“Come Monday…” is a weekly series that will involve a review of, or commentary about, websites, movies, documentaries, television shows, sports, music, and whatever else may tickle my fancy at the time. Be assured that these reviews will be generally positive, as in accordance to the Jimmy Buffett song “Come Monday.” This is subject to change, however. In fact, I would be most derelict in my duties to neglect going on a rant every once in a while. For rants promote change, and change can be good—right? Therefore, since good is generally considered as being a positive force in 99.3% of the parallel universes that I am aware of, even a rant could be considered as being something positive, and a genuine hissy-fit would be even better (so I’m told).
The first thing I would like to say is that [Big Rig Bounty Hunters] is not another [Ice Road Truckers], which is saying a lot. For one too many camera angles making it look like certain parts of the [Dalton] were practically straight up and down, which would be impossible for a very heavily-loaded big truck to regularly traverse under its own power in the best of conditions—let alone with well over a foot of hard-packed snow and ice covering a dirt road, made me have to refrain from watching anymore episodes for a season or two. Whereas, it only took one episode of Big Rig Bounty Hunters to make it quite clear to me that the producers of the show have abandoned all pretense of actual reality for the entertainment of those who have no idea just how fake the show really is.
Alas, when I first heard about the show, I was very intrigued. For truckloads of goods really do get hijacked on a fairly regular basis across the land, and I thought that the show might be about some of the efforts that are actually made to find and recover the stolen loot.
No, it is not. In fact, only one of the situations presented in the first episode was even plausible. For it involved tracking down a stolen truck and container trailer with a load of laptop computers around the New Jersey seaport area across the bay from New York city, but the two they had doing the tracking made [Laurel and Hardy] seem like two of the finest detectives to ever get on a case.
Two of the other situations in the first episode involved the recovery of supposedly abandoned big rigs by hired teams, with both of them being laughable. For the undisputed locations of the unattended rigs were less than 50 miles from the company terminal they were out of, and the recovery of them and their cargos would be something that the terminal manager would have had either one of their local drivers or mechanics do—not pay a premium for an independent contractor.
The fourth situation arguably took the cake. For it involved a couple of guys out of Houston, Texas scrambling to get a pick-up truck with a loaded cattle trailer off of some train tracks before a freight train ground the cattle into the wrong type of hamburger.
No, I do not feel compelled to point out just what was so fake about that Texas railroad crossing situation. For if you did not get that a gentle push by the good ol’ boys pick-up was all that was needed to avoid mixing the ground chuck in with the ground round, Big Rig Bounty Hunters just might be your kind of show or at least something to keep you entertained on a slow Thursday night around 9 p.m. Central.
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