Monday, May 26, 2008


I spent several hours today watching a MonsterQuest Marathon on the History Channel. The description at the site for the show reads, "From Bigfoot to Swamp Beast, Monsterquest reveals the truth of legendary monster sightings around the world. Deploying the latest in hi-tech equipment, each episode scientifically examines the best evidence available, from pictures and video, to hair and bones, as well as the eyewitness accounts themselves. From pilots to policemen to ship captains, a number of seemingly credible people have seen things they can't explain. One part history, one part science and one part monsters, MonsterQuest discovers the truth behind these legendary monsters."

Despite my enjoyment of this series, I question how much of this series is history. There is a lot of oral folklore and reference to historical events but this show seems a lot like all those unhistoric UFO shows which seem to dominate the History Channel on some days. I really am OK with this for the most part. The History Channel needs to make revenue from ad sales for popular shows and much of the rest of the network's programming makes up for this. Plus, the UFO and monster shows are entertaining.

Some of the MonsterQuest episodes deal with real life "monsters." These include animals such as the giant squid and killer giant catfish. Some deal with the unlikely but still possible such as Bigfoot and unknown big cats in North America. Other episodes go off the deep end with monsters such as extra-dimensional atmospheric creatures and Thunderbirds.

Of course, this series may well prove to be historic. If Bigfoot or other another featured creature in the cryptozoology episodes proves to real, this show will be remembered fondly (or not so fondly) by historians and biologists. For example, if Bigfoot is proven it will have a huge impact on the trust of the public on scientists. It may be the equivalent as if science was proven wrong on global warming. If Bigfoot is out there, how did science miss it and why were the scientists so dismissive of the evidence that existed prior to the discovery? It would be a huge blow to public confidence in the scientific community.

MonsterQuest appears to be a hit on the History Channel. The second season premiers tomorrow with an episode on giant hogs in North America. It looks fun. I will keep watching.


Jennie W said...

Gotta admit I feel the same way...some of those shows just go too far off into la-la land. I was looking through the History channel the other day and they do a lot of "non-history" shows anymore! Like Ax-Men. Very depressing to me.

M-Dawg said...

The History Channel, also sometimes known as the WW II channel (it always seemed like they were showing everything about WW II), isn't always that accurate when it comes to History.

Sometimes, it's all about the entertainment factor. I guess they have to compete with all the reality shows on the other channels. Sad, isn't it????

MQLover said...

I have to say I am somewhat of a MonsterQuest enthusiast. I have enjoyed many shows and actually salute the history channel for delving into the world of cryptozology. However I have begun to notice alot of episodes about the samething....Large Ape like creatures! Mostly in America? I found a spoof of the show, type in Monstergrooves on youtube to find it. It is spot on satire and hopefully the makers of the show will watch untill the end of part 2 and heade the message!......It is very funny.

MQLover said...

I must be honest I am somewhat of a MQ enthusiast. However I have noticed a number of episodes where the team seem to such for Ape like creatures a great number of times? I am startled that they continue to do shows around the same type of mythic creature.... I thought I'd let all the MonsterQuest fans out there know about a MonsterQuest spoof on Youtube I found. To find it search Monstergrooves. It's about the british bigfoot. Surprisingly it's really funny! They've stayed pretty true to the MQ formula. I private msgd the makers and apparently they've actually sent it to the MQ team!. Anyway lets talk about it MQ fans.....