Last night on Discovery Channel’s GOLD RUSH, Todd Hoffman was told by the claim owner, in no uncertain terms, to pack up his gear, his team, and his paltry diamond haul and get the heck out of Guyana—at least get off of the property owner’s claim.
Todd Hoffman always seems to have a “Plan B” up his sleeve, so it is too early to conclude that, in fact, the Hoffmans’ operation in Guyana ended with that conversation. And, of course, when a tease seems to leave no doubt about the outcome, well, further review reveals not only doubt, but a completely different turn in the situation!
But, what if, in fact, the Hoffmans’ season really did end with that conversation? Could it be that the Hoffmans’ dreams of becoming real gold miners is over?
Well, first, one has to assume that they really wanted to be gold miners to begin with—something a lot of viewers probably have doubts about, anyway. After all, it has become pretty clear to most fans over the seasons that, in fact, the Hoffmans’ “gold rush” is the show itself. If they had to make a living on the takes they have made over the last few seasons, well, they probably would have been out of gold mining long ago!
But, assuming that they really do want to be gold miners, could this season be the one that puts an end to that dream?
Just looking at the surface, it could be. As Todd said himself, they were 100+ days into the season, and their total haul was a few diamond chips. No way that could support an actual operation, no way.
But, this is television. Which raises another question: Would GOLD RUSH go on without the Hoffmans?
When GOLD RUSH began, the Hoffmans were fan favorites, out there pursuing the American Dream. As the seasons went forward, Fred Hurt became the claim-jumping bad guy, raising the cheers for Team Hoffman even higher. But, at this point, Todd Hoffman has become the guy that many viewers love to hate—he’s definitely lost the “American Dream hero” shine. Many comments about the show on Twitter, Facebook, etc. involve getting rid of the Hoffmans altogether.
But, do viewers REALLY want that?
If the Hoffmans were truly done with mining, no doubt Discovery would give it a shot without them—GOLD RUSH has been too big a hit for them to just chuck it! But, there is a good chance that fans—and anti-fans—would just lose interest without the Hoffmans there each week, screwing up and ticking them off. It just wouldn’t be GOLD RUSH without Todd’s annoying “frick this” and “frick that,” and with him unreasonably blaming Christo Doyle for his looking bad on camera. No, as much as I hate to say it, GOLD RUSH really does need the Hoffmans.
And, the likelihood that their gold mining “dream” is really over seems microscopic, anyway—after all, Todd always has a Plan B.
Hey, since ol’ Todd is all into diamonds, now, maybe he and his crew will head on over to The Weather Channel and horn in on PROSPECTORS—gems, not gold, and a really cool show, by the way, if you haven’t had a chance to check it out.
Probably not Todd’s speed, tho’—too much work involving, well, work.
Couldn’t help myself.
GOLD RUSH airs on Discovery Channel on Friday nights at 9/8c, although fans should remember: Part Two of last night’s Part One is airing on Discovery Channel on Monday, January 20, at 8/7c!