Sunday, January 01, 2012

Review: Finding Bigfoot 1-1-12

This was a really good way to bring in Season 2 of the hit Animal Planet series, with the crew heading to Eastern New York about an hour from NYC, where they investigate a piece of video shot in 1997 of what appears to be a small primate swinging in a tree after having jumped off the shoulders of a larger upright figure. They meet with the videographer, Doug Pridgen, and do a test with Cliff climbing a tree and acting the part of the primate in the tree, and video of this is compared to the original video, and it is obvious that the smaller primate is not a human. Ranae thinks it is a gibbon, while the rest of the team thinks it is a baby 'Squatch. They next take to night operations, where they hear woodknocks, but nothing definitive. They then leave Ranae alone in the area, where she finds nothing. Meanwhile, the rest of the team goes to a town named Pauling, where they engage in a town hall meeting and get some interesting reports. They investigate two of those reports, and then once again take to the woods, this time with an interesting tactic-but only after showing the footage to a primatologist at a local zoo. The tactic they use is bringing a live baboon in a cage into the field to see how 'Squatches will react to the shrieks and howls of an actual primate. They do hear a few screams, but nothing definitive. All in all, a good way to kick off the new season. 4 out of 5 stars. Next week, the team heads to Rhode Island to investigate Big Rhodey, that state's version of Sasquatch, 10:00 EST/9:00 Central on Animal Planet. Check local listings for time and channel.

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