If you ask the people involved, it is simple, it is money! If you are willing to risk your life, and sometimes limbs, you can try crab fishing in the Bering Sea. In a single week you can earn more than you would make at your local 7/11 in a year. But the high paycheck comes with a high price. A potential price tag that not even your Platinum Credit Card cannot handle, and that is death. Episode one starts tonight.

Why people sign up for stints on crab boats is beyond me. At least the Discovery cameramen have a regular paycheck, and a Life Insurance policy.

What interested me though, was who are the fans of this show? With over 3 million viewers each week, just who are the fans? I decided to find out….. A fan who goes under the name Llama, (not sure why she needed the anonymity, but what do I know) agreed to answer a few questions.

Where do you live? Dutch Harbor?

No, it is much more boring. I live in a small town in Oklahoma. No crab, rogue waves or large boats here. I am a 37 year old stay at home mother of 4 kids ages 16, 12, 10 and 7. They keep me busy but when I am not with them I am involved in pet rescue.

Tonight is season four of Deadliest Catch, when did you start watching the show?

I started watching before season 3. I caught a marathon and I was hooked. I had heard of the show before but expected it to be a dry, boring show made to make me feel guilty about my crab legs. My husband considers it an unhealthy obsession.

Deadliest Catch is the biggest catch on basic cable, something like 3 million viewers tune in each week, yet it is in reality just a show about work. I put up a couple of ‘teaser’ articles about the show, and I was floored by the reactions of the fans. You all seem to take it pretty seriously. It is without doubt a dangerous job, is it the danger that offers the attraction?

The danger is definitely part of why I watch but the people are the best part. The guys are fascinating have such a deep respect for each other but aren’t afraid to speak up when they don’t agree. And usually do it loudly and colorfully. But don’t mess with the skipper. The show is about real people who were doing this long before the cameras started rolling. We are lucky to get a chance to see what we always took for granted. I had no idea what went into bringing me my crab legs and will never see one again without thinking about them.

The Skippers are very individualistic, and very different in their styles and attitudes. Do you have a favorite, and why?

I am a proud “Hansenette”. They have been my favorites since the first moment. I enjoy the Time Bandit and Cornelia Marie too but the Hansen’s have my heart. They are great men with generous hearts.

I understand that you are a mother, what would you tell your kids if they told you they were heading for Dutch Harbor?

I would tell them to make sure they are on a boat that takes safety seriously. You have to trust your Captain with your life. After that it is all in Gods hands. Go out and catch a bunch but don’t forget to bring some home for Mom.

What are you expecting in season 4?

Every season you get more and more attached to the crews. I expect to laugh even harder than last year but will shed more tears when something bad happens and it always does. I look forward to getting to know the new crews but will be missing the ones who are gone from last year.

I am rushing this to press, the first episode of Season four is happening in 30 mins! Great show, great camera work, and great people!

Simon Barrett


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