Sig, Phil, and a host of new crab captains are back for Season Three of the Deadliest Catch on the Discovery Channel. The long wait is finally over! Of the reality shows that are currently on TV, this one seems to capture my attention week in and week out. I guess it because its a true test of man against nature in one of the most unforgiving areas of the world or it could be the astonishing amount of profit these guys make in less than three weeks.
In case you are not up to speed on what the Deadliest Catch is about, allow me to fill you in. This series is a reality-based show that begins at the start of Opilio Crab season in Alaska on the Bering Sea. The show follows the crews of eight crab boats as they battle the elements and each other in one of the most treacherous, prosperous jobs on the face of this planet. Through this show, we experience what life is like working, living, sleeping, and eating on a crab boat while being battered by the sea, high winds, rain/snow, ice, and the occasional rouge wave. The show focuses not only on life at sea, but on the dangers of sea too, which includes tragedy – even death. Returning this season are the boats Cornelia Marie, Northwestern, Maverick and Time Bandit along with newcomers, Farwest Leader, Aleutian Ballad, Wizard and Early Dawn.
This show has been described as the "last frontier" or the modern version of the "wild west." Whatever the description you prefer to use, you cannot escape the rawness of the show and the adrenaline these captains and crews area oozing as they work 21-hour plus days against everything that Mother Nature can throw at them. This show is the true test of man vs. nature and man vs. himself. Is it the life/death these crews face that draw the viewers in, the test of man vs. nature, the profit at the end of the season, or is it that we like a good adventure story full of excitement? Whatever it is, Deadliest Catch is as addictive as the delicious crab legs we like to eat with a cold beer and the warm, golden butter that comes with it. If there was any show on TV that is all man, this one is it.
I hope to bring you a bit of updates on each week's episode and the latest crab totals. So stay tune and enjoy the adventures of these brave men.
Season 3 Crab Top Totals at the end of Episode 2
Corelia Marie - 80,000 pounds
Wizard - 51,000 pounds
Farwest Leader - 42,000 pounds
Maverick - 16,900 pounds
Northwestern - 15,300 pounds