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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
Survival And Prosperity (www.survivalandprosperity.com)

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