In Search Of Monsters is just about to finish its first season on Travel Channel. Each episode focuses on a cryptid’s origins, witness encounters, an investigation, and expert opinions.
In this review, I analyze the production, experts’ credentials, re-enactments, originality and truth about the cryptid. For this example, I’ll use Episode 5, The Wendigo, to reference and ladder back to the series as a whole.
This episode had the following experts:
- Chad Lewis, a cryptozoologist
- Lynne S. McNeill, a folklorist from Utah State University
- Nick Redfern, a cryptozoologist
- Ronny LeBlanc, a cryptozoologist
- Brendan Fairbanks, an American Indian Studies professor at the University of Minnesota
- Erin Ryder, investigative journalist and TV host
- Wanda McFaggen, St. Croix Chippewa, historic preservationist
In a nut shell, the show moves quickly between witness encounters, re-enactments with the cryptids, expert opinions, and alternate origins from legends and lore. To me, the standout part of the show is the narrator, Gabe Kunda.
In some cases, the show hyperbolizes the threat the cryptid poses and a few origin explanations are a bit of a stretch. Not every monster is an alien.
Overall, it’s a well made show, and I recommend it for paranormal fans. It reminds me of Paranormal Witness, but with a documentary-and-adventure approach. I hope they explore less common cryptids in future seasons.
In Search Of Monsters airs on Travel Channel, Wednesday nights at 8 PM ET.
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