Nine reasons why I love Deadliest Catch
Here are nine reasons why I love this show:
1. Mike Rowe. Yes, the Dirty Jobs guy. He's also the voice of Deadliest Catch and there is no one better suited for the job. He may be a goofball on his own show, but he brings out his deep and foreboding voice to follow the fishermen on Catch.
2. Pranks. This week's season opener had a doozy of a prank. Capt. Jonathon Hillstrand (Reason #7) replaced one of Capt. Phil's crab pots WITH A TRUCK. He loaded a rusted, old pick-up truck onto his ship and sought out Phil's crab pots for his elaborate prank. Last season, one of the captains put a bag of flour on a crab pot so when it went through the crank, it exploded and covered the deck and crew in white powder.
3. Profanity. If you didn't pay real close attention to Deadliest Catch, you probably wouldn't notice just how much these guys curse. It happens a lot. But the editors don't 'bleep' it out. There's always so much background noise happening that they just cover up the curse words with natural sounds from the environment. I like that Discovery didn't ask the fishermen to roll back their profanity-- it makes them more real. If I were working that job, I'd be swearing up a storm too.
4. Big waves. There are a lot of reality shows out there about dangerous jobs, including Ax Men and Ice Road Truckers, but none of them even compare to Deadliest Catch. The other jobs are tough, yes, but not nearly as exciting. On Deadliest Catch, there are always waves crashing onto the decks of the ships. Everyone in an orange jump suit is constantly getting thrown around. It's non-stop action, and non-stop awesome video. Even the shots of the seagulls riding along with the boats are amazing.
5. Capt. Sig Hansen. Fishing is in Sig's blood. He and his brother are on their boat, the Northwestern, and they learned to fish for crabs from their father. Sig isn't the prankster that some of the other guys are. He's serious about fishing and he has a respect both for the Bering Sea and for the long history of fishing it.
6. Greenhorns. This is the emotional part of the show. Every season, some fellas come on board thinking they're going to make a ton of cash in just a few months. Not many of them actually do that, though. I always feel so sorry for them because they're usually fumbling around and falling down a lot-- and being tortured by the grizzled old men who have been fishing for crab their whole lives. I root for the ones who make it through the season and I feel sad for the ones who quit.
7. Capt. Jonathon Hillstrand. This guy has long hair and is covered in tattoos. If you bumped into him on the street, you'd probably be a little bit intimidated. But he's a teddy bear at heart and that's why I adore him. Last season, he rescued a greenhorn who fell off another ship while securing crab pots. Jonathan couldn't contain his emotion- he hugged the guy and cried with him. He drives a smaller boat than many of the other guys, but holds his own against them. And he loves to prank the other captains (see #2).
8. The Yellow Pages Crab Count. Each episode ends with the crab tally so far in the season. So you can root for your favorite boat and crew. While I like Capts. Hillstrand and Hansen, I usually root for the Cornelia Marie and Capt. Phil Harris. He's a gruff old fisherman who is a big pushover for his sons (they're part of the deck crew). He's the guy who seems to be in charge of the whole operation.
9. Video podcasts. A lot of shows are finally jumping onto this podcast thing. It's like a DVD extra. This season, Discovery is planning three podcasts about the topics that interest me but don't fit within the realm of the on-air show. For instance, the first podcast is about life in Dutch Harbor. Who are these people who live here year-round? I'm particularly looking forward to the next two podcasts: one is a behind-the-scenes with the producers and cameramen of Deadliest Catch. The other is about the boat captains and what they do during the off season.