This post by Thomas Marcum, Thomas is the founder/leader of the cryptozoology and paranormal research organization known as The Crypto Crew. Over 20 years experience with research and investigation of unexplained activity, working with video and websites. A trained wild land firefighter and a published photographer, and poet.
Well, tonight was the second episode of Spike TV's Bigfoot Bounty, so once again I thought I'd offer up my opinion about this episode. Again, this is not meant to put down anyone on the show, many of these folks are acquaintances of mine.
So tonight the remaining 8 teams continued the search for bigfoot. The pace of tonight's show was much less chaotic than the first episode but still kept it's competitiveness.
One thing I think is being over emphasized is the masking of a person scent when bigfooting, we seen everything from rubbing poop on your body to eating it, and it continues a little in this episode.
Now on to some of the high and low points of this episode.
Dax and Rictor have a few interesting moments, one is when they find what could be a very large X structure. This of course is not explored on the show as the judges have no idea of what could be bigfoot evidence, they are just looking for DNA and a photo. Any true bigfoot researcher has somewhat of an understanding that bigfoot do indeed make various stick formations.
A potentially dangerous event happens when Rictor takes a pretty nasty fall into a creek. There where some very large rocks and luckily he didn't hit his head.
Tonight's first challenge was to take a clear picture of any kind of animal in the massive forest. It is at this point some game cams are deployed by the teams. Ro and Justin manage to chase down a squirrel and take a picture of it. It was somewhat comical to watch them run this squirrel.
One part I found frustrating was when the judges review some of the photos captured by the game cams. Dr. Disotell makes some references to needing something for scale on deer photos? I think we all pretty much understand the size of deer but I understand needing something for scale.
The second challenge was to collect some bigfoot DNA samples. Most of the teams turned in various samples of scat and some possible hair samples. Here's where the show is really lacking, they seem to think you can't just walk out in the forest and find bigfoot DNA samples. Sorry it's just not that easy.
Some of the teams were fighting amongst themselves in tonight's show. The all girl team of Kirsten and Shaney were at each other pretty good for most of the show. It makes one wonder... If 2 girls are arguing in the forest and no one cares, does bigfoot still hear them? In the end they work things out.
The show took more of a turn towards "Survivor" tonight as several teams attempt to make alliances. Now I don't know how this might work out as most seem to say they don't trust each other.
The Host and the two judges rip into the contestants for being "unprofessional" but it's just not feasible to ask the contestants to go into an area they know very little about and bring back Bigfoot DNA samples. Proving real proof of bigfoot is something that will take lots of evidence, not just a DNA sample. If by chance a contestant brought back a real Bigfoot DNA sample how would you know it was Bigfoot DNA? Do we have it in the data banks? Do we even know we can differentiate between human and Bigfoot DNA? I guess the people in the white coats know, I sure don't.
I can say that I did enjoy the slower pace of tonight's show but it appears from the previews of next weeks show that the fighting between teams heats up. In the end there just seems to be a lack of knowledge and experience about bigfoot research from the judges and some of the teams.
Also I must mention Mike Merchant, He becomes an ant eater tonight and has a little fun out of his teammate. There is just something about a big pile of poop that he loves.
I guess I could go on but will wrap it up for now. I didn't think I'd be watching Bigfoot Bounty but have found it fairly entertaining and enjoy writing the reviews. I hope you enjoy reading them.
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