Edge Of Alaska Shows A Whole New Side Of Last Frontier

Photo by Discovery Channel

It’s a busy time for our friends at the Discovery Channel, which is beginning new seasons of several of its popular Alaska-based series (look for a couple stories in our November issue).

I had a chance to get a sneak preview of Edge of Alaskawhich had irked some residents of rugged frontier town of McCarthy when it was first announced but has enjoyed a nice run on Discovery. This marks is the final of four Edge of Alaska seasons, and the show premiered last week and continues with another episode on Sunday night (check your local listings).

Neil Darish photo courtesy of the Discovery Channel

Here’s Discovery’s release:

In 1999, Jeremy Keller ventured to McCarthy to escape present society in exchange for beautiful, remote scenery and isolation. Years later, Jeremy is embarking on his most ambitious project yet – establishing a completely self-sufficient homestead to sustain his family legacy for generations. But to achieve his dreams of a fully-functional homestead, he will have to barter hard work and fair exchange with other locals, including longtime rival Neil Darish.

After years of working to transform McCarthy into a tourist attraction, Neil Darish is looking to sell his many McCarthy properties in the hopes of a big payday. The preparation requires months of repair and upgrade, requiring him to barter with farmsteaders like Jeremy Keller. As Neil prepares for a major sale and Jeremy works tirelessly to complete his homestead, tensions rise as the two adversaries travel down an explosive collision course towards the finish line.

The final season of EDGE OF ALASKA experiences journeys more dangerous than ever. The residents of McCarthy must traverse treacherous terrain and rely on instinctive Alaskan bush ingenuity to preserve their life in the frontier town.  But as devoted residents prepare for enormous change, their dream of isolation nearly costs them everything – including their lives.