Some thoughts from this episode:
I’ve been watching this show for a long time now (and just now catching up on episodes I missed) and, every time they do an investigation involving a sea monster or other creature that lives in the water, I end up wondering why. Every time they search, they have the same limitations. It’s always too dark out (they always investigate at night) and the water is always too murky to see anything if they put a camera in it or go scuba diving.
In this particular case, I don’t think it helped that they visited a specialist when they got to Vietnam and were told whales will sometimes make their way into the bay where the monster was seen. So, naturally, when they did get a big hit on their fish radar, the first thought I had was they saw some sort of whale.
The thing that really got me was the fact they had something take their bait but missed it because the cameras ran out of film first. I understand everyone is tired. But, why wouldn’t you sleep in shifts; especially since you know the cameras will likely need to be reloaded before dawn and, more important, you are leaving a lot of expensive equipment out in the open on a well-traveled water way? Missing potential evidence like that just seems irresponsible.
The second investigation, which was for a bat demon in Zanzibar actually ended up being more of a disappointment for me. Josh Gates and his crew usually are very organized when it comes to investigations but were the exact opposite in this one. How else would you explain Josh being in a part of town where he can’t see the sky when they are searching for a flying creature?
I did, however, like the fact they looked at their lack of evidence, realized something was fishy and went out of their way to disprove the myth. That part about how the bat demon is used as part of a political campaign was actually really interesting and made me very glad I live in the United States.