Moonshiners

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Wednesday 10:00 PM on Discovery Channel Premiered Dec 06, 2011 In Season

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    As entertaining as it can be, the situations & events are ridiculous. It all has to be scripted & rehearsed. Nobody who makes moonshine as these guys supposedly do would have a camera crew following them around revealing their names, actions, & methods to the general public & law enforcement. No member of law enforcement in their right mind would have a camera crew following them around either, documenting their tactics for criminals & actual moonshiners to see. Having sheriff's deputies who only look for & pursue moonshiners seems like a big waste of taxpayer's money. In the first season ABC agents busted an alleged 'nip joint' where they found narcotics, a lot of cash, illegal firearms, and just a gallon of shine. The house was probably more of a drug den than a speakeasy. The "moonshiners" probably make more money just being on the show than they would from selling the moonshine they allegedly make, which is probably why they agreed to be on the show. The plot holes, or rather hole in this alleged reality, are rampant. How does Tim have his 16 year old son involved in all this without being charged with corruption of a minor? Why is Jim Tom suspicious of a guy he's supposedly meeting for the first time when this guy has his own camera crew following him around? Why are they so concerned about making noise in a vast wooded area? Sounds of generators, gas-powered water pumps, & chainsaw don't carry "for miles" in a densely wooded, hilly area. They don't see as concerned about the noise of the ATVs they use. Speaking out which, if they need the money so bad, maybe they can sell their newer vehicles that they would be making payments on? Everyone is said to be behind schedule, so why don't they prepare more in the 'off-season'? They all seem to procrastinate & waste time. Make stills, gather ingredients, and stash things away beforehand, and don't make mash that will supposedly go bad quickly when you don't have a still yet. Josh & Bill went through a lot of trouble to build a "hidden" room under the stage that anyone can find (it's at the site of the Plum Hollow Festival) but didn't really use it to make moonshine. They spent a lot of money on a stainless steel still that now they're not going to use. All the guys are concerned about having their stills spotted on the road, yet their tarps & camouflage keep blowing off or coming undone. If you don't want to draw attention to yourself, don't have a camera crew following you around in public. Last season Tim ingeniously stashed shine in hollowed out round hay bales (that authorities will now look for), which Tickle conveniently needed later to pay back a guy he owed money to. Now Tim's working for/with a legal distiller and that situation is so full of staged situations that I won't even get into it. In the last episode I saw Mark & Jeff were trying to drive a side-by-side UTV up a steep bank towing a trailer that's big enough to haul the UTV itself. The weight alone made it impossible, not to mention the ground clear of the trailer. The episode before that, Tickle supposedly drove 6 hours to meet a guy Tim put him in touch with & the guy got mad that Tickle walked up to him in a public place talking about moonshine. Everything smoothed over though when the guy actually talked to Tim, and now he's even cool with being on camera. Shouldn't Tim have talked to before Tickle got there? There must be dozens of cameras and a couple cameramen with each group of moonshiners to film what someone says & the others' reactions without moving the camera, then there's all the stationary cameras on the vehicles getting the perfect shot. Every few episodes the narrator reiterates that you need a thump barrel, a copper coil, and water to keep the coil cool. We get it, alright?