Film (with rating): Deadliest Catch Season 6 (NR)
reality television series follows a group of fishermen risking their lives to
catch crab in the Bering Sea.
became hooked on “Deadliest Catch” years ago, despite being an animal
advocate and vegetarian. There was something mesmerizing and addictive about
these chain-smoking, swearing, rough-around-the-edges-and-proud-of-it
fishermen. Quickly, Sig, Phil, Johnathan and the other captains became as familiar
to me as my neighbors. I looked forward to the show every week to see, of
course, the giant waves, the icy air that froze instantaneously on the face,
the hauling of the crab pots.
But what I tuned in most to see was these guys, these very
real, very human guys. Despite being on a reality show, they really were the
honest deal. “Deadliest Catch” is not some Hollywoodized version of
crab fishing–it’s the real thing. The captains, despite having cameras in their
faces, are a WYSIWYG kind of show, and for that, the series won me over.
Season 6 is by far my favorite. By now, the film crew and
the motley crew of fishermen have a good relationship going, lending to amazing
footage of the weather, the emotions, behind-the-scenes happenings and the
I loved Season 6 mainly because it’s my favorite captain’s
last. Captain Phil dies during this season (that’s not a spoiler–it was all
over the news when he passed away last February and the show’s producers molded
the entire season around this event). Where it could have been cheesy, drawn
out and just in very poor taste, Season 6 was absolutely not. Dealing with the
illness and eventual death of Phil, the producers showcased a new level of
reality-show tact and talent never seen before in this medium.
In fact, every reality-show producer should watch Season 6
to see how it’s done right. If you’ve never seen this series before, don’t feel
you need to watch the other five seasons to catch up. Check out Season 5 if you
want some background, but if not, dive right into Season 6 and see how much
effort, passion and life goes into catching crab.
Who knew that a bunch of salty sea captains and their Bering Sea brotherhood
had so much heart?
“The Phil Harris Story” or the “After the Catch” DVD
What to serve for dinner: Crab, of course. Try crab with snow peas
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 pound fresh crabmeat
2 cloves garlic, crushed
1/2 pound fresh snow peas
1 can (8 ounces) water chestnuts
1/4 cup white wine
1 tablespoon soy sauce
1 tablespoon arrowroot powder
1/4 cup water
Rice of your choice (brown, white, long grain, etc.)
Heat oil. Add crab and simmer, stirring, two minutes. Add
garlic, snow peas and water chestnuts; simmer five minutes. Stir together wine,
soy sauce, arrowroot and water until arrowroot is dissolved. Pour into cooking
crab mixture and simmer another 2 minutes. Serve immediately over hot rice.
What to talk about over dinner: Would you ever do this job? Could you? Do you enjoy
being on boats? What’s the worst weather you’ve ever encountered at sea? How
cold have you ever been? Who is your favorite captain? Favorite boat? Least
favorite captain? What was your favorite episode? What’s your opinion on how
Phil’s death was handled? What do you think will happen next season? What about
Phil’s sons? What ship would you be on if you were a Bering Sea crabber? What
ship would you never want to be on? Why is this reality show so much better
than other ones on television now? What did you think of the “After the
Catch” segments? Do you really think the guys are just like they are on
TV? What’s your favorite seasickness remedy?