“The fishermen know that the sea is dangerous and the storm terrible, but they have never found these dangers sufficient reason for remaining ashore” – Vincent van Goqh.
Words that are particularly true for the men of The Deadliest Catch as they head out to sea to capture their fair share of fame and fortune.
Season 6 of The Deadliest Catch is now upon us. a new season that is rifled with excitement, drama, new rivalries, additional crewmembers, and a sudden departure of an old, dear friend.
We start our voyage in the Bering Sea on small, rocky island oasis – Dutch Harbor. It is King Crab Season and the rush to strike “red oil” is in the air as the crews rush to put the final touches on preparations as they head out to sea. All our favorite characters are here – Sig, Andy, Phil, Jonathan, and Keith, plus a new captain – Wild Bill, a former captain who is returning from his second carrier as fishing guide in Baja Mexico.
I am not sure that I would give up the warm, clear waters of Mexico for ice, cold, and long days of hauling pots. Wild Bill’s reintroduction into fleet and “the grid” of crab fishing will be work in progress.
So what does the sixth season offer that the last five didn’t? Great question!!! To spice things up, the Northwestern and the Cornelia Marie performed a crew swap. Jake Harris is transferred to the Northwestern and Jake Anderson to the Cornelia Marie.
The goal is to teach these two “hotshot, know-it-alls” a taste of humility. In the “real world” of fishing this type of crew swap is unheard of, but what the hell for TV. Seeing these two Jacks try to survive crab season on new boats while being tested with continual torment from crews will be like Survivor meets Fear Factor. Hell on the seas!
Not enough drama, yet? We now have conflagrant (I don’t know what this word means) rivalry between two of our captains – Jonathan and Keith –over what is called crew poaching. Part of the unwritten rules of crab fishing is that you do not approach another captain’s crew member with an offer of job with increased earnings while they are still employed on another boat.
If this was the 18th century, this offense would be settled with pistols or sword in a duel to the death. In the 21st century, we are bit more civilized…instead the captains slung around lots of profanity, threats, and eventually pushing.
As the curtain closed over the Captain’s Barrel, the dispute between Keith and Jonathan is far from over…What will be in store from these two fierce rivals? I am not sure, but I am betting this conflict will make for good theater as the season progresses.
*** Spoiler Alert ***
An old friend of the fleet will leaving us during Season 6. If you have not heard by now, Captain Phil Harris suffered a lethal stroke toward during filming on January 29th of this year while in port at St. Paul Island. The cameras went along for his final voyage as Phil left the St. Paul Island bound to Anchorage via Med Flight.
Even in the final hours and days, Phil still had a story to tell and insisted on keeping the cameras rolling no matter what. In a note to Producer Beers Phil wrote about whether to cease the cameras – ‘No, we need a great finish to this story’. Phil wouldn’t have it any other way…
Season Six is surely setting up to be one the more enjoyable seasons. Ratings from last week’s first show was the highest ever for the series! So, let’s get fishing!
Deadliest Catch is on Discovery every Tuesday at 9 p.m.