Follow the lives of ambitious miners as they head north in pursuit of gold. With new miners, new claims, new machines and new ways to pull gold out of the ground, the stakes are higher than ever. But will big risks lead to an even bigger pay out?
Gold mining is a risky business – where one wrong move can cost a crew millions of dollars. As another Klondike winter thaws, this season the miners will take on even greater risks in hopes of finding more gold than ever before. But not every gamble always pans out with massive profits.
Returning from a record-breaking gold mining season is 21-year-old miner Parker Schnabel. It’s a sad start for Parker after losing his beloved grandfather and mentor John Schnabel. Parker’s leadership will be tested more than ever as he navigates the many changes in his life. This year, he makes the biggest investment in the history of his operation by ordering a customized $600,000 washplant. But will it be enough to beat out his archrival Todd Hoffman? With a new girlfriend from Australia, Ashley Yule, joining him in the Klondike, it will be a season like no other for Parker. His gold mining plan is to go lean and mean in an attempt to make his biggest profit yet.
Meanwhile, Todd Hoffman takes the biggest gamble of his life, turning his back on the Klondike and moving his entire operation to Oregon. Todd is on a quest for huge nuggets at the High Bar mine, located high up in the mountains. It’s a bold move – with Todd so confident that he sets an ambitious 5,000 ounce goal – more than 2,000 ounces than his best-ever total. But with the first Oregon clean ups way below expectations, Todd begins to wonder if he’s made a massive mistake. Could this season mark the end of the Hoffman crew?
Legendary Klondike miner Tony Beets, aka “The Viking,” is back and doubling down by investing $2 million in resurrecting a second historic gold dredge - twice as big as his first. Last year, people thought he was crazy for investing in his first ancient dredge. But Tony is hoping that once again he can accomplish the impossible. But first, he must transport the 75-year-old abandoned dredge from a remote spot 150 miles down-river. He’ll need his family to step up to the plate and run the rest of his gold-mining empire. But when his first dredge sinks within days, Tony’s son, Kevin, finds himself in his father’s firing line.
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
Edward Gorsuch, Justin Kelly, Tim Dalby
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