After viewing the latest episode of “Mountain Monsters”, titled “The Black Wolf”, the only question worth asking is if Jeff is sabotaging the AIMS team or just tired of the nonsense. You can’t blame him for being suspicious of the others, particularly Buck, who he knows is keeping information from him. The hunt for the Woman of the Woods has changed to a hunt for the Black Wolf.
Is there such a thing? The AIMS team found a man, just sitting in the dark who identified that crazy howling as coming from the creature. He explained the Shawnee folklore surrounding the Black Wolf. If he’s correct, then Jeff could be in danger of dying. The spirit of a shaman returns in the form of the Black Wolf to escort a Shawnee to the next life. Jeff is Shawnee, we were told, and Buck is convinced that it’s there, right now for Jeff.
Under the guise of protecting Jeff, Buck began to whisper to Huck about his fear with Jeff looking on. That got him ticked off, but the worst moment for Jeff was the next day. Trapper decided to join the boys to get an update and Jeff was told to leave the group discussion “for his own good”. He didn’t take it that way and with Wild Bill as his babysitter, as Jeff called him, he was walked off. Trapper heard the tale of the Shawnee and seemed like he was as convinced as Buck and the others.
Yet, when it suited Buck’s purposes, he dragged Jeff back into the forest to see if he recognized the large symbol created with tree trunks and leaves in the shape of a 12-foot high “X”. It had a dead rabbit hung in the center when the guys saw it the previous night. When they saw it with Jeff, the rabbit was gone, but another dead animal was hanging from a rope nearby. Jeff told Buck that it was in the center of a medicine circle. He asked if anyone had breached the circle, Buck raised his hand and Jeff said he should expect consequences.
That ticked off Buck, and when Jeff’s phone went off after he denied having it on him he and Buck got into it. They began finger-pointing, then shoving each other around. Both are tired of the other’s attitude, and now Buck believes Jeff lied about his phone. Jeff, of course, said he didn’t recall telling the guys he was without his phone, accusing them of manufacturing things about him, to keep making him look and feel bad.
Can we agree the guy is acting strange? Then there are those nasty nosebleeds, that seem to come as he gets agitated and ornery. That doesn’t account for what came next, however. The guys waited until nightfall and decided to check on Jeff at his home. He left with two other men and drove right to the Dark Forest.
He set a trip wire, presumably to keep the team out of the area, which did not go down well with the AIMS team members. They feared he was sabotaging the mission. He and the others went directly to the medicine circle and the men burned it all down, seemingly untroubled by the fact that it might spread since, you know, it’s a freakin’ forest.
That turned into a cloak and dagger operation with Buck giving all the orders about how to track Jeff from that point on. Next thing we knew, Buck jumped in to the back of Jeff’s pickup truck, hid under a tarp in the flatbed and asked the others via the radio, to follow him in their vehicle.
The team tracked Jeff to a location where he was, and they surprised him. They were the ones shocked, however, since there he was standing with Trapper.
So let’s recap:
Jeff’s odd behavior in the Black Forest, the nosebleeds and the fainting spells are one thing. His lie (Buck’s word) about the phone, setting the trip wire, then burning the wooden symbol and the dead animal adds further intrigue and concern. But, huddling with Trapper at night without talking to the team about it? Are they together in this?
Buck’s become the defacto leader with Trapper still recovering from his terrible ordeal, and Jeff shunted aside. He’s giving new orders whenever he thinks something needs investigation, and of course, he was the one that floated the theory that Jeff was the target of the Black Wolf’s latest visit. Then there was the Jack Bauer-like stuff of jumping into Jeff’s truck to follow him.
There was little discussion about why the heck they’re in the Dark Forest in the first place. The Woman of the Woods is no longer their mission. Now it’s the Black Wolf and whoever is leaving the dead animals hanging. Jeff’s become a suspect rather than a friend and brother-in-arms.
Thoughts? Let us know if you are confused about how there could be surveillance in the Dark Forest with the light from TV cameras?
Also, should there be a drinking game for the show? Take a drink each time you hear, “We have to find out what he’s up to”, or “We have to figure this out”, or each time Wild Bill screams as his usual way of speaking? If he were typing it would be ALL CAPS ALL THE TIME.
“Mountain Monsters” airs Saturdays on Destination America, beginning at 10 p.m. ET/PT Image credit: Discovery Communications, used with permission