>> Storage Wars: Volume 3 (2012)

Show: Storage Wars

Season/Volume: 3

Genre: Reality

Starring: Barry Weiss, Darrell Sheets, Brandon Sheets, Brandi Passante, Dave Hester

Studio: A&E Home Video

Runtime: 352 minutes

Release Date: July 17, 2012

Format: DVD

Discs: 2

Rating: 1.80 (out of 4.00)

Grade: C-

When you haven’t paid your bill for the storage unit that’s jammed full of all the stuff you want to keep then you better get ready to lose it. Bidding on these units are regulars like Barry Weiss, Dave Hester, Darrell Sheets and his son Brandon these guys will go all out to get the storage unit that they want at the cheapest price possible. Anything is possible when it comes to bidding on these units, nerves are set on end, tension enough to start fights, and all done while trying to figure out what might be in the unit by just taking a glance inside. It’s all done because anything could be in these units from the priceless to the worthless junk of old furniture, or even some hidden treasure that ends up bringing in more money than it took to buy the unit. This thrill of the buy, the adrenaline rush of winning the bid, and the excitement of finding that lost treasure hidden in some storage unit is what drives these people to be the best storage scavengers around.


Storage Wars, what a simple concept for a television show, get a group of people that go to storage unit auctions to bid on what's inside the unit, then hope that they will make some money off of it. How this made it past a few episodes is something I don't get, well I do when it comes to taking a guess that the show is dirt cheap to make while bringing in more money then what was spent on it. Does that change the fact that the show is boring? Are the episodes different from each other? Is there some sort of plot that made me want to keep watching?
That's a no to all those questions. Storage Wars is boring because the answer to all three of those questions is no. I found it boring because every episode is the same, the group of bidders show up, they look inside the unit, they squabble with each other before/while/after bidding, they look at what they bought, then they go try to sell those items for a profit. It’s always the same format, same bidders, same squabbles, with one exception of there being different items in the storage units. At times I did find some of the items that were found in the units to be interesting but only enough so that it just barely caught my attention. Though I suppose it's not really the items that's supposed to be the interesting aspect of the show, it seems to be what the bidders pay for the unit while what they get once they have it.

This is where the editing comes into play for this show, which is done in the typical reality show format. First give the viewer a tease at the start of what's to come, then with each segment build up the tension and excitement right before cutting it off for a commercial, and start the next segment by repeating what was just shown before the commercial before getting to what was said/bought/or is worth. If I were to watch 2 episodes of Storage Wars then I'll have watched them all. There were too few times that the show piqued my interest in what was going on, the bickering done by the cast members seems too forced and at times scripted, and the constant build up in the episode would always lead to nothing that was worth being built up to. At best Storage Wars has enough enjoyable content to make it a show that I would watch for a few minutes as I was waiting for something else to start or if just wanted to kill a few minutes.


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