Prepper television shows are becoming increasingly popular on cable television. Two new preparedness shows are currently in the works. The Inquisitr recently sat down with award-winning producer Rob Underhill and Doomsday Preppers star and author William Simpson (Captain Bill) to discuss their new projects. Underhill and Simpson are currently collaborating on two projects, The Bunker Diaries, a prepper fiction series, and Missionary Wars, a docudrama TV series.
IQ: You two connected not long after you were both interviewed by The Inquisitr about you individual preparedness, writing, or producing endeavors. How did the relationship between you develop and lead to the creation of a new television series?
Bill: I had been interested in the 1859 Carrington solar event since college, when I read about it in a physics book. So when I saw your articles about Rob Underhill and his movie The Carrington Event, it caught my attention. I reached out to Rob via email and we started a back-and-forth dialog about projects and interests, and it wasn't long until we felt there was a great fit between our talents, and we decided to team-up on Missionary Wars and Bunker Diaries. For me, it was exciting to be working with someone who could take my ideas and words and transform them into compelling visuals, creating dramatic adventure edutainment in the case of Missionary Wars, and in the case of Bunker Diaries, an edge-of-your-seat dramatic doomsday thriller.
Rob: To be honest, I'm approached by a lot of folks with a 'good idea.' It's daily. But I tend to err towards giving folks a chance. Captain William Simpson is making quite a name for himself in the prepper and literary community, so of course I did pay closer attention to what he had to offer, but one quick review and I was hooked: Missionary Wars with the fantastical landscape right out of your best lucid dream in the morning, while at the same time being a place of real-life nightmares. I saw the connection, something we can showcase in order to do something about it, while celebrating and sharing the indigenous culture with the world through a TV series. Soon after Bill brought up Bunker Diaries, I was again hooked—just like our future viewers of the series will be—at the outset. Episode 1 you get a final view of the world as we know it through the eyes of a modern family before the family descends into a bunker to try to weather a world that is rapidly descending into chaos. Thrilling stuff. Something one can spin around a campfire and enthrall all ages for a whole night of storytelling.
IQ: What will make Missionary Wars stand out from the host of other reality shows which now flood the television screen?
Bill: Even though Missionary Wars can be considered reality TV, it will not be staged; in many senses, the cameras will be like the fly on the wall. In fact, Rob and I have discussed the extensive use Go-Pro cameras on the project to augment HD video camera footage. The cameras will allow audiences to join the missionaries as they face their daily challenges and struggles, as well as experiencing their interactions with these wonderful people, and observing the people as they live in their daily lives. If we go back far enough into our own timelines [1,000 years?] we might find many similarities with how these people are living and surviving today; in a way, it's like looking back into the past.
Rob: I love the prospect of witnessing and sharing the individual stories of the islanders and their rich history and cultural practices. Few places in the world you can observe a people with entirely unique ways of experiencing loss and joy. Just imagine meeting an islander with a skull tucked under their arm, and soon after learning who this member of their family is.