We have now seen the first two episodes of Season 7′s “Deadliest Catch”, including the two hour premiere episode on April 12th. The LA Times wrote that the first episode was the “top-rated prime-time show on cable” for the night.
I read a lot of the television reviews of the “Deadliest Catch”, both from professional news sites and amateur blogs. So, if you’ve written a blog about the Cornelia Marie, there’s a good chance I’ve read it.
The reviews are generally very positive for the new season, with a few consistent comments coming from most writers. The first two most read comments are “The show is not the same without Capt. Phil” and “The new Capt. is not working”. Mandi Bierly from EW.com addresses both of these points with her review:
“We’re now three hours into season 7 of Discovery’s Deadliest Catch, and I’m officially missing the late Capt. Phil Harris. After last season — the final half of which was so moving it made viewers feel sorry for people who weren’t tuning in — it was hard to look at this series as just a TV show. That’s a fact I know to be true. When I joined Time Bandit captain Johnathan Hillstrand in New York last week to live blog the season premiere with his brother Andy and Northwestern captain Sig Hansen, John told me he was afraid new Cornelia Marie captain Derrick Ray would come off as a villain when really, he’s just doing what he needs to do to keep that boat afloat and the boys in line.”
Ms. Bierly goes on to write a good review if you need to catch up with what’s happened so far this season. Read here.
One of the most unusual, and humorous reviews came from this blog. The author is an Alaskan fisherman from Kodiak. His writing tends to wander, but he also noticed another widely commented remark, “Where is Wild Bill and the FV Kodiak?”
“Wild Bill was noticeably absent from the show and he might be the “character” I get the biggest kick out of. And where is the chew? Do all these mudderphutters smoke over spit? Almost everyone I knows in the biz is Copenhagen powered. That’s not an endorsement by the way. You should see my dipping ladies in Dillingham.”
Finally, the biggest surprise so far this season hasn’t come from the show! We just discovered the song “Ode to Phil”, written and performed by none other than Capt. Andy from the “FV Time Bandit”. Thank you Andy for a beautiful song. You can download the song from itunes here. Capt. Andy talked about the song in a recent Zap2it article.
“I wrote two songs,” he tells Zap2it. “The night after Phil died on the show, I was feeling weird. I went to sleep, and I woke up, had it all in my head. I wrote an ‘Ode to Phil’ and ‘Fishing Man’s Life.’ I just woke up, and I had all the words in my head.”
Hillstrand hopes to get the chance to perform “Fishing Man’s Life” on the “Deadliest Catch’s” companion-roundtable show, “After the Catch,” which starts later in the season, and to have “Ode to Phil” available on iTunes
“I’m not that great of a singer,” he says, “but when you hear the words and you hear the guitar playing, then you hear what I say … I would tell you if it’s a bad song, but they’re really good songs. One, I’m just saying goodbye to my buddy; and the other one just talks about kicking ass and fishing.”