressed economy has radically changed the way many Americans live their lives. For Todd and Jack Hoffman, those changes mean risking it all -- including their health -- as gold miners in the wilds of Alaska. With his aviation business grounded, Todd leases a gold claim in southeast Alaska, Porcupine Creek, the same place his father, Jack, mined in the 1980s. They recruit a small group of greenhorn miners from their Sandy, Ore., hometown, and "Gold Rush: Alaska" follows their efforts to strike it rich. It's the biggest gamble these men have ever taken, a last chance in the heart of "The Last Frontier."
Though some conversations are clearly reconstructed for the cameras, there is a feeling in "Gold Rush" that the stakes are quite real, with actual problems shown with real emotions (which should be standard in such series but sadly isn't). There's the allure of the gamble of mining, too, because hard work doesn't necessarily equal reward. With few certainties, things are kept tense and interesting. There is expensive heavy machinery and monster trucks to help the crews break through ice and stir up tracks during the short season they are able to work without frost, and watching those machines work is just flat-out fun. The action is enhanced by an emotive soundtrack as well as some strategically-placed cameras on the equipment itself. The pace swirls swiftly, but a narrator seamlessly guides us through what's happening on screen: how these men get the work done is part of the fascination and draw of the show, and the unexpected educational aspect gives it a little more depth than just waiting for someone to get lucky.--Allison Keane, The Hollywood Reporter, October 26, 2012
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