Coming Thursday: Beast Legends

Posted by: Craig Woolheater on September 6th, 2010




Beast Legends

New York, New York – August 17, 2010 – Syfy will premiere Beast Legends, a new six-part series which journeys around the world using scientific data to reconstruct what mythological monsters, from Krakens and Griffins to Fire Dragons, would have looked like.

The debut of Beast Legends on Thursday, September 9, at 10PM (ET/PT) follows the fourth season return of Destination Truth at 9PM (ET/PT). In each of the hour-long episodes, Beast Legends uncovers historical and eyewitness accounts by zeroing in on archaeological and other physical evidence to assemble the most accurate picture possible of these monsters, from where they might have lived to how they would have behaved.

Beast Legends then moves to the ‘Beast Lab’ to build the creature, first as initial sculpts and wire-frame forms, before finally bringing it to life in stunning 3D CGI.

The investigations are conducted by the “Beast Seekers,” an expert team of specialists:

Stephen Leonard: Adventurer and Veterinary Surgeon based in Bristol, England.

Kathryn Denning: Myth expert, anthropologist, archaeologist and professor at Toronto’s York University.

Scott Edwards: Professor of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology and Curator of Ornithology at the Museum of Comparative Zoology, Harvard University.

Francis Manapul: Philippine-born, now Toronto-based, renowned comic book artist.

This season, Beast Legends will explore:

The Kraken – Thursday, September 9, at 10PM (ET/PT) The Beast Seekers investigate the sailor’s legend of the Kraken, a terrifying multi-tentacled sea monster that snatches men from ships’ decks and crushes entire vessels, sending them to the ocean bottom.

Fire Dragon – Thursday, September 16, at 10PM (ET/PT) The Beast Seekers venture deep into the primeval forests of Poland in search of the truth behind ancient legends of a terrifying, fire-breathing dragon called Smok.

Megajaws – Thursday, September 23, at 10PM (ET/PT) The Beast Seekers travel to Fiji to learn about Dakuwaqa, an all-seeing, all-knowing Shark God – a huge beast that can change shape at will.

Winged Lion – Thursday, September 30, at 10PM (ET/PT) The Beast Seekers explore Mongolia’s Altai (Golden) Mountains in search of a massive, legendary creature with the head of an eagle, razor-sharp talons and the body of a gigantic lion – the vicious beast known as the Griffin.

Wildman of Vietnam – Thursday, October 7, at 10PM (ET/PT) The Beast Seekers explore the remote, unexplored jungles of Vietnam in search of the Wildman, a giant, hairy, bloodthirsty beast similar to North America’s Bigfoot or Sasquatch.

Bird Monster – Thursday, October 14, at 10PM (ET/PT) In the ancestral Navajo lands of New Mexico, the Beast Seekers investigate the legend of a giant bird predator the size of a small airplane.

About Craig Woolheater
Co-founder of Cryptomundo in 2005. I have appeared in or contributed to the following TV programs, documentaries and films: OLN's Mysterious Encounters: "Caddo Critter", Southern Fried Bigfoot, Travel Channel's Weird Travels: "Bigfoot", History Channel's MonsterQuest: "Swamp Stalker", The Wild Man of the Navidad, Destination America's Monsters and Mysteries in America: Texas Terror - Lake Worth Monster, Animal Planet's Finding Bigfoot: Return to Boggy Creek and Beast of the Bayou.

5 Responses to “Coming Thursday: Beast Legends

  1. rockrocky77 responds:

    History channel in Canada has been airing these already (the show is a joint venture with the Global network) and from what I have seen (the Kraken ep) this is like a very Boring version of “MonsterQuest” (that was not boring).

  2. Macleod responds:

    Hi, thought i would chime in on this show. I live in BC Canada and this show has already aired up to and including the “Fire Dragon”. The show is not very good imo, there is very little gathering of evidence and lore and more a bunch of people sitting around a computer creating ridiculous CG renderings of what these creatures would look like, ending with a short movie of the “monster” creating havoc. They take parts and pieces of existing animals and combine them into what they think looks cool instead of taking a serious look at the cryptid and investigating. Just my 2 cents.

    Can’t wait to see the Caddy video by the way, woooo!

  3. Cryptidcrazy responds:

    I had high hopes for this show. I thought it was going to be like a combo of “Destination Truth” and “Monsterquest”, where they would be investigating cryptids that could really exist today, but if they’re just going to focus on animals that never existed, except in “Dungeons and Dragons”, what’s the point? I want real investigations of current cryptids that could actually exist, not some made up creature from some fantasy game for losers. “Monsterquest” had so many things they could have still done. It’s a shame that such a good, scientific show was scrapped and we get left with half-wit programs like “Beast Legends”.

  4. thylo responds:

    Yeah I am from BC (Canada) as well and MacLeod has hit the nail on the head- Beast Legends is a group of people debating what a creature would, could or should look like trying to balance the wishes of some to go for a Mountain Dew Extreeeeeeeme gnarly version versus the others’ desires to see something more realistic.

    Beast Legends is a waste of time in almost all regards except that it does put a cryptid on the tele for another one hour slot, and that is a good thing.

    But if any of you enjoy researching cryptids with any iota of scientific method then steer clear… this will make you shudder with embarrassment and wish for a resurrection in the debates of a geocentric universe.

    dude wanted to put spikes all over the kraken… /facepalm

  5. springheeledjack responds:

    oh, man! I was all set to get excited and tout my hopes for the show…sigh…I’ll give it a shot down here in the U.S., but it sounds like another season of hoping we get to finally see Josh Gates drug off by one of the things he’s hunting…

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