[S3E6] Fishing For The Truth
River Monsters is a British and American wildlife documentary television programme produced for Animal Planet by Icon Films of Bristol, United Kingdom. It is hosted by extreme angler and biologist Jeremy Wade, who travels around the globe in search of the most fearsome freshwater and saltwater killers, looking for clues, eyewitnesses, and stories about people who were dragged underwater by these vicious predators. He tries to catch the biggest specimens and then release them back into the wild. His aim is to help people understand the truth behind the animals' attacks on humans to save these rare creatures from extinction.
[S3E6] Fishing for the Truth
After hearing reports of fishermen disappearing in the Zambezi River in Zambia, Jeremy Wade journeys there to uncover the truth behind their deaths. He hears tales of a man getting pulled in and drowning in the rapids after hooking into a monster fish. The natives believe it to be the work of a large, serpentine fish the size of a man. They also tell Wade of a snakelike river spirit called Nyaminyami, who is angry at the Kariba Dam for blocking its river. Believing Nyaminyami to be inspired from the killer fish, he travels to Lake Kariba to find the beast. After nearly being capsized in a storm, Jeremy hears reports of small toddlers and children being eaten by the fish, known locally as "Mazunda," as well as a fisherman being dragged to the depths beneath the dam. Interviewing a witness of the "Mazunda," Wade learns of the vundu catfish, southern Africa's largest fish. Travelling all over the Zambezi, Jeremy gains access to the prohibited waters directly beneath the dam, where he finally hooks into a monster.
Jeremy Wade's journey into extreme fishing started in India, where he caught large mahseer, and where he later caught a massive goonch that had been killing bathers. Now, he returns following reports of a new predator, capable of taking pets and small children. Looking around, he uncovers its identity: the sareng catfish, a streamlined predator with long jaws and sharp teeth. He also finds a problem: the sareng is sacred in India's Hindu religion and harming it is believed to curse you with bad luck. Almost immediately he encounters problems when the lake where he is fishing is closed and tries his luck in the wilderness of Corbett National Park, sharing the territory with man-eating tigers and wild elephants. The monsoon comes early and the fish are not biting, forcing him to leave the river. To escape what appears to be the wrath of the gods, he travels to Thailand to a lake inhabited by sareng, as well as countless other introduced river monsters. Despite not being a Hindu country, Thailand offers no protection from the gods as Jeremy seemingly catches every fish, especially red-tailed catfish, in the lake but the sareng. Deciding to face his demons instead of running from them, he returns to India to take part in a Hindu blessing, to appease the gods and convince them he means the fish no harm. Returning to the river, Jeremy finds he might have finally met his match.
Wade learns of a series of attacks on swimmers in Lake Champlain and sets off to uncover the truth. After discovering countless fish in the lake bearing the signs of this ancient predator, he learns from a victim that the attacker is the sea lamprey. Unable to catch the fish using a rod and line, Wade offers himself as bait to test the lampreys' abilities and then travels to the Pacific Northwest to catch lamprey by hand with a native tribe.
Most batshit crazy outfit:Lorelai's fishing outfit is baffling, but expected. The moment fishing was mentioned, I knew we would eventually see her sporting waders and a vest. Lorelai is like every theater kid I pretended to like in high school. She's so fucking extra and I guess some people think it's cute, but I find it obnoxious. There is no way she has room in her house for her ridiculous collection of ugly hats.
Most irritating Rory or Lorelai moment:I hate that Lorelai pretends to love "the great outdoors" even though she doesn't know dick about camping or fishing. What I like most about Lorelai is her unabashed commitment to living her truth and saying whatever the fuck she wants, even if it offends someone. She might be an asshole, but she's usually an authentic asshole and I find it admirable.
Number of times Rory or Lorelai treat their bff like shit:Sookie is the one who lets Lorelai down this time by giving her shitty advice. This exchange about the Alex Lesman fishing lie makes me rage:
Lorelai's main storyline this episode is mildly rage-inducing. During her first date with Alex (coffee tasting) she insinuates that she loves spending time outside and agrees to go fishing with him on Saturday. Instead of admitting that she's never actually been fishing but is willing to give it a try, Lorelai panics and after some horrible advice from Sookie, attempts to teach herself how to fish using a stack of textbooks at the diner (Rory's idea). Luke sees her, takes pity, and offers to show her some basic techniques.
While Lorelai deals with her fishing problems, Rory finally spends some quality time with Lane and suffers the repercussions of her fallout with Paris at Chilton. Lane's cousin, James, is getting married at the Kim house on Saturday, so she and Rory run some errands in preparation. Typically, Rory is the only non-Korean at Lane's family events, but Mrs. Kim has invited Dave to play at this weekend's ceremony. Lane hopes that this is a sign of her mom's acceptance and that with a little arm-twisting, she can be convinced to allow Dave to take her to prom. Good luck with that, Lane! Everyone knows Mrs. Kim never wavers on religion or ethnicity.
Following the meeting, Jon speaks with Arya, Sansa and Bran in the Godswood. Sansa and Arya express their distrust of Daenerys and Jon tells Bran to reveal the truth about his birth to their sisters after making them swear to keep it a secret.
Dexter and Miguel are fishing and drinking beer on Dexter's boat. Miguel outright asks Dexter how it felt to kill Ethan Turner. Unable to avoid answering, Dexter replies, "It felt right. Felt like justice." Miguel nods and says they are like-minded and together they can make a difference.
Dexter and Miguel meet at the courthouse and Miguel details the plan for Galt, which involves helping Galt escape from the courthouse through a side door. While grumbling about justice, Miguel spots Maria and complains about her friendly relationship with defense attorneys. Ellen tells Maria that she has more than enough to get the conviction Chicky Hines set aside. When Maria still defends Miguel, Ellen says to let her know if she ever wants to hear the truth about Miguel.
Balon reveals that he plans to attack the North while it is poorly defended. Balon gives Yara a fleet of thirty ships to take Deepwood Motte and insults Theon by giving him a lesser mission to raid fishing villages on the Stony Shore, with only a single ship. Theon considers informing Robb of the plot but decides that his loyalty lies with his family. Having decided to betray House Stark he is baptized in the name of the Drowned God as Balon and Yara watch. He takes command of the Sea Bitch but finds his crew unruly. His first mate Dagmer tells him that he must prove himself to the men and that ironborn do not follow orders. Theon senses the opportunity to attack Torrhen's Square to lure the Stark garrison away from Winterfell.
Upon riding into Moat Cailin, Reek finds it in a state of death and decay, littered with corpses and the few remaining men ravaged by disease and exhaustion. He introduces himself as Prince Theon and truthfully informs the ironborn that he has been a prisoner of House Bolton and has been sent to Moat Cailin as their envoy. He reads the terms that House Bolton has laid out for the ironborn, promising them safe passage home if they peacefully surrender Moat Cailin.
As Brienne talks with Sansa, Theon overhears that she crossed paths with Arya, Sansa's sister, while gathering wood to help Podrick start a fire. Theon is wary of the fire, since it may alert Ramsay or his men. Sansa and Brienne decide to head to Castle Black to get to Jon, who will protect them from Ramsay, and though Sansa promises to tell Jon the truth about Bran and Rickon, Theon believes that Jon will still kill him for betraying Robb, executing Rodrik Cassel, and slaughtering Jack and Billy. Theon claims he does not want to be forgiven, even by joining the Night's Watch, and instead decides to return home, knowing that Sansa will be safer with Brienne and Podrick. Before his departure though, Sansa embraces Theon in gratitude for helping her escape Ramsay.
During the first novel A Game of Thrones, Theon announces that "Lord Eddard is a second father to me," but that statement is far from the truth. His true feelings toward Eddard Stark are revealed in his first POV chapter in the second novel, A Clash of Kings: he muses that Eddard had tried to play the father from time to time, but to Theon, Eddard had always remained the man who'd brought blood and fire to Pyke and taken him from his home. As a boy, Theon had lived in fear of Eddard's stern face and great dark sword. In A Dance with Dragons, Theon recalls that as a boy, he once hoped that he would be betrothed to Sansa so Ned could claim him as a legal son, but that was just a child's fancy.
Theon's initial raid at Stony Shore is the start of the overall ironborn invasion. The outcome is luridly described: bodies have been looted and mutilated. Of the fishing village, nothing remained but cold ashes that stank when it rained. The men had been put to the sword, all but a handful that Theon had allowed to flee to bring the word to Torrhen's Square. Their wives and daughters had been claimed for salt wives, those who were young enough and fair. The crones and the ugly ones were raped and killed. If they had useful skills and did not seem likely to cause trouble, they were taken to be thralls. After this "victory", Theon proceeds to capture Winterfell. 041b061a72