DVD review: MonsterQuest, the Complete Season One
From Friday’s The Oklahoman:
Rather than run from things that go bump in the night, the filmmakers behind “MonsterQuest” do their best to find and reveal monsters. The History Channel series attempts to track down mythical or seldom-seen creatures including Bigfoot, the Kraken, and “Champ,” America’s answer to the Loch Ness Monster.
The investigators, which are selected for each episode, use high-tech equipment, video cameras and DNA testing to try to nail down the truth about these monsters. Some episodes raise questions; others don’t find much compelling evidence. Some evidence found in the “Sasquatch” episode seems as if it should have made for bigger news. In any case, it’s compelling television.
Each of the 13 episodes on this disc features actual scientists searching for evidence that might support the existence of unusual creatures. Even when the episode isn’t a complete success, there’s food for thought. There’s an Oklahoma connection of sorts in the episode about man-eating fish, as the filmmakers talk to the fish noodlers of Oklahoma about the behavior of catfish, including some rather large ones that have been caught by hand in this unusual recreational activity.
Overall, “MonsterQuest” may appeal more to those who want to believe, but it’s an interesting science-based look at mysteries that have been around for decades, or in some cases, centuries.
— Matthew Price
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