Destination America Channel's Alaska Monsters: An Honest Review
What is Alaska Monsters all about?
Destination America's hit show Alaska Monsters follows the Alaska Midnight Sons (AMS), into the Alaskan bush inside the state where most people want to disappear from modern conveniences, there is also a number of people who go missing in this unforgiving wilderness.
Many native Alaskans automatically blame bears, wolves, or the weather, but others think that mysterious creatures, such as Bigfoot, are linked to these unexplained disappearances. Enter the AMS team. This team of six experienced frontiersmen are on a mission to prove that these creatures exist by building elaborate traps and exploring the Alaska Triangle, zone by zone.
It should. Continue reading.
Who are the AMS team members?
(See video on this hub). Roy "Lil Bear" Kinney; Levi Nilsson; Phillip "Face" Walls; Thomas "Crusty" Cruickshank; Todd Boren and Dudley Eudy. Most of these guys are still on Destination America Channel show that is so similar to Mountain Monsters, it is scary. I swear. You could swap cast members from each show and hardly no one would notice. I am not being harsh, but the producers of Alaska Monsters should have put forth more thought, or even "some" thought before launching "this" monster search adventure show.
Notice the similarities
The Mountain Monsters, America Destination Channel's landmark monster chasing show, has their cast meet in a different place each week to plan that week's "hunt" for some creature, Bigfoot and his brothers or creatures in the Appalachian Mountains known by names as: "Dragon Cat," and "The Ohio Grass Man," who some local citizen has spotted while stalking deer and although the citizen doing the reporting to "Trapper," the Mountain Monsters team leader, has a high-powered rifle in hand, does not lift it to take one shot at this creature standing well within his rifle's range of fire.
This to me is not a segment of the mystery, but down right funny. Why? In my region of northwest Alabama, we have a group of guys who love to hunt deer, squirrel, and rabbit. They see hunting as a religion when college football is not on television. I can tell you right now. These guys would give a week's wages to have just one chance to shoot just one Bigfoot with a tranquilizer dart and sell tickets to people to see this mythical monster or just shoot it for the empty prestige.
On Alaska Monsters, same deal with the AMS Team meeting in their clubhouse that is well-equipped with guns, photos and other monster chasing materials. The only thing missing is a "No Girls Allowed" sign hanging on their front door. I like their lay-out to this cozy AMS headquarters.
With plans made, the AMS Team hit the Alaskan wilderness to find the creature of choice. Same with Mountain Monsters. Except with Mountain Monsters, they have a "night time investigation" with team members wearing battery-powered lights on their hats. These lights added to the lights from the cameras and it is no wonder that we never see a Bigfoot captured. Same with the AMS Team. They search frantically and talk back and forth via walkie talkies and with a few yells and scared looks, one or two of the AMS Team "suddenly" finds evidence that a Bigfoot or "Alaskan Yeti" has made himself at home right under the AMS Team's nose.
Producers see needed changes
Since my last (and only) viewing of Mountain Monsters, the producers and writers have added a refreshing dimension to this show: Real drama. True. Real drama in the form of "Trapper," being absent from the team as he had to have surgery for blood clots in his right leg leaving "Buck," once a "rookie," but now promoted to "expert caller," leading the crusty vets: "Huckleberry," "Jeff," "Willie," and my favorite, "Wild Bill," to find or come near to finding their creature who is reeking chaos on some innocent mountain family.
The last I viewed Alaska Monsters, I noticed that Roy "Lil Bear" Kinney, their point man, was also absent. But even with this mysterious part of the plot, the show's formula did not change. The remaining team members ran amuck in some thick wooded area where two guys who were out riding snowmobiles spotted this "extra tall" Bigfoot standing in the road in front of them.
So here comes the AMS Team minus "Lil Bear," to do whatever they do by way of capturing "this" creature either on film or by gunshot. Of course, the AMS tech expert, Levi Nilsson, is "Willie's" counterpart on Mountain Monsters as he knows how to use Einstein's Theory of Relativity fused with a few wire coat hangers, a hand-held camera and look out, "Mr. Bigfoot!" Another technical masterpiece has been cleverly-designed by Levi who reminds a lot of someone I met one time who hailed from Ohio. I forget the name, but that voice seems mighty familiar.
I am not about "raining on the AMS Parade of fans," for I am all about success going hand-in-hand with telling the truth about anything including Alaska Monsters. By all means, watch the show. Enjoy the show and tell me if you can find a feasible story line that in the end makes "some" resemblance of sense.
But this is aimed at the directors, writers, and producers of Alaska Monsters: Please, the next monster-chase show you suddenly throw together with Mountain Monsters, (your "real" hit now with the latter changes), as your blueprint, stop. Make it as original as possible.
If you would like one suggestion from myself, I suggest that you add one, maybe two experienced female monster hunters to Alaska Monsters and if the ratings start falling on Mountain Monsters, add two girls to this team. Funny. Girls always seem to help in any situation.
They did on another American Destination Channel's "hit," Ghost Asylum, but that is for another review.
I was very disappointed
in doing the research for Destination America Channel's Mountain Monsters. Disappointed in that I hit, clicked, and jumped on every remote website, bogus or real, that would tell me the answer to one burning question:
"Do the members of Mountain Monsters," "Alaska Monsters," and "Ghost Asylum," television shows get paid?"
I did not find any answers. But I am not giving up.
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