Storage Wars – Season 1 DVD Set

| August 25, 2011

“Get a good look from the door. You cannot go inside the unit.”
You’ll hear these words early on in every episode of Storage Wars on A&E. The series follows four guys who’ve made a profession of buying and selling the contents of unpaid storage lockers. These guys bid on the whole unit hoping that they can at least get their investment back and hopefully make thousands. And these units do not include a packing list. The bidders get a peek at the items in the locker before they bid and that’s it; it’s like Christmas morning. What do you think is in that box? A remote control car or a sweater? As the episode progresses, you not only get to see what was in the storage locker, but you find out the cash value of the items and which bidder came on top: all the payoff and none of the risk for the viewer.
If you only watch one episode, it’s mildly amusing. The roller coaster of the locker looking worthless, then selling too high, then ending up with boxes of valuables is pretty entertaining. Some of the items in these lockers are also interesting. Did you know there‚Äôs apparently a market for a skeletal human hand, but not a foot?
But the real treat is watching the series as a whole and getting to know the characters. By episode two, I noted that, “Dave is a dick.” He intentionally bids to drive up the price on other bidders. Though he has his redeeming moments, he generally carries on this way throughout the series and is hated by everyone else. By episode three, I noted that, “Darrell is also a dick.” He drives up the prices in the same way, but generally seems to attack Dave the most. And it’s always fun to see Dave get riled. Jarrod and his wife, Brandi, are relatable from the beginning. They own a small shop and they seem to struggle with bills. The opening credits label Jarrod as “The Young Gun” both because he’s new to the game and he acts like a cowboy most of the time: comes out guns blazing. If all Jarrod gets is the rush of the bid, he’s pretty okay with it…until he has to report to Brandi. Brandi, who began the series like most bland sitcoms, as the wife who growls at her husband for doing something stupid, comes into her own towards the middle of the series and starts doing some bidding and some serious winning.
If you like underdogs, this is your team. But I must say the biggest surprise of this show is Barry. The opening credits declare Barry “The Collector” because he’s more interested in finding one collectible antique than nick-knacks that can be sold in the other bidders’ thrift stores, but I prefer to consider Barry “The Wildcard.” If Jack Nicholson never acted and instead just baked himself in the California sun, he would be Barry Weiss. He has the same raspy coolness, slick gray hair and ever-present glasses. Barry’s the guy who’s checkin’ out chicks and havin’ flashbacks to the Studio 54 days. He shows up to one auction with two ladies on his arms who are actually psychics he hired to help him bid on the right locker. He usually arrives with some such gimmick from lucky socks to night vision goggles. What’s next? A little person on stilts? Oh, he already did that? In EPISODE THREE! He lacks the arrogance the others seem to have in spades – a breath of fresh air.
So bottom line, is it worth the purchase? Eh, unless you’ve been following it on TV and really love it, I say no. It’s certainly a fun watch, but nothing groundbreaking or riveting. If you’re ever complaining that there’s nothing on TV, flip to A&E and see if Storage Wars is on. Like the contents of the storage lockers themselves, you may find something you really like.

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