Category: TV Reviews
Written by Richelle Charkot
Published on Sunday, 18 May 2014 23:15
Mountain Monsters - Season 2, Episode 6: "Sheepsquatch of Boone County" TV Episode Review
Written by Richelle Charkot
2014, Rated TV-14
Episode premiered on May 9th, 2014
John "Trapper" Tice - Co-founder, Team Leader, Expert Trapper
Jake "Buck" Lowe - "The Rookie"
Joseph "Huckleberry" Lott - Head of Security
Jeff Headlee - Co-founder and Team Researcher
Willy McQuillain - Co-founder and Expert Trap Builder
"Wild Bill" Neff - Expert Tracker and Big-Game Hunter
I enjoy paranormal or supernatural investigator shows as much as anything else that reality TV has to offer. No matter how skeptical and thus reasonable the shows may occasionally be, there is almost always a moment where I find myself laughing out loud at the ridiculous situations that these people get into. I also find myself infinitely jealous that I don't get paid for running around in a field or an old house, chasing after sasquatches, ghosts, zombies, or whatever other monsters people have had eyewitness accounts of. This episode of Mountain Monsters, enticingly titled "Sheepsquatch of Boone County," is no exception in ridiculousness. In fact, it is so much more; just absolute lunacy.
The men of the Appalachian Investigators of Mysterious Sightings or "AIMS" are a fairly stunning cast of characters. All equipped with wonderfully thick beards, surly Southern drawls and the capability to dole out pretty hilarious one-liner insults, this episode would not have been even remotely worth watching if not for them. Trapper, the team leader, is the co-founder of AIMS who has put his outdoorsman persona to good use by investigating unsolved mysteries of the Appalachian region. His fatherly presence among the other men is enjoyable to watch due to their family-tight camaraderie that seems to originate from his friendly atmosphere.
The episode opens with the AIMS men driving to Boone County, West Virginia, where multiple sightings of a peculiar beast, aptly named the Sheepsquatch, have been recorded. The creature is bipedal and an amalgamation of several animals, which makes it essentially look like a giant ram, but I prefer Trapper's introduction of the monster to the other men by saying, "...this is a big, dangerous, Sheepsquatch son-of-a-bitch." The AIMS team then meet three witnesses; Mason, a deer hunter who saw the monster when he was in the forest; Rocky, a hunter who captured some unconvincing photographs; and Dave, who managed to get a video of the beast (as a shadowy blur, as 'sightings' videos often seem to look). The AIMS men plan multiple hunts for the monster that seem haphazard at best; one ending with a car crash, all laden with unorganized running every which way, and one moment where the creature is in a tree and urinates on Trapper's face, which blinds him for the night. There is also a pretty lovely moment where the men find some of Sheepsquatch's fecal matter, which Trapper excitedly examines with his hands.
In good conscience, I really can't recommend this episode to many people. With a premise so outrageous and it pretty evidently being a series of faked "encounters," even more so than your run-of-the-mill ghost investigator show, Mountain Monsters is only really worth watching to see how crazy the entire event is. Although the episode wasn't necessarily good, the men of AIMS are genuinely funny in their quick quips and Southern-similes, such as, "...it's as thick as dog fur in here," in reference to tall grass, or when one of the men likens the Sheepsquatch's supposed musky scent to what Jeff, the other co-founder, smells like.
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