DATELINE: Deep Sea Denizen
How can anyone ever forget the great Lord Laurence Olivier playing Zeus in Clash of the Titans? In one hilarious moment, he yelled out, as only he could, “Release the kraken!”
Good heavens, now decades later, Monsterquest has indeed released the Kraken, a legendary god of the Deep Blue Sea. We have been accused often of being Kraken in Der Head. Now we have Kraken on the brain.
If you like your fishy monsters with a pedigree, the Kraken is your sea creature. Alas, Monsterquest is after the Humboldt Squid: still a voracious, muscular, omonster of the deep. Never seen, but theorized to be a hundred feet in length, they have populated Jules Verne novels, but have remained science fiction mostly.
Now, there will be an attempt to prove they live in the depths and never surface. They will eat anything, including you.
This latest episode is an update of a 2006 show that captured a giant squid on camera for the first time. The 2019 version featured Scott Cassell, the same expert, whose blonde hair is now snowy white. The cute researchers are now long in the tooth, and the latest Monsterquest team is basically a new batch of thrill-seekers.
What else can you say about guys who don’t mind being attacked by angry squid. One complains, there must be an easier way to make a living—but they’d never go for it.
There is, he contends, as many giant and colossal squid (the 100 feet long ones) as there are people on earth, but they are so deep in the oceans they are never seen.
If anything comes out of this show, it is the idea that 1000 years ago these things were called Kraken—and they are highly intelligent and observant! That may be enough to say, leave them alone.