Tuesday, July 13, 2010

So Long Captain Phil

A reminder to all fans of Discovery Channel's Deadliest Catch to turn in tonight at 9pm to say farewell to the late, great Captain Phil Harris. For six seasons, Captain Phil has bravely piloted his snow crab fishing boat the Cornelia Maria through the cruel and frigid waters of the Bering Sea. It's a tough, unforgiving job, and the Captain succumbed to a stroke after only 53 years on this planet (33 of them spent in the Crab Fishing business). He has passed his legacy and skills down to his sons Jake and Josh, and now they will be around to continue the 7th season of this highest rated Discovery Channel program ever.

In reality TV, a lost character can't be re-cast. No one would even dare try with Captain Phil. He was a true American original, and you could do far worse on a Tuesday night than to tune in to Discovery to say farewell.


Lisa said...

I've never watched the show, though I've always heard great things about it. I seem to have a really low tolerance for reality programming, but TDC is clearly one of the best!

Jane said...

I was actually very saddened and conflicted by this episode. It seemed a terrible invasion of privacy to show Captain Phil in the hospital bed begging for ice chips when for 6 years all we'd seen of him was high seas heroics. The end days of a macho guy are nearly unwatchable. Would rather remember people in all their glory. I too have a low tolerance for reality TV, but Deadliest Catch is probably the best of the bunch. Very gritty. You can practically smell the snow crabs.