Ancient MonsterQuest


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.




Discovering Bigfoot: Standing Off

DATELINE: Devotee Snares Academic

meldrum Dr. Jeff Meldrum.

We are all for intriguing documentaries about conspiracy theory and crypto-zoology.  And, we love it when our favorite academics, like Ph.D., Dr. Jeff Meldrum of Idaho, decides to partake of the antics.

In this case, the highly respected scientist and expert on Sasquatch seems to have been roped into Todd Standing’s self-promotion, self-directed, vanity project.

Standing may not have much academic standing, but that does not let him think any the less of himself. Indeed, we admire his courage to spend time out in the Northwest wilderness and be harassed by mysterious howling creatures in the night.

He stands alone in the dark whilst rocks are hurled at him and nine-foot tall things that go bump in the night threaten to bump into him. What courage!

He has even photographed these figures up close, and it is pretty amazing stuff. No wonder a bigwig like Doc Meldrum was drawn in. Alas, he must listen to the prattle and pushy stream of verbiage from his host. Standing cannot stand still, nor keep quiet.

He presses again and again to have his obsession validated.

We admire Meldrum’s self-control in face of the director’s out of control energy. Everything is kept in check by some of the strange videos presented. Watching apples disappear in the dark by unknown hands hardly proves it was Bigfoot.

There are also the large structures created by some force with superhuman strength. Whether these are signposts, religious totems, or warnings from Bigfoot, director Standing has the answer. Don’t contradict him.

We think this is a sincere effort to prove something is out there, and it is not extra-terrestrials.