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Well, we weren’t going to watch Swamp People anymore because there got to be too many people we didn’t enjoy watching or listening to. Then we heard that this was the last season and also that a few of the people we didn’t like were not invited back on this year.

So… you guessed it. We are watching the final season of Swamp People and even though we’re starting late, we’ll be caught up before long.

The first episode was entitled “High Water Hell” because the water in the swamp was a lot higher than normal at the beginning of the season. This was bad because the big gators had a lot more space to roam around in looking for things to eat.

Anyway, not much happening in this show besides more theatrics. Ron got a new puppy and this threw Bruce into a tizzy because he was still feeling bad about losing Tyler. The natives were annoying as usual with their mumbo-jumbo “praying” and superstition. They decided to go into Troy’s territory and catch the large gators Troy couldn’t because they had an airboat. They caught 40 gators in one day and think they stole the title of “King of the Swamp” away from Troy, but no, they didn’t. They did, however, win the “Most Annoying and Nauseating Swampers of The Year” award.

Liz & company were kicked off the show, thank goodness. David & Jeromy were not invited back as well.

Not sure why some of us felt compelled to watch the show. Once upon a time we liked it, but after all, it’s pretty boring after 6 seasons 🙂

That’s right! Swamp People season 6 began last night with “Bounty on the Bayou”. I’m not even going to put a link to the articles we’ve written about it, because we have so many. Just search, “Swamp People,” on our home page, and you will be bombarded. Anyway, Swamp People has been a show that we’ve watched for a long time, and that we do enjoy. It’s about people in Louisiana who hunt alligators, basically. Over the years, they’ve added people to their cast as well as little things to the show that we don’t like, but in general, we still enjoy watching it. So today, we watched the Season 6 Premier!

Season 6 begins with the narrator announcing that a local alligator buyer put a $10,000 bounty on the biggest gator caught in the 1st 21 days of the season. So everybody was trying to catch big alligators from the beginning. I’m wondering if History Channel came up with that or if the buyer actually did that of his own accord. In any case, there is a reward for the hunter who can catch the biggest alligator.

All of the old hunters are still there, such as Bruce, Junior, and Troy. Last year, Troy was talking about quitting, but I guess he changed his mind. Junior is hunting with his wife, and Troy is hunting with his nephew, Holden. People were already entering gators to win the prize, and so far Junior has the biggest one. R.J. and Jay Paul brought a 10′ 5″ gator in, Troy came in with one that was 10′ 10″, and Junior had an 11′ 6.5″ alligator.

The cool thing about Troy’s gator is that Holden fought with it and Troy shot it. It was the 1st gator Holden pulled up and kept up until it was killed. It was a pretty amazing alligator to be one’s first. Junior went all out to get his. He did a great job; he also looks like he lost a lot of weight.

Anyway, so Junior is in the lead so far, but the contest isn’t over yet!

Swamp People airs on Mondays on History Channel at 9/8 central, if you have any interest in watching. Last year they always had the episodes locked which was a bummer. This year it isn’t locked, but you have to wait for a lot of annoying commercials during the show.

UPDATE: They are locking the episodes again much to our dismay. If we find a good source to watch for free, we’ll let you know!

We just watched another episode of Swamp People called “Outer Limits”. In this episode, Liz and her daughter had a contest with Glenn and Justin (Liz’s husband) to see who could catch the biggest gator. Liz and Jessica caught a 10′ 8″ gator and Glenn and Justin caught a 9′ 7″ gator, making Liz and Jessica the winners.

In case you missed it, Glenn and Justin started helping Liz and Jessica because they were struggling. A couple of episodes ago they weren’t catching alligators, their engine broke, and Liz had yet another emotional breakdown. In short, their alligator season was falling apart. They had to recruit Glenn and Justin to try and help them fill their tags. With the help of the two men, Liz and Jessica got back on track somewhat and announced that “Women rule the bayou, baby,” and “Women can do anything men can do!” Liz was so proud of Jessica that she remarked, “That’s what I call a real woman!”

We are almost 100% nauseated by these two females – no wait – we are 100% nauseated by these two females. To point out the obvious: if women ruled the bayou, baby, why did they have to call on two men to help them? If women can do anything men can do, why were they having an emotional breakdown on every show and finding themselves helpless and crying on the show before Liz went to her husband to ask him to drop his shrimping business to help her gator hunting? It was sickening to see how happy they were with themselves, obviously not noticing the fact that without Glenn and Justin, they would probably be boo-hooing in their boat again in between cussing each other out and then hugging and making up.

Oh yeah, women rule the bayou, baby.  “I’m scared, Mom.”

by Dink and John

History channel is becoming more and more miserly about which shows you can watch for free off of their website. One of our favorite shows, Swamp People, used to be completely free, but now they make you pay for them. Either that, or you must have a TV provider, which we don’t have. In any case, the show is not free anymore, so lots of times we look for something else to watch, since we don’t have cable TV. One of the shows we watched was called Outback Hunters. This show is about Australians hunting crocodiles in the Outback. However, there are other things they do, like one person who helps to round up cattle – with a helicopter.

To be honest, we thought that the show was a major rip-off of Swamp People. The announcer even uses the same terms, like, “Three hundred pounds of pure muscle.” Speaking of the announcer, we think History tries way too hard to make it epic. The outback hunters catch crocodiles in order to make a living. What’s epic about that? It’s certainly interesting, but there is no need to add excitement to the show. Even though there were some similarities between Swamp People and Outback Hunters, there were also some differences.

First and probably foremost, the hunters do not use guns to catch the crocodiles. Instead, they use harpoons to drag the crocodiles to the boat’s edge, secure its jaws with what looks like duct tape, and then pull it into the boat alive. Secondly, the hunters hunt crocodiles, not alligators. Finally, the show takes place in Australia, not in Louisiana. Anyway,  I actually like Australian accents, so that part is enjoyable, and on a scale from one to ten, I would rate it a 7, and Dink would rate it a 5.

by John and Dink

Today we watched episode 11 of the fifth season of Swamp People, entitled, “Hexed.” It was called this because Rodger Rivers went to a pond called Devil’s Ditch. This pond is thought to be cursed, and at the beginning of the episode, Rodger was talking about how he didn’t believe in curses, but by the end of the show, he was saying he thought Devil’s Ditch really was cursed.  It was also called this because Junior and his new partner Dougie experienced a strange fish kill that prevented gators from biting their lines. Fish kills usually happen in the wake of a bad storm on the swamp when nitrogen levels are raised in the water. However, the weather had been nice for a while, so the fish were not dying because of a storm. Therefore, the reason for the fish kill was unknown. Also in this episode, Liz and Jessica were on having another emotional breakdown. Their boat broke because they ran into something at a high speed and that damaged their lower unit. Terral was also on, trying to get a raccoon out of his chimney.

We find it funny and annoying how stupid Roger Rivers is. Well, maybe he’s just a little too . . . eager to get the alligator on the end of the line. They only caught two gators in the whole day, but they were very interesting catches. For the first one, Rivers was in the water and eventually had to stab the gator with his knife. For the second one, he jumped in the water and had to quickly shoot him while his partner poked the alligator in the mouth with his pole. Roger Rivers says he isn’t scared of anything and that he could look the devil in the eyes and not be afraid. What an idiot.

Junior and Dougie had a good day, catching sixteen alligators. As for Liz and her daughter, well, it was the same old story. They were just hunting, then something went wrong, and their hunting day turned into a big drama. If they aren’t cussing and getting angry with each other, they are breaking down into tears and it’s real annoying to have to watch. Terral’s situation was pretty funny. A raccoon got into his house and had gotten all the way to the top of his chimney but wasn’t able to get out because a screen was in the way. Terral had to climb up onto the roof and remove the screen in order to get the raccoon out.

This show was pretty good, but we wish they would just show the old people and not make the show so dramatic. We wish they would just show people alligator hunting – like they used to. We don’t need drama on a show where all people do is shoot alligators, in our opinion.

From previous episodes, Jacob got a hook in his thigh and had to go to the hospital to get it out. They cut the hook so they could get it out of his leg. Then they squirted probably some kind of antibiotic through the hole. They showed everything and it was pretty interesting. Troy went hunting with his younger brother, Guy. Holden really looks like his father. Troy said he might be retiring after this season because he was getting too old. Big Foot got a hernia and Junior hurt his back. Last but not least, Bruce brought Tyler back onto the boat with him and had a pretty good day.

Swamp People is one of maybe 3 shows that we watch and we wish History Channel would stop locking the episodes.