Well, I tuned in last night for two more episodes of Dig Fellas, and while I’d love to say I changed my mind about the show, I have not. The show is plagued with bad scripts and poor acting, neither of which can be blamed on Bill Ladd or Howard Hewitt. They are merely pawns for the producers, and obviously saddled with what to say and how to act. That much is obvious….
The pretext or theme for this series is dumb. It has the two detectorists looking for stuff that Zorro or Billy the Kidd lost, and almost always whatever they find “probably” belonged to them. At least the viewer is left with that impression. Yes, I appreciate that they do turn up junk items as well, and while it’s done for the viewing audience, stop please with the “instant” ID and history of the item right after it’s dug. It implies that both Mr. Ladd and Mr. Hewitt are all knowing about all things.
Both dig fellas are always shown joined at the hip, no more than 20 feet apart, probably because they only have one camerman, but that is just a guess on my part. They were also constantly swinging their coils haphazardly. Then again scanning correctly, looking at the camera, and trying to remember your lines is surely not an easy task. I was also amazed at how Bill Ladd “chopped” at the targets with his entrenching tool (took me back to my foxhole digging days in the Army). Was he not worried about damaging whatever he was about to uncover?
When you are only working with about 20 minutes of actual film you cannot overly script a show like this, and in my opinion that’s what is hurting Dig Fellas. A little more detecting, a little less talking and just maybe a realistic plot would help. Stop with the Blackbeard, Zorro, Billy the Kid and Donald Duck BS. Do a little Civil War relic hunting, prospecting or water hunting (Coin beach in Delaware, Florida’s East coast). No lack of history in any of these.
Okay, I will stop with the criticism, and again state that I am not trying to belittle the participants in this series. While I don’t know them personally, I have heard nothing but great things about Bill Ladd and Howard Hewitt from people who do. They are avid, dedicated detectorists and I envy their enthusiasm in promoting the pastime. I just wish they were not saddled with poor story lines and scripts. Then again, who cares what the hell I have to say. My wife reminds me of that 24/7.
THE BRITS KNOW HOW TO DO IT!
If you are a Facebook player be sure to check out Regton’s most recent post. Regton, Ltd. is the place to shop for your treasure hunting needs in the UK, and if you need expert advice, stop in and tell owner, Nigel Ingram I sent you. Then maybe I will get that $20 he owes me.
The photos in the FB post are from the recent Weekend Wanderer’s Rally, and I urge you to check them out. The detecting rallies in the UK have a totally different feel to them, and if only we could replicate them here. Maybe some day….
IS DIVA MAKING A MOVE ON WALLY?
Not sure what to make of all this, but apparently the Detecting Diva likes her men feisty, and is turned on by Warsaw Wally. Who would have guessed? I will leave it for you to figure out, but I sure hope Allyson doesn’t get too caught up in all this. Messing with the woeful Warsaw provocateur is nasty business. Then again, who knows? Metal detecting makes strange bedfellows. Be sure to read her two most recent posts HERE.