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On TV: Doomsday Garage ‘Suburban Commando’ Review

Remember when I blogged the other day about a new “doomsday”-themed TV show on the cable/satellite channel Country Music Television?

Well, I got the chance to watch the premier episode of Doomsday Garage this afternoon.

Here’s a short summary of what went on in “Suburban Commando”:

The show started off with the following intro:

When all Hell breaks lose, people need to defend themselves and get out of harm’s way. A bunker isn’t going to cut it. It’s just an underground death trap. You’ve got to stay mobile. That’s where we come in. My son and I build custom vehicles called bug-out trucks. Whether it’s a terrorist attack, a natural disaster, or a government takeover, you need to be tougher than the danger ahead. We build bug-out trucks, so regular Joes can protect themselves and their families. We’re the best in the business, because we live by only one rule:

When danger strikes, you’ve got to strike back.

Viewers were introduced to the following garage personnel (in order of appearance):

-Jeff (Aylesworth): Owner, The Toy Store, Longview, Washington
-Zach (Aylesworth): Jeff’s son and tasked with vehicle design
-Aaron: Fabricator
-Marion: Fabricator
-Mike: Weapons expert

In this episode, the client was Ryan, a prepper. Ryan lives with his wife Tina and three boys in the suburbs, and explained to viewers:

My fear is economic collapse, and the anarchy that would ensue, leaving a wasteland of desperate people doing desperate things.

I need a bug-out truck that would get my family and I to safety. I’m doing what every good husband and father should do.

Should Ryan and his young family ever have to “bug out,” they’d have to traverse some real difficult terrain by the sounds of it.

And besides needing to have the ability to go off-road, Ryan’s discussion with Jeff and Zach revealed their “survival truck” required weapons and a quad (all-terrain vehicle).

Regarding weaponry, Ryan insisted:

Big, right? We need to make that statement. We need to make sure that people know it’s about business.

This I had to see.

This first part of Doomsday Garage really reminded me of the beginning of Doomsday Bunkers.

Having the information they need from the client interview, the garage went to work.

Due to the size of the family and requirements , Jeff and Zach selected an older but in good shape Chevy Suburban for their vehicle platform (cost $4,000).

Thousands of dollars more were poured into the project with the following “improvements”:

-Full body exoskeleton (exterior roll cage) for protection and strength
-Roof rack for supplies, quad ramps
-Small drone for reconnaissance
-Four-wheeled ATV
-Browning .50 Caliber Machine Gun (selected by Zach with Mike’s help)
-Paint job (all black truck, yellow cage)

It’s a sweet-looking bug-out vehicle, that’s all I can say.

Ryan and Tina seemed to think so too, and the last part of the “Suburban Commando” showed the couple putting their BOV through the paces with the help of Mike and the garage.

By the time Tina chewed up and detonated a junked car with her “Ma Deuce,” it became all too clear that not only did their customized Chevy Suburban look the part of a survival truck, but played it as well.

So what did I think about the premiere episode of Doomsday Garage?

I liked it. The premiere episode offered a little bit of everything for the prepper/survivalist, the gearhead, the off-roading enthusiast, the gun “nut,” and the “reality” TV fan.

Jeff, Zach, and the rest of cast are likeable too.

As I mentioned earlier, the format reminded me of Doomsday Bunkers quite a bit (which is funny considering the intro flamed underground shelters), where Deep Earth Bunker would meet with clients, talk to them about their needs, go about fabricating the customized underground shelter, and bring the clients to where their bunker was being fabricated.

Also, like I’ve said before with other prepper/survivalist-themed TV productions, I’m big on education/information with as little as possible “reality” TV. While I would have preferred more info on the various aspects of the setup and project (you can’t just buy an M2 machine gun at the local gun shop), the production company behind Doomsday Garage thankfully kept the reality stuff to a minimum (Aaron breaking the die on the pipe bender was the only instance of drama I can remember).

Come to think of it, there wasn’t much to dislike about the show at all. The only thing I really had a beef with was the episode being only a half-hour long. With such a time constraint, a lot of material can only be glossed-over. If that’s all the time Doomsday Garage will have to work with down the road, perhaps pop-ups can be utilized to share more information with viewers.

While Doomsday Garage looks set up to be an ongoing TV series, I couldn’t find anything on the Country Music Television website that indicates it will be.

Here’s hoping it is.

For more information about the show, visit the CMT website here.

And if you don’t have cable/satellite and CMT, don’t fret though, because CMT has uploaded the entire episode on their website here. Enjoy!

By Christopher E. Hill, Editor
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Thoughts About Independence USA After Season 2

Yesterday I mentioned Glenn Beck’s The Blaze TV. The more I watch the channel on satellite TV (DISH Network ch. 212 in Chicago), the more I’m impressed with it. As a matter of fact, a terrific prepper/survivalist-themed “reality” TV show on The Blaze is Independence USA. I discussed what this successor to Apocalypse PA is about back in a September 14 post. I also noted at that time:

Starting Sunday, September 16, new episodes of Independence USA will be airing on TheBlazeTV.

And I intend to be watching.

As for those episodes I missed? Here’s hoping there will be an Independence USA marathon sometime soon.

Well, I have been watching, and it appears season 2 has ended after 10 episodes (season 1 comprised 8 installments).

Here are some thoughts about Independence USA after their sophomore season:

• Regular readers of the blog know I watch a good deal of “doomsday” TV. The Blaze TV’s Independence USA is “reality” TV, not unlike National Geographic Channel’s Doomsday Preppers and Discovery Channel’s Doomsday Bunkers. And like the other two television series, it’s good. Real good in my opinion.
• I like to watch Doomsday Preppers because I’m curious to see what Americans across the country are doing to prepare for TEOTWAWKI. I like watching Doomsday Bunkers because I’ve always been fascinated by underground shelters ever since I was a kid, and I like the technical aspect of the show. As for Independence USA? Frank Belcastro and his family are “preparing for the worst, one unbelievable project at a time.” While the family is very likeable, it’s the projects that really draw me in. I find myself eagerly anticipating Sunday night to see what projects (old and new) Frank, wife Kim, son Adam, and daughter Emma are working on to bring them closer to achieving self-sufficiency.
• Regarding the projects- discussion and information provided about them isn’t really too in-depth. Just enough to give viewers an idea of why they’re needed and what’s entailed in making them happen. If I’m really interested in finding out more about something I saw in an episode, I just jump on the Internet and start digging around. My favorite Belcastro project from the episodes I’ve seen has to be the underground shelter made from a shipping container. Very cool.
• It was obvious from watching the episode that featured their remote campsite and “new” cabin cruiser that the Belcastro family and Independence USA plan on sticking around for a while. That would be nice. Make it happen Glenn.
• The Blaze could really run with this TV series. Doomsday Preppers has a tremendous presence on the Nat Geo Channel portion of the National Geographic website (which comes to no surprise as it’s their highest-rated television series). The same could be done with Independence USA on The Blaze TV area of At the very least, the “Episodes” area of the show’s webpage could use more detail. The Blaze TV wasn’t picked up by the DISH Network until recently. As such, DISH customers missed season 1 of Independence USA. I’ve seen a bunch of episodes now, but I’m not too sure which season they belonged to. I also know I didn’t see all of them in order. I saw a greenhouse being built on top of the buried Belcastro bunker in one episode, and the bunker being installed in a “later” one. Yep- more info on the show’s webpage would be real nice to help viewers keep track of things. Also, how about an Independence USA marathon for DISH Network customers, or replaying all 18 episodes of season 1 and 2 before the next season premieres? Like I said, The Blaze could really run with this show.

In my opinion, The Blaze has a real gem here with Independence USA. I think it could rival Doomsday Preppers in popularity if Glenn Beck’s crew play their cards right.

You can find out more information about the show on here.

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Upcoming TEOTWAWKI And End Times-Related TV Shows

So, did anyone see the premiere Monday of the new NBC television series Revolution (discussed here)? Last month I came across a Los Angeles Times article that talked about upcoming TEOTWAWKI and End Times-related television shows. T.L. Stanley wrote in “Show Tracker: What You’re Watching” on the Times website on July 28:

Armageddon is about to get unprecedented amounts of TV airtime. In the coming months, network and cable channels will use doomsday as a hook to draw viewers to end-times-themed reality competitions, action thrillers, comic-book adaptations and docu-dramas…

If you want to know more about what’s already out there (Doomsday Bunkers, Doomsday Preppers, Tom Hanks’ Electric City, Falling Skies, Revolution, The Walking Dead) and what’s in store for TV viewers (Last Family on Earth, Last Resort, The Last Ship, among others), check out Stanley’s piece on the Times site here.

“Last Resort Trailer- ABC Network”
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‘Doomsday Bunkers’ Could Be Cancelled?

Back on March 7, I blogged about a new Discovery Channel TV series called Doomsday Bunkers, which focused on Dallas, Texas-based company Deep Earth Bunker and their design/manufacture of emergency shelters for different clients. The first of what would eventually be three episodes making up season 1 debuted later that day, with a new show appearing every Wednesday until March 21. As no new installments followed, fans questioned whether or not the series had been cancelled. Then came a May 15 Deep Earth Bunker press release that indicated a second season was forthcoming, with 16 new episodes of Doomsday Bunkers being filmed.

However, the other day I was reading the “Show Tracker” section on the Los Angeles Times website. T.L. Stanley wrote on July 28:

And though Discovery Channel hasn’t decided to bring back the modest hit “Doomsday Bunkers,” which followed a Dallas-based company called Deep Earth Bunker and its clients, the network has some one-hour end-of-the-world specials in mind for this year.

Discovery wasn’t specifically looking for an apocalyptic-themed series, said Nancy Daniels, the network’s executive vice president of production and development, but “Doomsday Bunkers” fit with its ongoing strategy of highlighting entrepreneurs (a la “American Choppers”) and quirky subcultures.

“Our viewers respond to people who take charge and take control of their lives,” Daniels said. “And these preppers are so focused and so certain of their path. It makes you think, ‘That’s kind of crazy, but maybe I should be doing it.'”

(Editor’s note: Italics added for emphasis)

Judging from what’s written, it sounds like the Discovery Channel may be on the fence as it concerns bringing back Doomsday Bunkers.

Stay tuned…


Stanley, T.L. “TV is rife with apocalyptic visions.” Los Angeles Times. 28 July 2012. (,0,7319382.story). 1 Aug. 2012.

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Resource Of The Week: Deep Earth Bunker Radio

Many of you need no introduction to Deep Earth Bunker LLC. Back on March 9 I introduced the new Discovery Channel TV show Doomsday Bunkers and wrote:

Enter Scott Bales, an engineer by trade and owner of Deep Earth Bunker out of Dallas, Texas. From their website:

We manufacture and design, Bunkers and Storm/Hurricane Shelters Panic Vaults and Safe Rooms!

According to Bales, DEB started off fabricating storm shelters first, then added bunkers due to prepper demand. From the show:

Extreme weather and a volatile economy have triggered an explosion of new preppers. Scott’s Texas plant has been bombarded with new orders.

The company has built and installed hundreds of bunkers to date.

While surfing the DEB website earlier this week I noticed Scott and company now had something called Deep Earth Bunker Radio. From the site:

The Host of Doomsday Bunkers Scott and guests, talking about many issues as well as bunkers!

Sounds neat. It looks like the first show premiered on Saturday, May 26, but they ran into technical problems. I downloaded the next two shows- which aired that next day and that following Saturday- onto my MP3 player earlier this week. From the website:

Make up Show Deep Earth Bunker
Sun, May 27, 2012

We apologize for our first show on Saturday, the servers which handle live streaming and callers was down and we couldnt take calls or stream live, a recording of the show is on, we stopped 45 mins early because our scheduled callers couldnt get into the system. So we scheduled a 1 hr show tonight in order to make up for it.

Guests toight, Steve Willis from EP2 Tactical Bunker, Michael Haden from EP1 , James , And Big Johnny Price…

Doomsday Bunkers and Deep Earth Bunker
Sat, June 2, 2012


We have several guests on the show, including DUTCHSINSE, and several clients of Deep Earth Bunker.

The Producer of our show is Dixon Troyer, and 20 year Veteran producer of several tv shows and doomsday bunkers our show! He also was a actor back in the day.

We can take questions about our show , what we are doing now, etc.. As well as discuss many things going on in the world, why people need to protect themselves.






Also the Media that we are about to do on national tv and other radio stations, news stations.

We can talk about almost anything.

I listened to both shows, and I must admit, I didn’t know what to think at first. The production quality wasn’t as polished as something like The Survival Podcast. Scott Bales even went off-air late during the June 2 show. But I’ve always been more about the content when it comes to these things, so the rough-around-the-edges production and glitches weren’t that big of a deal for me. I have a pretty good idea Dixon, Scott, and the rest of the gang will iron things out as the show progresses.

About content. The topics for each show were announced at the beginning of the broadcasts, and a number of subjects were discussed, including the “Amero,” bartering, bug-out bags, bunkers (of course!), current threats, self-sufficiency, weapons, and zombies, to name a few. Call-in guests contributed to the discussion. These included preppers, bunker clients who appeared on Doomsday Bunkers episodes, and even a producer of National Geographic Channel’s Doomsday Preppers, who got into prepping after working on that show. Listeners were also invited to call in as well.

Overall, I liked the two installments I listened to of Deep Earth Bunker Radio. Nothing was really in-depth, but they touched on a lot of subjects. Some stuff I found interesting/useful, others things, not so much. But someone else probably did though, so that’s cool. Following-up with DEB clients who appeared on Doomsday Bunkers was neat, as was the Doomsday Preppers producer’s story. I plan on listening to their next show, which is scheduled to be broadcast tomorrow, Saturday, June 9.

(Editor’s note: Deep Earth Bunker Radio no longer broadcasting)

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Deep Earth Bunker’s Scott Bales: Most Prepping For Global Economic Crash

Last night I blogged about the Discovery Channel TV series Doomsday Bunkers. And before I forget, I recently came across a piece on the website of CBS affiliate First 12 News in northeast Texas in which Deep Earth Bunker owner Scott Bales talked about the prepper movement. Kristen Shanahan wrote on May 10:

“They’re worried about the dollar collapse, civil unrest, food shortages,” Scott Bales, owner of Deep Earth Bunkers, said…

“A dirty bomb could happen,” exclaimed Bales.

Those who believe the worst is yet to come are getting ready and they are known as “preppers”. For the past 14 years, Scott Bales has been in the business of building bunkers, shelters that can withstand just about anything designed to keep unwelcome guests out – including zombies.

“Zombies are people that didn’t prepare and then the world does whatever, and they’re the ones trying to get in your bunker to get your stuff that will kill you for your food and water. They go from procrastinators to zombies instantly,” Bales said.

Shanahan got a taste of operational security (OPSEC) while putting together the article. The KXII reporter and weekend anchor added:

Preppers come in all shapes and sizes. You could have a prepper next door to you and never even know it. Secrecy is just another tool for survival that is why none of the preppers we talked to would speak on camera.

“If you spend about half a million dollars on a bunker and you were going to hide there if there was a collapse, you wouldn’t want anybody knowing where it is because they’re going to know you have food and water in that bunker, and they’re going to come and get it,” Bales explained.

Having a number of preppers among his bunker clients, Bales talked about their gravest concern. From the piece:

He says people are preparing for all sorts of situations, but the most common is the potential crash of the worldwide economy.

“If we ran out of food right now and everybody ran to the store, there would only be three days of food left on every shelf and warehouse in the country. Three days,” Bales said.

(Editor’s note: Italics added for emphasis)

A worldwide financial crash? That’s just plain crazy.

Seriously, when was the last time the global economy was in that degree of trouble?

Sarcasm off.


Shanahan, Kristen. “‘Preppers’ preparing for the end.” First 12 News. 10 May 2012. ( 6 June 2012.

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Doomsday Bunkers Season 2 Airs This Winter With 16 New Episodes

Looks like the Discovery Channel TV series Doomsday Bunkers will be returning for season 2 this coming winter. From a Deep Earth Bunker press release dated May 15:

To our fans, we appreciate you more than you know. The three special episodes that aired on in March were exciting to film and be a part of, and would not have been successful without your support.

Currently, we are excited to announce that we are filming with our own production company for the winter season.

We want to express our sincere gratitude to all the people who worked with us.

We ask for your patience as 16 episodes can take several months to film and edit. You will enjoy what we have been up to and the projects we have been working on.

Be on the lookout for teaser clips and upcoming radio and television interviews!

We are working very hard behind the scenes to make the best show possible for you.

Thank you for your patience, understanding and continued support.



Looking forward to the new episodes…

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Signs Of The Time, Part 46

First, there was National Geographic Channel’s Doomsday Preppers.

Then, there was Discovery Channel’s Doomsday Bunkers.

Now, there’s Zombie Preppers.

From’s “Casting Calls” section:

Casting for Zombie Preppers

Posted On: 05/10/2012
Closing On: 06/30/2012
Casting Call Information
City: Any City
State: National

Major television production company seeks individuals and families prepping for the apocalypse….zombie style. If you are preparing for the end of the world by training to kill zombies and stay alive in a zombie apocalypse, then we want to hear from you. Please give us a brief description about your experience in preparing for a zombie apocalypse and include a photo with contact information.

This I’ve got to see.

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800 Posts And Counting

Survival And Prosperity just reached another milestone with 800 posts having been published since the blog’s debut on November 22, 2010.

Perhaps a quick vacation is in order?

With all the new developments going on these days that could impact our personal and financial safety and growth- that’s not going to happen.

I know the weblog has been heavy on the financial side lately, but I felt sharing and discussing this material was necessary. If we only got our cues about the economy from those in power in Washington, D.C., and from the Federal Reserve these days, it would be all good news all the time. Comparing what’s been said against actual performance often reveals a different story. And contrary to the official line that says the U.S. economic recovery is growing stronger, I remain convinced it’s all a façade, and one need only look beneath the surface to comprehend how much trouble the economy and larger financial system are truly in. I truly wish this weren’t so- but I owe it to myself, and SP readers, to be a “grown-up” about this.

Going forward, I will be publishing a few more posts today before I switch over into full “Doomsday” mode for the next couple of days. I owe readers four episode reviews of the National Geographic Channel TV series Doomsday Preppers. Once those are published, I intend to address some of the criticisms being hurled at that show and the Discovery Channel TV series Doomsday Bunkers.

In the meantime, should any blog-worthy events pop up, I might fit those in as well.

That’s it for now. As always, feel free to contact me regarding any questions/concerns/suggestions you have about the blog. I’m a little bit behind on responding to recent messages but I hope to have that taken care of in the next couple of days. I apologize for the delay.

Have a great rest of the week,

Christopher E. Hill

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Doomsday Bunkers Season 1 Now On Deep Earth Bunker Website

Speaking of the Discovery Channel TV series Doomsday Bunkers, I noticed this morning that Deep Earth Bunker, the shelter company that’s been the focus of the show, now has the entire season 1 (three episodes) embedded on its website.

For those of you who don’t have the Discovery Channel but are interested in watching the series, now’s your chance.

Doomsday Bunkers season 1 can be found in the “Doomsday/Bunker People” section of DEB’s website here.

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