Last night I decided to sit myself down and watch a the baseball playoff game (Cardinals vs. Pirates). I was not overly excited simply because I had no dog in the hunt. I am a die hard Yankee fan going back to the late 40’s. Anyway, after sitting down I realized it was also the same time for the “Dig Fellas” show on the Travel Channel, and decided to see what was going on with Bill and HOWward.
If you read my take on this show (see September 5th & 12th) all I can say is “ditto” again. This series is so predictable it’s annoying. One interesting thing happened however last night… Bill Ladd starts off the show with his new piece of equipment, and opens this generic brown box. Guess what was in it? Hmmm, yep, the new Garrett ATX “mine sweeper”. Apparently Garrett has the inside track on all the TV shows now, and I have to give them credit for the superb marketing job.
I decided to watch the show, and in 30 minutes I was given a brief synopsis of where the pair was heading, the history of the site, the various layouts, the actual hunting (all five minutes of it), the over done, heavy drama (leading only to the commercial) and the surprise, surprise “expert evaluation” of the finds along with estimated values. That folks is “Dig Fellas” and all the other tekkie shows on TV.
Please let me say again… I do not dislike Bill Ladd or Howard Hewitt. Quite the contrary. The are both expert detectorists and their pedigree precedes them. They are very knowledgeable about the pastime and their reputations are impeccable. I just wish there were some way for their talents to shine more, and that apparently will never happen until the producers start listening to those who do this day in and day out.
Stop trying to cram hours of information into 30 minutes. Share more about the site in question, not only the history, but the research that leads up to the hunt itself. Next maybe tell something about “metal detectors”. You know those things that are really the reason for the show (or are they?)
Next, please, no more orgasms over every item dug up….it’s just bad acting and annoying as hell. Stop too with the “instant identification” of what is found. Last night they pulled out what looked like a small, mucky, beat up cylindrical piece with glass on one end, and it was immediately labeled a spyglass and surely used in the Civil War battle site they were hunting. Why not show the items that are found at the end of the show, AFTER they are cleaned, THEN tell a little more about what the hell they are and please, no exaggerated values!
Do the producers of these show ever ask for input from the manufacturers or from the cast? My guess is that they spend most of their time trying to find some “historical” or “quirky” site to feature and then a colorful appraiser to give over inflated prices at the end. Anything in-between is secondary. I know I sound like sour grapes and if so, go ahead and shoot me down. I really, really WANT to like these shows, trust me. It’s just hard.
WALLY FESSES UP
Well, after a little prodding, or should I say direct questioning about his credentials, Warsaw Wally finally changed his bio…it now reads:
“Bearded cat lover living and working in Warsaw Poland. Since the early 1990s a primary interest has been research on artefact hunting and collecting and the market in portable antiquities in the international context and their effect on the archaeological record”.
Well, now we at least know he does love “something” although I now worry about any felines who live with him… Let me also suggest another change Wally. Why not be totally honest and add this:
NOTE TO MANUFACTURERS….
I am still waiting for that detector with one knob and a screen that offers “yep” and “nope”