Mountain Monsters: A Review
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Just when we thought that reality television had reached its pinnacle of entertainment, along comes Ken Charles, Russell Geyser, Royal Malloy, Colt Straub, Duke Straub, who first merged their edgy imaginations, and secondly stood back and basked in the success of their newest reality television offering: Mountain Monsters.
Don't be confused. Mountain Monsters, seen on America's Destination (channel) on DirecTV, is not a children's entertainment show. This show is not a cartoon, but good old down-home, unvarnished rural entertainment whose fame has spread from a handful of viewers to legions of adoring fans.
This show deals centrally about the work of A.I.M.S., an acronym for Appalachian Investigators of Mysterious Sightings, a group of hard-core hunters, who delight in spending days investigating the sightings reported (to them) by people of the Appalachian Mountain area in West Virginia and as far as Kentucky and Ohio. Okay. So far. So good. The show's creator's formula for keeping viewers coming back is working like a charm.
A.I.M.'s founder and team leader, John "Trapper" Tice, and his "band of merry mountain men," chase creatures with names such as: Wolfman, Devil Dog, Grassman, Wampus Beast, Mothman, and Lizard Demon. These creatures, or folklore of these creatures have spawned countless sightings in the over-1500-mile long Appalachian Mountain range. This mountain area serves as the perfect locale for such a show as Mountain Monsters. no hint or track of Big Foot.
This, to me, is very mysterious. If I were the producers, Big Foot would be my lead-off "monster," of tracking because America grew to love Sasquatch, the correct label for Big Foot.
What do you say let's meet the cast of Mountain Monsters, or A.I.M.S. At point you have the team leader and A.I.M.S. founder, John "Trapper" Tice, a fatherly-figure wearing a worn Stetson and a well-worn duster. Tice is the man who decides where A.I.M.S. travels to track and possibly-net the next creature of truth or imagination and how the team will trap that week's creature. Doing valuable research for Tice's team is “Jeff” Headlee, a sincere, investigator, who also uses a thermal imaging camera during each show's hunts.
Then you have “Huckleberry” Lott, a mountain of a man with the kind heart of a child, heading up security for the Mountain Monsters team. Stepping up next is, "Willy" McQuillian, a Veteran and trap builder for the Mountain Monsters who’s drive and master (trap-designing) skills is obvious for "Willy" designs the trap to fit the creature they are seeking. The next A.I.M.S. member has grown to have a personal-following that numbers in the thousands is, “Wild Bill” Neff. Neff aids the A.I.M.S. team as an expert tracker and veteran of the Marine Corps, who thrives on adventure loves tree climbing and assisting wherever
necessary for the courageous Mountain Monsters team. Finally, rounding out the Mountain Monsters team is “Buck” Lowe, the stout, seasoned rookie who is being brought along--honed and shaped into a future A.I.M.S. member. Simply put, "Buck," gets the unwanted jobs passed-up by the veterans of the group.
All of this information is what and whom Mountain Monsters is about.
Here are things that are right about the show, Mountain Monsters.
Accent is definitely a plus in my opinion. There are no hillbillies sitting under trees being lazy while sucking on strands of wheat between their teeth. The members of A.I.M.S. are well-spoken, professional in their presentations and explanations and this says a lot by way of the producers lending respect to these guys who are NOT actors, but real, down-to-earth men.
Spontnaety and surprise, either scripted or non-scripted is fun to watch. Even the look of fear on the team's faces as their prey is heard in the distant stretch of woods.
Surroundings and locale for each week's show are splendid and a chance for those who haven't experienced the beauty and rough beauty of the Applachian Mountain Range to enjoy something peaceful and doesn't insult the viewer's intelligence.
Comradary and bonding, in my opinion, are more than a group of guys looking for a mysterious "Turtle Man," who ravishes a farmer's cornfield, it's the foundation of a show of this nature. You can see right away that these guys are real friends.
The show is not a parody of rural people. Although the name, Applachian is used to describe where the A.I.M.S. team works, there is in no way in any show, a hint of fun-making of the people who still live their own way in this rustic area of the United States. In other words, Hollywood and it's insensitive writers, producers, and heartless stand-up comics have nothing to do with the production of Mountain Monsters and to me, that is the best thing about this show.
Mountain Monsters, without knowing it, has created a new term: Real reality television. Listen for this term to start being used in entertainment circles in the near future.
Now to be fair and totally up-front
Here are the things "I" find wrong with Mountain Monsters.
No women are on the A.I.M.S. team. Call me liberal if you like, but I would love to see a well-educated rural, crafty rural girl who be a part of the team to be fair with the female viewers who need to be represented.
The show, although not scripted, needs to have more structure. Now you have "Trapper" Tice and maybe "Huckleberry" meeting that week's citizen who has seen a creature of long ago and never been caught. Then "Trapper," meets with the A.I.M.S. team and explains the newest creature hunt which is not that different from the last one. So where is the variety? Maybe a humorous creature who doesn't cause trouble could lead the team on a 30-minute thrill-hunt through the woods of the Applachian Mountains.
Conclusion to a hunt would be nice. The A.I.M.S. team does a fine job of showing team work and cooperation. There is seldom a cross word between them. And
the team does what they say they will do to the most-recent person with a sighting. In other words, they follow through. What I would like to see, maybe once and not used as a cliff-hanger, is the A.I.M.S. team to actually CAPTURE ONE creature. Now all we see is a 30-minute show with the team laying and building traps and looking scared while running through the woods because one of the team has heard a twig snap.
Firearms of the A.I.M.S. team is less than perfect. If you have seen the guys in action, they are all using just rag-tag rifles and shotguns. Why not give them high-powered rifles or maybe a few 30-30's to put the monsters in the ground?
What bothers me is "Wild Bill" Neff is he is a six-year vet of the Marine Corps and the Marines are not supposed to fear anyone, man or beast be it true or made-up, but on the shows I have watched, Neff seems to be as scared as "Buck" the rookie monster hunter.
All in all, this is a real reality show. And one of the things that make it that way is that some of the A.I.M.S. team members get real "salty" with their language
as they are talking about past creature hunts or those they are on at present time, so I would exercise parental control if I were you about to watch Mountain Monsters with your children.
Out of five stars, I give this show at least three stars.