river monsters is a ridiculous show. guy hears about giant fish, goes out after giant fish, can't find giant fish, soliloquies about giant fish, goes out again and catches giant fish.
i also really considered deducting a star because i saw this episode and right after the clip cuts out, the guide there asks if he can have the fish because it would feed his village for a month. but joseph conrad and ernest hemingway's whipping boy there says no, its too majestic and must be set free. fuck your village.
Realize, this is the same village that strings together bottlecaps from soda bottles into belts and bracelets and shit, puts them on their children to "ward off evil spirits," and hasn't made the connection yet that this monstrously toothed thing ATTACKS shiny items.
They also thing that these fish are resurrected sorcerers. Or demons. Or other such things.
While I thought it was kinda silly that he went and did the whole "Town Witch Doctor" thing, it's really doubtful that the only thing the fish was wanted for was food. After the food mention, the guide points out that the town Witch Doctor expected the fish to be caught and brought to him.
Yes, they're poor and probably hungry. Yes, they're superstitious and likely relatively isolated. But let's not get all uppity about the fisherman's morality just yet. Considering how the fish shifted from sacred spiritual creature and resurrected magician to FOOD all of a sudden leaves open a very real possibility that the Witch Doctor - or SOMEONE - saw a VERY real opportunity for this guy to basically hand him a tremendous totem of political power in the minds of the superstitious townspeople. As such, the most base, powerful, and simple appeal would be that this SPIRITUALLY IMPORTANT RIVER RESURRECTION THAT CASTS CURSES would really make an awesome lunch for the town.
The asylum needs to make a movie about this.
Later, the fish swam away but was killed by the propeller of a small dinghy piloted by Arthur Dent.
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