The new season of Deadliest Catch started last night. I’ve had a hankering for it for quite some time, since I think the last time we had episodes was back in August or so of last year. The entire production is edited in such a way to reflect Capt. Phil Harris’ passing in an ominous but not directly stated way. Capt. Phil was one of my favorite characters on the show, and I was very sad to hear that he had passed. I was hoping that Discovery and co. would treat his death with respect, and ultimately I think they will. However, the stuff that’s going on between the still-living captains is a bit… weird. The fight between Jonathan and Keith also felt a bit off – almost exactly like it was pure camera mugging. The problem is that it’s a he-said she-said situation and the crewmember could have been embellishing a story to Jonathan. Regardless, it was still a low blow to bring up Keith’s brother like that, let alone shoving him.
The cinematography has also changed up quite a bit. It looks more film-like with different processing. My buddy joked that they could be doing it on 5Dmk2s, but I retorted that they’d all be dead from salt water and air before the first episode was finished. We both got a chuckle out of that.
Unfortunately, it’s still too early in the season to really get into it; aside from the sinking ship scare there wasn’t much actual crabbing going on. Much to be expected from the starting episode; hopefully the season will get into a good swing pretty soon.