'Gold Rush Alaska' - Season 1 Finale Recap

Well, it all comes down to this. A bunch of dudes on a misguided adventure exploring a glory hole for its hidden nuggets. The season has had it's share of highs and lows, but always managed to somehow justify itself through each character's earnest naïveté. One man's adventure is most every other man's stupid delusion of grandeur, and however you feel about the trials of the Hoffmans and their band of merry miners, the show sends a conflicted message about the American dream and our quest to obtain it.

The entire endeavor is couched as the pursuit of the American dream by people down on their luck with their backs against the wall between a rock and a hard place living on a prayer, but their execution of that dream is the most idiotic, misinformed, and harebrained scheme since Ponzi himself. The implication is that, by the transitive property, the American dream is a sham perpetrated by the media to sell Budweiser. The only way out of that logic is to stumble upon a mountain of gold halfway to China. Read More...



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