The cryptozoology world is alight with the latest round of reality show hitting the air, Killing Bigfoot. Yet another reality show to add to the roster of cryptid programs. Should we kill Bigfoot to prove to science it exists? Or should we take a kinder, gentler approach? CryptoVille enters the fray.
Have you heard the controversy swirling around a new show brought to us by Destination America called Killing Bigfoot? (Photo above right courtesy of Destination America.)
You can imagine how it goes. No don’t kill Bigfoot, they’re human beings, or may be! Versus we have a right to protect our homes/family/property from these marauders! Then there are the saner voices saying the scientific community isn’t going to believe these creatures exist until they see dramatic, measurable, quantifiable evidence that they do exist. (Artwork left by unknown artist.)
Given the reluctance of the scientific community to acknowledge even the possibility of these creatures’ existence, it may require a body. I’m so frustrated with scientists for not taking the search seriously, that we may have to dump a body in their lap, so to speak.
But is it likely to happen? Do I think they’re going to bag a Bigfoot? Let’s be serious.
Killing Bigfoot is produced by Gryphon Productions. They research, write and film entertaining shows about a variety of topics, most to do with the natural world – people, places, and animals. They have produced quite a few shows for the Discovery family of channels, not the least of which is Killing Bigfoot. (Logo right courtesy of Gryphon Productions.)
The important thing to note here is that they are in the business of entertainment.
The show is hosted by members of the Gulf Coast Bigfoot Research Organization (GCBRO), led by Jim Lansdale and Bobby Hamilton. They’re based in Texas but do travel to neighboring states to explore reports of Bigfoot encounters.
We only see their first names, and they are Roger (Bird), Bob (Grumpy), Barry (Bear), Brandi, Michael (Timber), Jake, Don Don, and Ken. (Picture left courtesy of Destination America.)
My first impression of the crew is that they all do seem to be avid hunters and know what they’re doing in the woods, swamps, and bayous where they roam. Jim tells us that he’s been hunting Bigfoot for 25 years.
Are you thinking the same thing as I am? If he’s been hunting Bigfoot for 25 years and hasn’t caught one, how is it going to be any different now?! Moving on …
There is also a recurring antagonist in the mix, a neuro-psychologist who, from the first episode annoys the heck out of me with his scratchy, full throated wailing, “they’re human beings” referring to the Bigfoots. Every story needs an antagonist, right? Killing Bigfoot has Dr. Webb Sentell.
Spoiler Alert: Don’t read on if you want to be surprised. (Photo right by unknown.)
If they shot and killed a Bigfoot, it would be front page news across the country already. There is always a significant delay between when they film these shows and when they’re actually aired.
Do you remember when Tony Lara, the commercial fishing-ship captain on the show Deadliest Catch, died unexpectedly? It was all over the news long before the episode actually aired that discussed the shocking turn of events.
Also, consider this. If they do find and kill a Bigfoot, the show’s over. That goes directly against the grain of the entertainment business.
So I am highly skeptical that they’re going to find anything significant, as per usual with these Bigfoot/Alien/Cryptid shows.
But you know what? I still watch them. Why?
The Interesting Part
I looked at the outline of this series of shows, six episodes in all. They seem interesting solely because of the reports they’re getting from real-life everyday people. Per the first show, I thought their witnesses had some very disturbing encounters with Bigfoots that were very interesting. I also enjoyed seeing the areas where these encounters took place. (Fishing photo above left by unknown.)
The upcoming five episodes also feature some interesting scenarios that people living in remote areas are facing at the hands of these Bigfoots. I want to hear their stories and see where these incidents are allegedly happening.
If you’re new to CryptoVille then let me say I believe in the existence of these creatures wholeheartedly. But it’s not because people have been able to collect enough definitive evidence that will prove to the scientific community once and for all that these creatures are lurking in the woods in many areas around our country. (Photo right by unknown.)
It’s the accounts from people going about their own lives without a production team trailing them, without cameras recording their every move, yet who have had the most dramatic and frightening encounters with these beasts. They can’t all be wrong. In many cases their body language is compelling enough for me to give them the benefit of the doubt. (Photo left of Texas swamp by unknown.)
So I’ll continue watching to see and hear what the people have to say, and what their encounters have been like. But if they do bag a Bigfoot, no one is going to be more surprised than me!
So what do you think about all this?
(Artwork above center by unknown.)