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Finding Bigfoot: “Dances with Bigfoot”

Posted by: Craig Woolheater on December 10th, 2012

Dances with Bigfoot
Premiering Sunday, December 9, 10PM e/p
Also airs:
Monday, December 10, 9PM e/p
Tuesday, December 11, 12AM e/p
Tuesday, December 11, 4AM e/p
Sunday, December 16, 7PM e/p
Monday, December 17, 2AM e/p

The team travels to Arizona’s Mogollon Rim to investigate sightings of what locals have described as a bigfoot. To narrow down their search they enlist the aid of a local Apache Indian tribe.

Be sure to come back after the episode airs to share your thoughts about it with the other Cryptomundians!

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.


18 Responses to “Finding Bigfoot: “Dances with Bigfoot””

  1. mcw2112 responds:

    Well, I’ll go first. I said that I’d continue watching just for the entertainment factor, but last night’s episode really, really hit the bottom. I hear Bobo, talking about the old guy saying that he agreed with the him about ‘squatching'; find a place with lots of activity, set up camp and spend some time there – exactly the opposite of what they do. They find an area with lots of sightings and spend half a day and most of night there…and then they’re gone! And the old guy’s video….c’mon people, it certainly looked like a young woman to me…I was even certain I could see a camera hanging around her neck.

    Someone should tell the producers that in the absence of any activity that can be captured on film/audio, the audience would probably enjoy at least hearing the stories of some of the other eyewitnesses from the town hall meetings. They get a dozen or more hands go up and they interview three people. I’d personally like to hear the other stories as well. Better than twenty minutes of stumbling around in the dark for naught.

    I’ve always wondered why they don’t get serious, hire a professional animal tracker, pay someone to enhance these videos or at the very least, enhance the audio of the howls and knocks they they claim to hear.

    One last point – one that irritates me to no end – why is it whenever they do a howl, tree knock or they claim to hear something, the producers feel the need to obliterate the audio by employing the ‘whoosh’ and ‘thump’ and ‘bang’ sound effects. Cliff says “Listen” and the music or some stupid sound effect comes flying through. Just silly. This was a fairly pointless episode and even I am considering not watching anymore for the so-called “entertainment value”.

  2. DWA responds:

    I have never been able, ever, to so accurately form an opinion about a show without ever watching it.

    Which I never intend to do.

    Finding Ratings Such As They Are And That’s About All would be a better name for the show.

    How much time do they even spend talking about all the hands that go up in those town halls? Other than the tiny minority they actually interview?

  3. esugrad97 responds:

    You would think a normal person would investigate where sightings took place, not in an area miles away from the sighting location. The image in the video footage was pretty clearly wearing shorts, and I don’t think a bigfoot would need to wear shorts. The show where they were in OKC was pretty entertaining, as well. If they really want to find bigfoot in Oklahoma, go down and search in the Arbuckle Mountains. I just can’t picture bigfoot being around an area as populous as OKC.

  4. MR JOSHUA responds:

    The show has become boring/predictable. Look at an obscure video in the car, meet with the videographer, do a quick search around area, hit up the town hall, and wrap up show with fruitless night investigation. I may be dating myself but does anyone remember “Kolchak the Nightstalker”? Carl Kolchak would have the most amazing encounters with the unknown but something would always happen to the evidence where he could not prove it. Sounds a lot like this show and the BFRO.

  5. Goodfoot responds:

    So you’re saying NOTHING DIFFERENT HAPPENED? C’MON, man! That show is a regular wheelhorse of variety. Or something like that.

  6. Desertdweller responds:

    Kolshak the Night Stalker would actually find what he was looking for, evidence or not. Actually, it was usually it that found him.

    I too was very much struck by Moneymaker’s advice. It was the exact opposite of the tactics employed by the team.

    They need to send one of their team out for a week or so before their big investigations to camp in the target area quietly. No whoops, bangs, and certainly no fire crackers.

    I would like to see the town hall segments expanded, with more time devoted to eyewitness accounts.

  7. MR JOSHUA responds:

    @Goodfoot – The classic moment was when the alleged bigfoot in the video took a can of soda out of the cooler and then came back for cookies and shut the cooler cover. MoneyMaker said “that is something bigfoots do (close containers) to mask the evidence they were there.”

    Now I wonder if they put toilet seats down too ??

  8. dconstrukt responds:

    omg… i nearly spit out my drink when i was watching this episode….

    the video in the camp…. “oh its a juvinille bigfoot”

    ROFLMFAO!!!! ARE YOU F’N KIDDING ME?

    I’m sorry… they’re looking for this thing, anything they can say might be a bigfoot they do, always. Contrast this with the say ghost hunter show, who DEBUNK everything first, then are left with real evidence. (something these finding bigfoot ppl dont do)

    looked like a normal *human being* to me…

    love the idea of the show, but as a viewer, these guys lose every shred of credibility they have each episode.

  9. Ploughboy responds:

    Word: Crouching in an ambush blind sells no soap.

  10. Goodfoot responds:

    MR JOSHUA: If I were a “Squatchy” around that bunch, I’d never lift the lid in the first place! He’s probably peeved there was no beer in there. These guys don’t strike me as the kind of [adjective] that don’t bring beer into the woods. Or guns. Somewhere, there’s a peeved bear with porcupine quills in his nethers that’s having a REALLY bad day. The show will finally get interesting when the bear and FBers finally come together….

  11. Goodfoot responds:

    Who certifies “expert Bigfoot field callers”? Is there an agency of some sort?

  12. Alamo responds:

    Mr Joshua,

    C’mon now… that’s stretching belief a little… not unless Mrs Squatch reminds him a hundred times 1st

  13. corrick responds:

    mcw2112 responds:
    “I’ve always wondered why they don’t get serious, hire a professional animal tracker…”
    …Do you really think anyone involved with this show wants this gravy train to end?

    dconstrukt responds:
    “Contrast this with the say ghost hunter show, who DEBUNK everything first, then are left with real evidence.”

    …Mix drinks or salads, but never, ever mix the paranormal or the supernatural with science. Because when you leave the rules governing the natural world, then anything and everything is possible without even a shred of real world scientific proof.

  14. dconstrukt responds:

    @ corrick.. if you read what i said, i said the way they collect and show evidence… they try and disprove it first… i’m not here to talk about whether or not that stuff is real or not… i’m just talking about how they do the evidence thing…

    that, to me, is the right perspective to come from…. not like the finding bigfoot folks, who think almost everyhing is a bigfoot yet have no proof to support their claims.

    I think long term this show will do more good, hopefully spurring other shows, maybe taking different angles and perspectives on this story and hopefully they find stuff too.

    its a fascinating topic…. just reading the stuff on this site takes me back to being a kid….

  15. CDC responds:

    I went back and looked at some old threads on Finding Bigfoot…the good ole’ days of the 40, 50, 70, post threads where the back and forth debate was weekly entertainment.

    Back on June 30, 2011 where Matt Moneymarker lectured us on ratings…yes, Matt Moneymaker used to come on this site and gave as good as he got. The debates we had here and other places were intense at times.

    Now however, I feel that Finding Bigfoot has settled all the arguments for everyone. There is less energy to debate ths show as the show has become non-debatable…the show has defined itself.

    Matt isn’t here anymore, maybe he didn’t like the abuse, maybe he is counting his money, or maybe he is out “Finding Bigfoot”, whatever…fewer people care anymore.

    The Melba Ketchum train is the best train to ride if anyone wants to get to “Bigfootville”…but no one is sure if that train may have left the station.

    As far as Finding Bigfoot the show, well, the comments and posts from 18 months ago are pretty much the same as today…so after 18 months we all know whats being served at that dinner table every Sunday night.

    Matt Moneymaker, if you are out there, congratulations on your success, your popularity, and all your show’s fans. In my opinion you have done nothing, shown nothing, and proved nothing, yet you are still around…but again, that’s only my opinion.

    The hope I have now is that Melba Ketchum’s paper proves something, or Surviorman has his own Bigfoot show, or better yet evidence for a Bigfoot is actually produced from one of the hundreds of witnessess Matt meets every season. Anything to get the show Finding Bigfoot off the air.

    Energy for being angry at this show is waning…it’s like beating a dead horse…the one that Matt got on a thermal camera.

  16. woodknocker responds:

    I have to agree with some of the other comments… this episode was the worst one yet.

    I couldn’t help but laugh at the video that clearly showed a young woman or even a young man with long hair. That merited several minutes of serious discussion? Really?

    This show has become too formulaic. Open with car ride and alleged bigfoot video, discuss video, interview person who got the video, night investigation #1, hear noise, say “What was that?”, cue dramatic music, commercial, noise was nothing, town hall meeting, pick three witnesses to follow up on, night investigation #2, commercial with trivia question, find nothing, end episode. Rinse, lather, repeat next week.

    I would like the show to continue. I enjoy seeing the beautiful places they go to search for bigfoot. And Matt, Cliff, Ranae and Bobo are very colorful characters. But there needs to be less hype and more substance (e.g., interview more than three eyewitnesses when the night investigation flops, and mention briefly at the end of the show that the night investigation didn’t turn up anything. The eyewitness testimony is the most compelling part of the show, in my opinion).

    If changes aren’t made, I think viewers will tire of this show soon. That would be a shame, because I think it still has potential.

  17. Goodfoot responds:

    Desertdweller: I remember most of all Darren McGavin’s Kolchak in the Seattle Underground, solving a mystery. Anyone else recall that? Of course, Darren got a nice cameo on the X-Files, many moons later….

    I dug Darren McGavin like CRAZY, man, as a teenager!

  18. dconstrukt responds:

    CDC…. LOVE IT. you are SO right!



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