Starting on Sunday, June 17 from 10pm/9c, The History Channel will begin airing a new series called Ice Road Truckers. In what might either elevate or end reality TV, this has got to be one of the more dangerous shows. Following the truckers, the job breaks down as follows. We track 6 men Alex, Rick, Jay, Hugh, T.J. and Drew over two months as they take "vital" supplies over frozen lakes that also happen to be the only roads that can get them to their destination. So where are they going? The show takes place near the Arctic Circle and the trucking industry itself is located outside of Yellowknife in Canada's Northwest Territory. With the diamond industry bringing in $1.9 million dollars a year, they depend on these trucks to bring supplies for their mining purposes.
As I was watching this show my biggest thought is that its amazing what people are forced to do for money. While these gentlemen might be well compensated, it seems like a lot to ask considering that these guys are taking their lives in their hands every time they go to work. I mean, imagine working and knowing at any second you might have to abandon your truck because its sinking into the ice? Think about this, its tough enough to drive a truck in good weather conditions. Imagine driving them in conditions that are so adverse, you don't know from one day from the next at all what is going to happen.?Think about jackknifing your rig, or getting into some kind of accident, or even being backed up (which does happen on this show). This is nature we're talking about and there really isn't a way to control these elements at all. It does what it does and one has to be malleable to each and every situation. Just watching this show was nervewracking.
As I was watching this show, I began wondering what's next? Maybe they'll do a reality show on Americans working in Saudi Arabia or Iraq? I hear that those jobs pay really well. I don't mean to sound like a party pooper but imagine if this was your brother or father doing this kind of a job? Traveling over a desolate, 350 mile ice highway. I know that this job gives them quick money, they also give supplies to the diamond miners in the Canadian Tundra, but why do people have to risk their lives like this in order to provide a better life for their family? In some way this is necessary so I can't get on it too much, I guess I just wish we lived in a world where it didn't have to be. This isn't Fear Factor, where these people are eating disgusting things or doing stunts with machinery and people backing them up. These people are risking their lives with no net.
Ice Road Truckers airs on Sunday, June 17 from 10pm/9c on The History Channel.