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The series highlights the hard and dangerous work that goes into sea gold mining. There's an underlying message that the people who do this kind of hard, physical work are rowdy, rude, and sometimes even criminal.
Positive Role Models
The miners work hard, but often take serious risks when dredging, including diving without being properly trained. Some skippers are more respectful than others of their crew. One crew member is trying to stay out of jail. There is one woman among the featured crews, showing that this kind of hard work is not only limited to men.
Violence & Scariness
Arguments often break out between the crew members. A bar brawl leads to bloody stab wounds that require stitches. Injuries like dislocated shoulders are sometimes sustained on the job.
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The miners have a salty vocab; words like "ass" are audible and curses like "s--t" and "f--k" are bleeped.
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Products & Purchases
Logos for Caterpillar tractors and Jeep Laredos are visible.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Celebrations and slow days sometimes lead to drinking and alcohol-fueled brawls. Cigarette smoking is visible.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this reality doc following gold miners dredging Alaskan sea beds for gold show some of the miners taking very dangerous risks to do their jobs. Expect some strong language ("ass," plus "s--t," "f--k" bleeped), arguing between crew members, and brief, occasional alcohol-driven brawls resulting in minor, but bloody injuries. Cigarette smoking is common, and logos for Caterpillar and Jeep Laredo are sometimes visible.
Is It Any Good?
The series showcases the competitive and dangerous work of Alaskan sea mining, as well as the mechanical methods that are used to do the work. It also highlights the fact that more people are turning to gold mining as a way of surviving tough economic times. But much of the drama comes from the relationships between the dredgers and their crew, rather than the actual gold haul.
Like the miners featured on Gold Rush, the sea miners here are driven both by greed as well as the need for survival. They are also willing to take very dangerous risks (like diving to the sea bottom with little or no training), for the sake of turning a profit. Nonetheless, the process is an interesting one to watch.
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