What happened to "Deadliest Catch" on Discovery? After Captain Phil Harris passed away, it seems as though the entire show died with him. Fighting between producers and cast members, rumors about captains walking off the show, the loss of major characters (such as Edgar, besides Capt. Phil), and drama centered around petty nonsense (Jake Harris' supposed drug problem, for instance) all have viewers scratching their heads as to whether or not they want to tune in for another season. Fortunately, the spin-off about the Hillstrand brothers that captain the Time Bandit, "Hillstranded," came to a screeching halt after the brothers and Sig Hansen threatened to walk off the show last year, right after Captain Phil died.
Boys will be boys.
None of the characters are relatable, let alone likable, anymore. No one knows what happened to Jake's missing father on the Northwestern, and the questions have never been answered. No one knows why crew members are changing ships. No one cares about Captain Keith Colburn's chaw habit. To be honest, his superstitions are downright creepy and ridiculous. Captain Phil was the only captain that viewers cared about. The tension and love-hate relationship between Sig and Edgar was the only drama worth watching after Captain Phil died. Now that Edgar is gone, viewers are left with two massive voids and no one to fill them. It even appears the producers are trying to manufacture drama on the Bering Sea.
Unfortunately the men on the show aren't actors, they are crab fisherman. The audience can tell when something is fake. The insincerity of the actions of some of the people on the show make it clear that they were told to act a certain way. While editing a reality show can easily create a dramatic perception to the audience, you can't edit bad acting. If you could, Ed Wood would have won an Oscar instead of a Raspberry.
"The Deadliest Catch" appears to be a sinking ship, with several crewmates having already abandoned the vessel. The ones holding on are trying their best to look like the stars saving the show, but are actually doing more harm than good.
If Discovery wants to save yet another ill-fated television program, they have to watch the first season and return the show to that pure form. There are too many outside influences, too much time in port and, frankly, not enough fishing or time on the boat. Discovery needs to revamp the program to gain the attention of its audience once again, or just let the ship go down and move onto a better vessel.
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