Monday, March 14, 2011

BEAST HUNTER: Swamp Monster of the Congo

National Geographic Channel - Original Air Date: 3/11/11

Pat Spain, a great-nephew of Charles Fort, goes to the Congo to look for the legendary, dinosaur-like mokele mbembe.  He talks to witnesses, one of whom claims to have seen the monster a mere 3 months ago.  (The witness dismisses Pat's natural animal explanations.)  Trudging into the jungle, Pat sets numerous camera and video traps.  As in the Amazon, Pat spends much time gaining the trust of the locals to aid in his search.  But he doesn't find a dinosaur, he does, however, see elephants -- and even gets one on his camera traps.  He speculates that elephants in the river may have helped give rise to the mokele mbembe legend.  Of course, in the end, he doesn't rule out the beast's existence.

After 3 shows, I do appreciate this program's low-key approach to investigation.  It's usually very sober, and seldom has those annoying "cliffhanger" commercial breaks.  Because of this, however, it is a bit of a snooze.  Certainly, actually finding a beast would make it much more exciting.


Autumnforest said...

I was so excited someone came up with this idea for a show that I nearly got digital cable just to get the channel. Then, I took a deep breath. It looked a bit like those boring shows of one man going and hunting ancient cultures and such. My premise would have been to take a team of Bigfoot hunters and watch them go on treks and campout because, like ghost hunting shows took regular folks into haunted locales in the dark, it would be creepy to have them sitting there in the dark listening, waiting, trying to sleep with sounds around them. People are scared of the woods but looking for BF in the woods--really scary. I appreciate your honest review.

Autumnforest said...

BTW; If you don't mind, I'm going to feature you tomorrow as the blog to check out and I have you on my blog list of blogs I read daily so people will know what I'm into. I admit to being behind on reading my dashboard, but I had a few blogs that put out 20 posts a day that buried all the good stuff. Glad I refound you!

Stephen D. Sullivan said...

Glad you re-found me, too. I try to be straightforward in my reviews of these shows. I enjoy the supernatural, but I'm very science-centric.

Still waiting for the perfect monster hunter show. (I guess they'd have to actually catch a monster.)