Breaking History: Bigfoot Captured aired on the History channel sparking a lot of controversy in and around the Bigfoot community.
The show received mixed reviews and if nothing else was successful at sparking a somewhat heated debate as to its overall impact. The two-hour special featured respected Bigfoot researcher Dr. Jeff Meldrum, who seems to have himself received some fairly harsh criticism for being a part of the show. Dr. Meldrum made a statement to offer some insight into his part in the show and his opinion as to the programs approach to a “what if” scenario. Here is the statement released by Dr. Meldrum.
To head off the flood of emails and phone calls, let me reiterate that as a guest interviewee, I had nothing to do with the overall plot or creative content of this production. I do my best assess the intentions of a production company when I am approached, an encourage them to build upon credible information, but occasionally their enthusiasm is feigned and assurances are worthless. Its always a bit of a crap shoot in this business. Do you try to put the best effort forward and at least make a meaningful contribution in some way, or do you refuse to appear and have the entire production be without merit.
I haven’t seen the program (I don’t have cable) so I can’t comment on particulars. From the teaser I got an inkling that there was some dramatic liberty taken creating a what-if scenario. I have no knowledge of a “capture” — no indication of samples being tested, etc. Even in the drone sequence I am told they gave the impression we had a hit on a biped that we investigated looking for sign. A biped yes — one of the production assistants. It was an exercise to demonstrate what the drone could and could not do. A useful exercise by my account.
Anyway — take what you can from it, and have a chuckle over the remainder.
-Don Jeffrey Meldrum
As always, it’s important to remember when watching one of these mockumentary style programs that it is in fact a parody based on fictional events. It presents a “what if” scenario and even if it’s presented in a somewhat misleading format it in the end is fictional and was advertised as such. As Dr Meldrum mentions as a viewer it should be looked at as entertainment and you can take the majority of it with a huge grain of salt. Here are a couple videos which offer a quick look into the show Bigfoot Captured.