REVIEW: Swamp People S3E7 is a race against time and nature
Swamp People just keeps getting bigger and more dangerous.
In season three episode seven, ‘Something Wicked This Way Comes’, the alligator hunters face their biggest challenge yet: an oncoming storm.
Storms mean that alligators will seek refuge at the bottom of the swamp, making them difficult to catch, as well as creating seriously unsafe conditions for alligator hunters. However, there is a ray of light for the hunters. In the hours preceding the storm, alligators are likely to prepare for nature’s invasion by feasting like kings. It’s this terrible trade-off that forms the crux of the episode, as the hunters race against time and nature to secure as many captures as they can before the danger hits.
The stakes are taken to the maximum in ‘Something Wicked This Way Comes’. The hunters face harsh winds exceeding 50 miles an hour, choppy water conditions and devastatingly powerful rain. At worst, the storm could end their season. We also learn of terrible past storms, which led to flooding and evacuation of some parts of the state. Seeing the hunters grapple with the conditions and their work serves to make their predicament all the more real.
The episode also examines the ultimate power of nature and its ability to completely devastate a community. Throughout the course of a day on the swamp, we watch the clouds turn dark, visibility become limited and – finally – lightning strikes. It’s impossible to stop watching, especially as the episode builds to an almighty struggle to bring in an alligator in the midst of the early storm, battling in raincoats against wind and rain.
‘Something Wicked This Way Comes’ presents the best of Swamp People as a series: it highlights the life-or-death risks being taken and showcases the determination of the alligator hunting community, creating some incredibly tense and immersive television.