This is no watered-down reality show.
It’s “Deadliest Catch,” and it remains one of the sturdiest, and toughest, of all the so-called “workplace” reality shows on TV. How sturdy? Despite rough seas (or perhaps because of them, since that’s what the show’s all about), “Deadliest Catch” returns Tuesday, April 10 (at 9/8c) on Discovery Channel for its eighth season.
The season premiere will mark another milestone: The show’s 100th episode.
And as this exclusive clip from the upcoming season premiere demonstrates, “Deadliest Catch” doesn’t seem headed toward dry dock or calm seas any time soon.
The thing we love about this show: How it lays hardship upon hardship. A case in point: This clip, which has the crew of the Ramblin’ Rose, under the supervision of Capt. Elliott Neese, setting crab pots (in pursuit of blue crab) in seas that are absolutely raging. And that would have been enough, of course, but the crew happens to be undertaking this activity in the gloom of night.
Warning: If you’re prone to seasickness, beware of this clip, in which the Rose is tossed like a toy in the choppy waters.
Well, “choppy’s” probably an understatement. In this clip, the waves dwarf the boat, as skipper Neese tries to navigate the craft through the “ditch,” which is what he calls the natural gullies between waves.
Not that that seems to make any difference, or is even possible to do. The truth is, there’s no avoiding the difficulties posed by Mother Nature on “Deadliest Catch.”
This season’s main challenge, according to Discovery: New government-imposed crab-fishing quotas threaten to crimp the crabbers’ businesses. The new restrictions will have them making a number of adjustments in what species they pursue and catch.
As for the Ramblin’ Rose in this clip, someone seems to be seriously injured when a large quantity of the Pacific Ocean washes onto the deck.
Stay tuned — “Deadliest Catch” premieres April 10 on Discovery.