Deadliest Catch - Season 1
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Join Captain Rick Mezich and the crew of The Fierce Allegiance as they work the frigid waters between Russia and Alaska during the brutal '99 snow crab season, a season that took the lives of seven good men. Crab fishing in the middle of winter off the coast of Alaska is extremely dangerous. On average, one man will die every week, sent to a watery grave by rogue waves and sinking ships. Why do they do it? Perhaps because crab fishing is thought to be one of the last great gold rushes in the world. In a good year, an experienced deck hand working the short, eight-week season can bring home almost $50,000. But this isn't easy money. Crushed fingers, crippled hands, cracked ribs and broken feet are common in this working environment where the injury rate stands at almost one hundred percent.
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- 10 episodes on five discs
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Basic premise: They catch some crab. They deal with some nasty(!!!!) weather. They get mad and yell at each other. They sleep very little. They cash in. Tune in next week for the same exact thing again.
But I like it, and I don't know why.
The work alone is incrediblly dangerous and difficult on heaving decks in freezing seas with wind and weather assailing every footstep. The evidence of this lies in the 90 lost souls over the past twenty years of those who ventured to challenge Alaska's Bering Sea.
But the real drama of the series lies in the characters themselves; the Wizard's captain Keith, Jonathan of Time Bandit, the damaged Phil aboard Cornelia Marie (and his sons), Sig and his family on the Northwestern and so many other brave and hearty souls. They become like part of the family as we cheer their victories, grieve their losses and laugh with them in the joy of their work and play. You come to love Jacob, the great-hearted kid on the Cornelia Marie and to see through Jonathan's quirkiness to his heart for his men and his ship. Sig's toughness metls as he reveals the depth of his pain in losing friends and comrades to the Bering Sea.
This series is a brilliant, vivid, dramatic testimony to the "men who go down to the sea in ships." May God bless and keep them.
No matter how much the crew earns on these crab runs there is not a viewer on the planet who would say their overpaid. They have sleep depravation, injuries, work cold and wet, bicker amongst themselves, wrestle 700 pound pots and face the real threat of being washed overboard and freezing in the arctic waters but they struggle onward so we can have our appetizer of crab with drawn butter.
Us loyal viewers learn the jargon of the crews and long to learn more of our favorite captains: Blond and handsome Sig Hansen of the Northwestern, acerbic Phil Harris of the Cornelia Marie, the wiley Hillstrand brothers (Johnathan, Andy and Neal) of the Time Bandit.
This is a show that you never lose interest in watching and is well worth your time and money. I'm going to give this same review to each season. bg