Promising even more adventure and intrigue, the eighth season of "The Deadliest Catch" premieres Tuesday, April 10, at 9 p.m. on the Discovery Channel.
"The Deadliest Catch" follows fishermen in the Bering Sea as they search for the highly prized Alaskan king crab. This season, the crews are torn between fishing for the red or blue crab. The red crab is found in safer parts of the ocean, while the blue crab is in more high-risk areas. Though the blue crab brings in more money, the fishing crews have to decide whether it is a gamble they are willing to take.
The season begins by introducing viewers to the crews and the ships. The Wizard, the Seabrook and the Ramblin’ Rose are the ships going after the elusive blue crab. The Kodiak, the Northwestern and the Time Bandit are seeking the red crab.
The crews are plagued with problems before they even hit the sea. Because the Alaskan fishing quota has been slashed in half, the crews are worried about how they will support their families and keep their businesses running. To emphasize this point, the episode shows the crews saying goodbye to their families.
After being educated about the different types of crab, viewers are thrown into the middle of fisherman culture. Men ages 18-27 make the best deck crews. Afterward, the men attempt to be promoted to captains and start their own ships and crews. The men involved in this profession are cowboys of the ocean. They are trying to fish in a wild and harsh environment.
Perhaps the most interesting part of the series is the fisherman traditions. There is footage of the men biting into fresh fish and playing pranks on other crews. Though not understood by most, these are beloved traditions that are followed adamantly by those participants in the fishing world.
The series has its breath-taking moments as well. On one of the ships, a crew member is thrown off of his feet by a powerful wave. It is unclear whether or not he is okay. The tension on some of the boats is evident as viewers watch men getting reprimanded for not assembling a piece of equipment properly. Despite this pressure, there is humor as well. The captain of the Ramblin’ Rose reminds one of his deck hands to “stay sexy on the deck.”
"The Deadliest Catch" is definitely a testosterone-driven show. It shows one of the many different ways a boy can become a man. It is almost like a coming of age story as the viewers watch the new guys on deck learn the ropes of the ocean.
Though the men are rugged and coarse, the series captures an essence of brotherly love that can only be developed by experiencing dangerous situations together. The crew members work hard and well together. It is touching to watch.
Viewers should be advised of language throughout the episodes that is bleeped out.
All in all, "The Deadliest Catch" is a definite rodeo on the ocean. Not only does it provide insight on a way of life that is unfamiliar to most, it is an enlightening series that promises to keep its viewers entertained.
Shelby Scoffield is a graduate of Brigham Young University and a graduate student at California State University, Stanislaus.