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 1 Comrade Claus, Thu, 8th Mar '12 10:43:49 PM from Hecatomb Palace
Archangel of Beza-Dan
http://z6mag.com/featured/deep-earth-bunker-owner-scott-bales-in-dallas-preps-doomsday-bunkers-166272.html

new Discovery Channel show.

Basically, Doomsday Bunkers is a show about Paranoid 1%ers preparing themselves against Earthquake/ Tsunami/ Wall Streeter Revolution/ Zombie Apocalypse/ Arab American Spring/ Obama getting reelected/ mayan 2012/ london Lolympics/ illegal immigrants, etc, etc.

Highlights include:

-An $8, 000 "FEMA approved" door getting pierced by a 2 by 4

-One of the customers finding that Epic Fail someone dug up & stole his generator. (99

-plywood in one bunker having to be stripped out n& replaced because it was warped by humidity.

-the ceo taping his son to a beam & shoving a cake in his face for his birthday "thanks dad"

-A 1%er having his wife & kids at a target range shooting "zombie" targets (one of which clearly looked black) Also, the CEO devised a Not-Very-Legal autogun turret to defend a bunker. And using it to shoot his employees with an airsoft.

At the Climax, a "SWAT' team tries it's luck on a bunker door. using among other things AR-15s Epic Fail, handguns & a small explosive charge.

It goes without saying that the external air system, seen on already buried bunkers as a u-bend pipe that's easily targeted. Also, cutting torches & Kill Dozer s can be had by outraged 99%ers desperate for food & water. These bunkers can't really hold off a determined siege.

At several hundred grand to several million, only the upper crust can shelter themselves for The End. & they'll gun the rest of us down like zombie vermin waii

edited 9th Mar '12 12:15:49 AM by ComradeClaus

Slaying all enemies in the Name of the Goddess of the Force!
 2 Tam H 70, Fri, 9th Mar '12 8:16:10 AM from 合計虐殺 Relationship Status: [TOP SECRET]
War ALWAYS changes. Man does not.
There is an actual NATO standard nuclear bunker for sale in Comrie, near Crieff in Perthshire, not far away from where I live in Scotland. If I had the cash, then bet on my purchasing it.
 3 Tyyrlym, Mon, 12th Mar '12 7:57:55 AM from Normandy SR-2
Jerk
Saw this and it was... kind of hilarious. These guys supposedly specialize in building bunkers yet they didn't start off with marine grade plywood for the interior. Guess a lot of their old customers won't survive the apocalypse long with a raging case of black lung.

The point about the door is accurate. A good bunker's primary line of defense is being hidden. All that door is really for is to slow down the attackers long enough for the guy to get to his guns and even then the attackers have little to lose firing into the steel boxes. A couple good smoke grenades and bunker boy has to surrender.
"Tyyr's a necessary evil. " Spirit
 4 Comrade Claus, Wed, 14th Mar '12 8:58:11 PM from Hecatomb Palace
Archangel of Beza-Dan
It gets better.

In episode 2, a bunker gets flooded out through its air vent! why no cover for the vent?

also, a guy has weapon caches outside his house for his family to access. (made of plastic & containing food also. can we say "bear"?)

plus, we now know his operational plans! so a sniper could lay in wait & pick them off as they run outside. Plus the practiced firing out windows!

MOUT (Military Operations in Urban Terrain manual states that one should make concealed loopholes in a building to fire out of. Instead of windows, which should be blocked of & covered with Anti-Grenade mesh)

also, the Granola Girl Tanya, is a wanna be sarah connor.

she started having "premonitions" of disaster after her son was born, she was also quoted as saying in the intro that she was looking forward to Mother Nature taking back the world.

"is the steel stronger than the fiberglass?"

Duh, Tanya! tongue also, this gem:

"They are HARMING their children, by not having a plan like this"

Not everyone has the money to spare for these indulgences, ma'am!

Finally, the above ground "pyramid pod"!

a prolonged fire would suffocate the occupant! & good luck on hjaving an oxygen tank handy!

This show is almost satirical!
Slaying all enemies in the Name of the Goddess of the Force!
 5 Mark Von Lewis, Wed, 14th Mar '12 10:14:26 PM from Somewhere in Time Relationship Status: THIS CONCEPT OF 'WUV' CONFUSES AND INFURIATES US!
KCCO
Checked out an episode, and I gotta say... Honestly I've seen better planing from Dale Gribble.
There is no Zuul, there is only the Bear Jew.
 6 Deboss, Wed, 14th Mar '12 11:46:48 PM from Awesomeville Texas
I see the Awesomeness.
He's selling the chance to see what he does for cash, of course he sucks at his day job.
 7 Tyyrlym, Thu, 15th Mar '12 4:49:58 AM from Normandy SR-2
Jerk
The funny thing is that these "survivalists" are ruining their shot at surviving by going on TV and telling everyone what they do. I guarantee someone in their neighborhood has seen these shows and now has their own survival plan, find these people, kill them, and take their bunker.
"Tyyr's a necessary evil. " Spirit
 8 Joesolo, Thu, 15th Mar '12 7:16:46 AM Relationship Status: watch?v=dQw4w9WgXcQ
Indiana Solo
[up] Judging by how poorly built these bunkers are, thats a horrible plan.

I want to build a bunker, But I wouldn't tell anyone where it was outside of close friends and family
I am going to shove the sunshine so far up where the sun don't shine that you will vomit nothing but warm summer days -Belkar
 9 Tyyrlym, Thu, 15th Mar '12 7:34:16 AM from Normandy SR-2
Jerk
I wouldn't take the bunker, but I'd be happy to help myself to the supplies and weapons.

...and women.

What, don't look at me like that. It's a doomsday scenario. Right after Water, Food, and Weapons comes women in terms of value. Seriously, stop looking at me like that.
"Tyyr's a necessary evil. " Spirit
 10 Deboss, Thu, 15th Mar '12 1:18:37 PM from Awesomeville Texas
I see the Awesomeness.
Like I said, I doubt this guy is the only guy who builds bunkers, and I'm willing to bet money that the guy is either terrible at what he does and has to sell the process to make money, or is good at what he does and has them doing fake bullshit to provide drama for the camera men and is good at his job. Your choice.

Also, I would totally live in a bunker like this as a main house. It's about the same cost and much cheaper to operate out of.
You want to know what the best survival plan for most types of mayhem is? Be a cop. During chaos; Friends with guns, training, and authority. And when order is restored and all the crazy people in the bunkers and woods are flushed out and put up against the wall for crimes commited during the Disturbance you are in the fireing squad instead of in front of it. Next up, being a doctor or emt. Because nobody shoots the medic.
 
 12 Journeyman, Thu, 15th Mar '12 2:23:12 PM from Here and there.
It's the Over Lord!
Except for the doomsday nuts who want the human race to die off entirely. They exist, I am sure. Go far, far to the Left-wing and you start seeing the entire species like Agent Smith from Matrix saw us. A virus to kill off.

Chances are he's good at it and playing up to the cameras while using the money to fund his REAL bunkers. Reality TV always does this. They throw in ringers, or invent problems to be solved because real life is very boring TV. Well, real life with competent people at the helm. A show like that becomes a beginner's manual for people going to school for the job, not entertainment.
When the hammer falls and your world shatters, I'll be there to cut the handle and pick up your pieces.
 13 Deboss, Thu, 15th Mar '12 11:22:22 PM from Awesomeville Texas
I see the Awesomeness.
I would totally watch a Modern Marvels version of this show where they explained how to build stuff.
 14 Journeyman, Fri, 16th Mar '12 7:31:53 AM from Here and there.
It's the Over Lord!
As would I. Not much reality TV is attractive to me. Pawn Stars, sure. Don't watch much else reality TV-wise, and even Pawn Stars doesn't have a fanboy in me.
When the hammer falls and your world shatters, I'll be there to cut the handle and pick up your pieces.
 15 Joesolo, Mon, 19th Mar '12 9:19:39 PM Relationship Status: watch?v=dQw4w9WgXcQ
Indiana Solo
If I did build a bunker, it'd just be part of my house with a thick door, roof and walls.

Basically a super-basement. Who dosn't want one of those? It'd double as the pantry(always have some food) and guest bedrooms. I'd probably stock up a small amount of those army rations that last years too. Eat older ones occasionally and replace them so they don't go to waste. Or give em away, I'm sure someone would eat em.
I am going to shove the sunshine so far up where the sun don't shine that you will vomit nothing but warm summer days -Belkar
Sounds like the guys on this programme need to follow the links from the Crazy Survivalist trope page:

http://www.oftwominds.com/blogjun08/survival6-08.html

If I were one of the folk on the outside, I think it'd be easier to just pour a couple of tonnes of concrete over their front door and forget about them. smile

 17 Tyyrlym, Wed, 21st Mar '12 7:21:55 AM from Normandy SR-2
Jerk
Nah, a bunker like these represents a significant cache of resources. A couple tear gas canisters and some guys with rifles covering the exit door will net you a lot of food and weapons.
"Tyyr's a necessary evil. " Spirit
So would starting a farm, which would be a more useful and sustainable method in the long term. In addition, such extremist individualists probably aren't helpful in re-establishing a cooperative society.

 19 Barkey, Thu, 22nd Mar '12 11:11:56 AM from Bunker 051 Relationship Status: [TOP SECRET]
War Profiteer
You want to know what the best survival plan for most types of mayhem is? Be a cop. During chaos; Friends with guns, training, and authority. And when order is restored and all the crazy people in the bunkers and woods are flushed out and put up against the wall for crimes commited during the Disturbance you are in the fireing squad instead of in front of it. Next up, being a doctor or emt. Because nobody shoots the medic.

That's why I'm rather comfortable about my situation. I'm National Guard. If shit really hits the fan, I'll just join up with some friends at the base and then raid crazies like these for their stuff.
The AR-15 is responsible for 95% of all deaths each year. The rest of the deaths are from obesity and drone strikes.
 20 Tyyrlym, Thu, 22nd Mar '12 1:04:53 PM from Normandy SR-2
Jerk
So would starting a farm, which would be a more useful and sustainable method in the long term. In addition, such extremist individualists probably aren't helpful in re-establishing a cooperative society.
Starting a farm assumes that you have land, seeds, and most of all time. Depending on your doomsday scenario you might have some mechanized equipment, or none at all. Depending on the time of year some crops may be viable and others aren't. Do you have the necessary knowledge to start a sucessful farm? Do you have the supplies to be able to feed yourself while you till and plant and then wait for the crop to come in? The weapons to defend yourself from people less inclined to be "sustainable and useful"? Remember you have nailed your feet to the floor with this farm, you can't easily run and hide.

No, in the early going when a doomsday bunker would be useful you're better off not settling down.
"Tyyr's a necessary evil. " Spirit
 21 Joesolo, Thu, 22nd Mar '12 2:00:34 PM Relationship Status: watch?v=dQw4w9WgXcQ
Indiana Solo
If they'd keep it a secret they'd be fine. Or at least better off.

You should always have some seeds and such so you could plant something eventually. Stocked up food dosn't last forever.
I am going to shove the sunshine so far up where the sun don't shine that you will vomit nothing but warm summer days -Belkar
 22 Deboss, Thu, 22nd Mar '12 9:03:44 PM from Awesomeville Texas
I see the Awesomeness.
You should also have a giant 120 cm doom cannon on top of your bunker. It should also have the words "1200 millimeters of DOOM" on the side of the barrel. It may give away your position, but it's a hell of a deterrent.
 23 johnnyfog, Thu, 22nd Mar '12 9:34:49 PM from NYC Relationship Status: They can't hide forever. We've got satellites.
Not entirely a douche
At this rate, nobody will be left standing except for cockroaches and law firms.
PHD in Thuganomics
 24 Deboss, Thu, 22nd Mar '12 11:02:05 PM from Awesomeville Texas
I see the Awesomeness.
If there is a global war, I think every country should agree to kill all the lawyers first.
@Tyyrlym:

Starting a farm assumes that you have land, seeds, and most of all time. Depending on your doomsday scenario you might have some mechanized equipment, or none at all. Depending on the time of year some crops may be viable and others aren't. Do you have the necessary knowledge to start a sucessful farm? Do you have the supplies to be able to feed yourself while you till and plant and then wait for the crop to come in? The weapons to defend yourself from people less inclined to be "sustainable and useful"? Remember you have nailed your feet to the floor with this farm, you can't easily run and hide.

If you don't have that, you're fucked anyway, regardless of whether you start picking fights with the neighbours. In particular, if you don't have weapons to defend yourself, it seems unlikely that you have the weapons to assault a bunker down the road.

edited 23rd Mar '12 1:44:42 AM by AndrewGPaul

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