Ancient MonsterQuest

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If History Channel wants to bring back one of its favorite series, it seems to want to provide a new context—as if the wine should be placed into newer, sparkling bottles.

It’s the same old brew.

A new series is called Ancient MonsterQuest, (one word with a cap Q midway), which differentiates it from the usual quest for those monsters. A friend insists they are all hanging out at Area 51, under contract to the Hstory Channel.

Our cynicism is not quite there yet. However, this is more of a sociological or anthropological look at the phenomenon of these creatures. From that view, there is an attempt to connect with legitimate academics on how the idea of a primitive beast of mammoth proportions is real: gigantaspithicus, a big ape or human variation from the time thousands of years ago when all creatures had bigger models.

The Giant Ape died out before the Last Ice Age, or did it? The show does tease that notion that a smart ape would not simply allow himself to be rendered extinct.

The show also takes a newer and more sinister approach to the more friendly Bigfoot notions of recent years. Now, instead of a humorous and friendly giant who hides out of shyness, the giant Sasquatch, Yeti, or dozen other names of Native tribes, is actually a voracious and dangerous cannibal.

Yes, that whistle you hear out in the woods may mean you, dear reader, are the most dangerous game’s target for dinner.

Totems and Native American gatherings apparently speak this unspoken truth in private. Warnings are duly issued that you should not venture out into night alone in the woods. No, it’s not the Big Bad Wolf. It’s the Big Bad Ape who is ravenous for the blood and bones of little children.

This unnerving reassessment would be akin to a scientific decision that Great White Sharks are a nominally evil and dangerous predator with designs on your beachy activity.

We always find new approaches, even with alarms and warnings, to be worth a look.