With the brutal Alaskan winter threatening, they battle floods, cave-ins and equipment breakdowns. Dakota Fred's glory hole is thought to contain millions in gold, but 4ft of snow is in the way. Not much new in the 5th season, but still like the elements of people struggling, being assholes, taking senseless stupid chances and so on. The miners start to rebuild the mining ghost town but the bears aren't so keen on their new neighbors — and they let them know it. A bad fall puts Fred out the game, leaving Dustin to dig the glory hole. Parker races to get his second wash plant running, but struggles.
Parker is on the warpath when a new crew member throws out his gold. This show, had it been base on any sort of earthly reality, would have attracted people that had been bitten by the gold bug. Parker is struggling with mechanical breakdowns and one of his crew suffers a terrible injury. Parker's need for speed destroys his wash plant. But hard work late into the night finally hits a pay streak. Rain and thawing snow flood the mine and Jack puts his life on the line as the glory hole caves in around the massive 100,000-pound excavator. In his quest for virgin ground at Smith Creek, Parker turns into a lumberjack to get back on the gold.
You simply fail to recover it. Veteran miner Dakota Fred thinks he can turn things around and he cranks up production faster than ever before. The power on Tony's 75-year-old dredge is upped to speed up production. Jason is furious and threatens to pull the plug on their season. Frozen pay disrupts Parker's operation and threatens to end his season early. Parker's crew goes into meltdown when he forces them to replace a bridge, while Fred attempts to make a precision part for the 270's track out of scrap metal.
Parker spends a quarter of a million dollars on new equipment. Feeling slightly stupid to be a sucker for this show. The camera crew had done a really great job. Maybe I'm just biased because I've been prospecting and mining gold in the Mojave Desert since the 1970's. When are the Producers of shows like these willing to admit how much damage they are doing by contributing to it. Dustin fights to reach his first mountain gold.
At Big Nugget Mine, Parker continues to hit pay dirt. Tony begins rebuilding his 75-year old dredge. Fred and Dustin battle to save a broken down excavator as water floods the glory hole and Parker faces his worst nightmare as the dangerous mine road claims its first victim. To me it looks like he has been eating way to much on dads money. Tony mounts a massive operation to replace a 24-ton bucket line and Parker's parents arrive for his birthday bearing extraordinary gifts. Tony orders son Kevin to train up a new dredgemaster, but a vital piece gets damaged and brings them to a halt.
By the end of season seven however, each season featured a little more than 20 episodes per year, maxing out with 24 episodes in season five. And, there's a look back at the biggest payouts of gold, crab cash, and treasure. Meanwhile, massive rocks break Dakota Fred's de-rocker and Parker reconsiders his future after smelting his 35 oz season haul into a solid gold bar. Parker faces a crew rebellion and Dakota Fred attacks the Glory Hole with his secret weapon — the bedrock shark. The Dakota boys may be forced to abandon their hole. The Dakota Boys find their first bedrock gold in the glory hole.
Later, Parker's furious after several human errors cost him thousands of dollars. Todd desperately tries to stop his crew from falling apart. Parker attempts a treacherous river crossing and Tony Beets hits a snag removing a massive piece of his million-dollar dredge. Dustin participates in a dangerous operation. The stupid ones end up blowing them selves up or falling down a mine shaft. Parker piles on the pressure and it proves to be too much for one of his young crew members. And their leader, oh my god their leader.
He commands absolutely no sense of leadership or authority. Instead we have yet another badly written, poorly acted, soap opera. Parker Schnabel risks damaging his washplant as he races to finish his last cut at Scribner Creek. He appears to have very little to no backbone. He reminds me a lot of myself because I am pretty much in the same exact boat as him interchange gold mining with construction.