Sunday, 17 March 2013

class47peter on: MonsterQuest

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                                               The MonsterQuest logo from series 2 to 4



In 2007 when i was younger than what i am today (age 18) i was browsing through videos to do with The Loch Ness Monster on YouTube as round that time i was interested in the subject and i still am today. Whilst i was browsing through the videos i stumbled upon Americas Loch Ness Monster made by MonsterQuest of course it had nothing to do with the Loch Ness Monster but i still found it very interesting so after watching began searching the said show on Google and discovered they had made other episodes including Bigfoot, Birdzilla, Giant squid found, Mutant Canines etc and from then on thats what got me hooked on the show!

SEASON 1:

The first series of MonsterQuest aired on 2007 which is the said year when i first discovered the show as said above.

The series started off with Americas Loch Ness Monster again as said above it actually had nothing to do with the Loch Ness Monster instead however it was about Champ (another lake monster) and i still found it very interesting. They didn't find the monster but they did find some evidence despite not finding the elusive beast.

Sasquatch Attack followed next searching for a creature similar to Bigfoot except this creature was attacking a remote cabin in Northern Ontario. Other episodes were:

Giant Squid Found

Searching for giant humboldt squid in the sea of cortez

Birdzilla

Looking at the legendary Thunderbirds (not the tv show) and other giant birds reported in Illinois, Texas and Alaska

Bigfoot

Searching for the legendary and infamous Bigfoot and enhancing the controversial Patterson-Gimlin film

Mutant Canines

Searching for a bizarre canine like creature supposedly killing american pets

Lions In The Backyard

Hunting for large big black cats in human populated areas

Gigantic Killer Fish

A search for massive freshwater fish from the Artic and Amazon river

Swamp Beast

A trek deep into the swamps of Louisiana and Florida searching for the Skunk Ape

Russias Killer Apeman

This was the least favourite episode of mine and it was a somewhat dissapointment. A search about a story that Joseph Stalin had a plan to create ape-human hybrids.

Unidentified Flying Creatures

An investigation to look for Rods

The Real Hobbit

A search in Southeast Asia to look for a creature that supposedly resembles Hobbit

Giganto: The Real King Kong

Searching for the Gigantopithecus that still reportedly lives on and inspired the stories of King Kong

American WereWolf

Searching for the Michigan Dogman and The Beast of Bray Road


                                                       The season 1 logo

With season 1 gone season 2 would follow

SEASON 2:

The said season aired in 2008 (the year when i first joined YouTube) and i first saw MegaHog on an ordinary day when i was eating Galaxy Minstrels.

It featured a new logo


                                    Being this logo that would be used right to the end of the tv show


On the same day as viewing MegaHog i also watched Vampire Beast which was a search for the infamous Beast of Bladenboro and appeared once before in the 1950s.

The animation was slightly different when it came to the Monsterpedia bit when it would zoom on on various parts of the creature.

The other episodes included were:

Ghosts

A search for Ghosts XD

Ohio Grassman

A search for Bigfoot like creatures that may live in the states of Ohio

Giant Killer Snakes

A trek to search for man eating Anacondas in the jungles of Venezeula

Super Rats

Rats may be getting bigger and MonsterQuest head to New York to search for a Super size rat that may live their.

Black Beast of Exmoor

This was a personal favourite and is only one of the few eps i still watch today but more on that later. A search in Britain YES Britain in Exmoor in search of a Black beast resembling a cat.

Chupacabra

A search in Texas and Rico to search for the well known Chupacabra

Legend of The Hairy Beast

A look at what Native Americans have to say about Bigfoot

Vampires in America

A look at the legend of  Vampires in America and looking at people at have a real craving for Blood

Boneless Horror

Investigation into the reports of a Giant Octopus named Lusca that is said to live in the Bahamas

Bigfoot in New York

A look into a 1976 report of Bigfoot and a search for the monster of Whitehall thats been sighted by Police officers!

Lake Monsters of the North

The search for Cressie a lake monster in Newfoundlands Crescent lake

Chinas Wildman

An investigation into a Chinese government-led search effort for the Yeren–a wild man said to be covered in thick red hair, 5–7 feet tall, and supposedly lurking in the country's remote Hubei province.

Giant Bear Attack

Horrfic reports of bear attacks and a search for new hybrid bears that have grown to a monstorus size.

Giant Squid Ambush

A return to the sea of Cortez to search once again for giant Humboldt squids

Monster Spiders

A look at man's fear of spiders starting with the Solifugae, or "Camel Spider"–a large desert-dwelling arachnid of Iraq that may have been brought to Texas by American soldiers that served there, and then a trek into the jungles of Venezuela in search of other massive arachnids that some local villagers claim are large enough to eat a small dog.


Jaws in Illinois

Investigation of reports of Bull sharks that have swam up inland to the Mississippi River from The Gulf of Mexico and also reports of Greenland sharks eating Caribou in St Lawrence River.

Real Dragons

Looking into reports of Komodo Dragons that are attacking humans and investigating the reports of the extinct Megalania may still lurk in the Blue mountains region in Australia

Sasquatch Attack II

A return to the remote cabin in Ontario as it has been attacked again by a strange Bigfoot like creature

This season deffinately had more episodes than the last season and saw a few of my faves aswell being Black Beast of Exmoor, Super Rats and also Monster Spiders

SEASON 3:

Season 3 followed next in 2009 but this is were the series got a tad more interesting (in my opinion)

Death of Loch Ness

A search to Loch Ness that Nessie may now be dead (if it existed)

Cattle Killers

An investigation into the unexplained mutilations of livestock in North America which are found drained of blood and with surgically precise wounds that do not match known predators.

Swamp Stalker

A search for a strange Bigfoot like creature in Fouke, Arkansas in the swamps said to be responsible for violent attacks.

Devils in New Jersey

A search into the Pine Barrens of New Jersey to search for the famous Jersey Devil.

Gators in the Sewers

A return to New York this time in the sewers to investigate to see if Alligators still live there and a look into a story from the 1930s were a swarm of em were found.

Snowbeast Slaughter

Hiking into the rocky mountains in serach of a Bigfoot like creature that is said to be responsible for live stock killings and elk.

Mega Jaws

A search off Mexicos Baja Peninsula to search for a 60 foot shark

Monster Close Encounters

Looking into reports of those that have had close encounters with Bigfoot

Lake Demons

A search launched upon Lake Okanagan to search for Ogopogo

Sea Monsters

A look at the legend of sea monsters and close examination of video footage of a unidentified sea creature

Mysterious Ape Island

An expedition is launched on to British Columbia's Vancouver Island in search of a legendary
 Sasquatch that local native tales say would steal children who ventured too deep into the woods

Gigantic Killer Fish II

A look at an 1895 fish attack off the coast of Florida by a Goliath grouper, a massive fish that can weigh up to 1,500 lbs and a recent attack that may be evidence these dangerous fish are returning. Then, other attacks at the freshwater lakes of Minnesota by the no-less-aggressive Muskie could be on the rise.

Isle of the Lost Tiger

A trek into Tasmania to search for the Tamanian Tiger that may still live on and looking at reports of the creature that people claim to have seen.

Killer Jellyfish

A look at the rising concern of poisonous jellyfish, from New York's Hudson River, to the beaches of Spain, these animals have become floating deathtraps in the world's oceans, and their population explosion may be the result of mankind's changes to their ecosystems.

Flying Monsters

A deep trek into Papua New Guinea to search for a creature called the Demon Flyer and that described matches a Pterosaur

The Curse of the Monkey Man

Heading off to New Delhi to search for the Monkey Man that is reported to have attacked people

Killer Crocs

A look at the 40-foot-long (12 m) prehistoric "SuperCroc" Sarcosuchus imperator an ancestor of today's crocodiles which can be up to 20 feet long, but witnesses are claiming modern crocodiles are getting much bigger. The show delves into Florida's swamps in search of record-sized crocs that could be returning to their prehistoric size.

The Last Dinosaur

The following of an expedition deep into the jungles of Cameroon in search of evidence of the Mokèlé Mbèmbé–a creature local villagers identify as a long-necked sauropod thought to have gone extinct over 65-million years ago.

Critical Evidence

 A review of the best evidence of Sasquatch, from amazing videos to footprint castings and compelling eye-witness reports gathered from around the United States, and how the latest state-of-the-art technology and scientific analysis could prove once and for all if these creatures really exist.

The Real Cujo

A look at the rising number of attacks by feral dogs as more and more canine pets are abandoned to the wild and returning to their pack hunter instincts. The series follows a team of investigators in St. Louis, Missouri to track these animals and to find out just how dangerous they can be.

Terror from the Sky

A look back at a series of mid-20th Century reports of bizarre flying humanoids that caused waves of panic in small towns across the Northern United States and recent encounters in Mexico and California. The investigation also analyzes a strange corpse and video evidence to identify what people are seeing.

Killer Chimps in America

chimpanzees, once big attractions at circuses and zoos in America, and now popular exotic pets, but reports of chimp attacks from Florida may be evidence that some of these dangerous animals have escaped captivity and are surviving in the wild.

Tigers in the Suburbs

The series follows a group of investigators into New York's wilderness in search of what area residents claim are big black cats, possibly escaped jaguars and panthers, that are stalking the local deer population.

The Real Moby Dick

Following the reports of attacks that inspired the Moby-Dick tale from classic literature, an investigative team searches for albino sperm whales to see if there is any truth to their aggressive nature.

Abominable Snowman

A 2 hour special which looks into eports of the Abominable Snowman it took me a long while to see this episode as it woudn't be til Easter of the next year too see it.

This series saw a few ofmy favourites being Cattle Killers and Death of Loch Ness my only critcism is why didn't they do second searches of other previous episodes like Super Rats, Mutant Canines and American Werewolf.

SEASON 4:

Season 4 would be the last ever season as mid way it was cancelled which we shall come onto later and also this is where people said the show was starting to be ridicoulous.

Monster Sharks

A look at the increasing number of attacks by great white sharks along our beaches. The investigation follows a team of researchers who are trying to determine why sharks are becoming more aggressive.

Hillbilly Beast

A trek into the foothills of North Western Kentucky to search for a Bigfoot-like creature that is said to make terrifying, wild screams. Investigators analyze a tooth, photographic and audio evidence, and venture into the remote wilderness in an attempt to identify the source of these mysterious sounds.

Giant Pythons in America

Investigators study the adaptability of giant pythons in Florida as their habitat spreads into heavily populated areas such as Miami, and north where they could hybridize and spread into every state in the country

Giant Killer Bees

over 50 years ago when South American scientists tried to make a hybrid bee that could produce more honey–instead they created swarms of large aggressive bees that have been plaguing Mexico and the southern United States with evidence that they are adapting to colder climates and spreading into northern states.


Mothman

A look back to the 1967 reports of the Mothman–a mysterious winged creature that terrorized a small West Virginia town and believed to be an omen for disasters such as the collapse of the Silver Bridge over the Ohio River that killed 46 people. Sightings of the creature are reported to this day, and a team of investigators use the latest forensic and night-vision technology to try to determine what people are encountering.

Piranha Invasion

A look at the growing number of South American piranha that are appearing in U.S. lakes and streams. A team studies how they are adapting and collects evidence to determine if the predatory fish are becoming a new threat to fresh water environments

Lizard Monster

A look back at a 1952 Flatwoods, West Virginia encounter of a supposed reptilian creature that appeared in a strange hovering craft and attacked witnesses with a noxious gas. Investigators follow a wave of new sightings that are being reported of the Flatwoods Monster to try and uncover what people are encountering.

Sierra Sasquatch

Bigfoot researchers trek into California's Sierra Nevada following Native American stories and petroglyphs of a supposed family of hairy man-beasts; they examine recently found footprint evidence and a compelling 1991 video of a supposed Sasquatch encounter in Mono Lake.


Americas Wolfman

Investigators head into the isolated wilderness of the Midwest United States in search of a legendary creature described as half-man/half-wolf; guiding them are various eye-witness testimonies and a recently surfaced, but suspicious video of the purported beast.

After this episode the series was axed not because of lake of views but to assure their future as a powerfull force in television. Now people have said its a good thing because they didn't like the show and said UFO Hunters was better (i've never seen the show so i can't comment).

People have also said the show is ridicoulous because they never find anything when they actually found the monster in the past these episodes are ,Unidentified Flying Objects, Giant Squid Found, Killer Crocs, Giant Pythons and Killer Bees (i think) so its unfair to say they never find anything and besides atleast they try to find evidence.

Sure we have had the occasional duff episode but its like that with most shows these days but i can't understand why the had to cancel the show all because they think their future is powerful.

their isn't enough shows like this on the History channel so it really bugs me why they don't keep shows like this and even the shows spinoff MysteryQuest didn't last long either only running for one season.

But regardless what people say i like the show and if people don't like it they can stuff themselves and i still watch the show to this day but i only watch a few episodes these are:

Black Beast of Exmoor:

This was the only episode they filmed in England thats why i like it so why coudn't they make more episodes in england it may have been an american show but thats no excuse.

Cattle Killers:

Another fav of mine simply because im interested in the subject

Death of Loch Ness:

Obviously cause again its the same as the one above im interested in the subject

Bigfoot:

I just like it :P

Okay several of the season 4 episodes were a dissapointment and the only ones i liked was the Lizard Monster and Americas Wolfman but i still like the show its just a shame it got cancelled. Besides we could have had more searches in england if it hadn't been cancelled.

                                                THE ANIMATION :


                                                



The animation is one of the important things on the show not just the searches and the animation as always impressed me. They always capture the detail of the creatures smack on and it looks so realistic aswell and when it comes to recreating the eyewitness accounts (one of my fav bits about the show) the animation always works well and with out it the show would be bland and boring. The animation of the creatures also looks like its real.

Take a look at this scene for example:


And its scenes like this that can be very creepy and scary but that makes it more interesting.

Also the animation has changed over the years aswell.



When the animation was first done it had no backgrounds whatsoever it was still okay especially since it started like that when the show first began.


BUT when they later put backgrounds on the MonsterPedias it spiced it up and made it look more interesting and more importantly more realistic. They even had it touched up abit like adding lightning or fog and rain etc. Ans whats more it really does bring it to life especially since they add thigs like bushes, trees, grass, sky, weather and occasionally buildings if necessary.


                                               THE MUSIC:

The music often heard in the background is also important as it spicens it up abit and if there was no music it would be the same. The music does indeed sound very creepy especially played during an eyewitness account and occasionally it would make my hair stand on end thats the beauty of it. The music used during the opening credits is good too but not as creepy. The music often played also sounds like something you would expect from a horror film. and would work when even when one of the creatures appears on screen (in animation of course).

and lets not forget         THE EYEWITNESS ACCOUNTS


The eyewitness accounts make the series more interesting too and when it comes to other documentaries about cryptids i've seen a majority of those other shows leave out the accounts people have had with the creatures so why?

The eyewitness accounts are one of the important things about the show even though they are re acted it still seems wrong to just forget about them and leave them out it doesn't seem right to me and also if they do that then it becomes tacky.


OVERALL THOUGHTS:

The series was deffinately one of the best shows i've seen on the History channel and when it comes to other programmes also searching for cryptids this one comes out on top as the others i've seen either don't actually find any evidence or leave out the eyewitness accounts. Regardless what others say about the show its the best show to do with this topic yet.

And theres even a potition to bring the show back and i hope they do

Take care all..........















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