The lives of people living in Alaska with the railroad as a backdrop.

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The lives of people living in Alaska with the railroad as a backdrop.

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Many of the "calamities" appeared staged. They couldn't just have enough cameras at the exact points when half the failures happen. It does seem like many of the issues are made to look more urgent or are actually emergency drills rather than real issues. See more »

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I have a love-hate relationship with this show
18 November 2015 | by See all my reviews

On the one hand I would just as soon remove it from my record list, on the other hand the subject matter, scenery and characters keep dragging me back season after season.

I might be a faithful watcher, but I'm getting really tired of being subjected to editing that is sloppy and obviously forced in an attempt to create drama where none exists, nor is needed.

To be fair this is a trait shared among most 'reality' shows, but come on! Just how many times do we have to sit through a train 'bearing down' on a repair crew or broken-down piece of equipment only to find the blockage is cleared in the nick of time!

And on the sloppy side of editing, we loyal viewers are repeatedly subjected to panoramic shots of trains that are clearly not part of the current narrative. A fact glaringly obvious when the number of engines on the trains don't match and/or the load is different.

All of this would be much easier to swallow if I didn't have to listen to the far from dulcet tones of narrator Demetri Goritsas. I'm not sure who thought this stage actor would make a good television narrator but they didn't consult with me first!!

His near-shouting style of speech and uncomfortably close to fingernails on a chalkboard voice might work when trying to project from the stage all the way to the rear row of a 1000 seat theater, but on the small screen it's just annoying!

Yet here I am, faithfully subjecting myself to the first episode of the third season anyway. . .

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