Mountain Monsters Season 5 officially wrapped up on Saturday night as the long-time Twitter feud with rival show Finding Bigfoot continued.
The finale episode of Mountain Monsters Season 5 left off with another cliffhanger, leaving fans to wonder if there will be a Season 6. Destination America renewed Mountain Monsters for a fifth season in September of 2016, even though the “reality TV” show usually has less than one million viewers per episode.
Finding Bigfoot, another long-running reality TV series on Animal Planet, previously challenged how real Mountain Monsters is via Twitter. Mountain Monsters has continued to defend itself against criticism from Finding Bigfoot, also via Twitter, for more than two years. But, more recently, Mountain Monsters took to Twitter to continue the feud with Finding Bigfoot.
On May 29, just five days before the Mountain Monsters Season 5 finale episode aired on Destination America, the official AIMS (Appalachian Investigators of Mysterious Sightings) team Brasil Twitter account reignited the feud that had been dormant for nearly two months. The tweet told Twitter users who were “interested” in watching a show that doesn’t find anything to watch Finding Bigfoot.
This recent tweet by the AIMS team was supposed to be a response to the tweet from Finding Bigfoot from March 27 that called Mountain Monsters a “hoax” and a “fake show,” while also tweeting out the release date for Mountain Monsters Season 5.
Although a delayed response, the tweet from the AIMS team nine days ago officially continued the on-again and off-again Twitter feud between Mountain Monsters and Finding Bigfoot that started back in April of 2015 after Matt Moneymaker from Finding Bigfoot tweeted that Mountain Monsters is a “scripted fictional show.”
Of course, Trapper John from Mountain Monsters tweeted back to Matt Moneymaker, saying that he’s not an actor and that he feels like Finding Bigfoot should be called “Losing Bigfoot.”
“I’m not an actor. Sometimes I feel your show should be called Losing Bigfoot. Keep up the good work bud.”
Mountain Monsters has regularly incorporated the search for Bigfoot into their long-running series on Destination America and even had an entire season devoted to finding the “large, hairy, bipedal humanoid” from American folklore that’s said to be roaming forests, reportedly more so in the Pacific Northwest.
Finding evidence of Bigfoot is the premise of Finding Bigfoot, a “top earner” for Animal Planet since the show premiered in May of 2011. Matt Moneymaker, the founder of the Bigfoot Field Researchers Organization in 1995, leads a team of researchers and skeptics as they search for Bigfoot and find evidence of the creature’s existence.
Neither show has actually ever found Bigfoot or even hard evidence of Bigfoot’s existence, but both shows have built up their own loyal fanbase over the years. While Finding Bigfoot only looks for Bigfoot, the goal of Mountain Monsters is to prove the existence of several mysterious creatures, including Bigfoot.
Mountain Monsters premiered on Destination America in June of 2013 as a documentary-style television series. A documentary is supposed to be nonfiction, but Mountain Monsters has received criticism over the years for appearing to be scripted, which was much more noticeable during Season 5.
Season 5 of Mountain Monsters followed an ongoing storyline that was obviously scripted, as noted by fans and loyal viewers of the show for the previous four seasons. Fans said that Mountain Monsters Season 5 was the shortest season ever, with only eight episodes, and that Mountain Monsters “has fallen way off course” from the first two seasons where Trapper John and the rest of the AIMS team searched for creatures.
A rogue rival team was introduced into Mountain Monsters on Season 4, a storyline that was again picked up for Season 5. The Inquisitr reported in April that Mountain Monsters was returning to Destination America for Season 5 as they square off against the “sinister rogue team.” During Season 4 of Mountain Monsters, hunting mysterious creatures allegedly became difficult due to the rogue team following them and interfering in their investigations–an obvious storyline that fans quickly picked up on.
One fan commented on the official Mountain Monsters Facebook page that, if Mountain Monsters comes back for a Season 6, the dark forest and rogue team storyline “needs to stop.”
“Just get back to chasing fake monsters and building traps that don’t catch anything.”
Other fans disagree, saying that Mountain Monsters needs to finish the storyline that’s been started. Season 5 did leave some cliffhangers with the season finale episode on Saturday night. Broadway World shared before Season 5 premiered on April 8 that “personal relationships and group dynamics” among the AIMS team members will change in Season 5.
Fans were disappointed with Season 5 of Mountain Monsters and the fighting that occurred between the AIMS team members, but fans also want to know the identity of the rogue rival team and how the small skull managed to get up Jeff’s nose.
Critical Blast recapped Saturday night’s finale episode of Mountain Monsters, adding that Season 5 did not wrap up the mystery and left viewers with a cliffhanger. The recap goes on to say that there will have to be another season of Mountain Monsters to “continue our sojourn in the Dark Forest.”
Destination America hasn’t announced yet whether Mountain Monsters will be renewed for a sixth season, but Destination America said in a press release in September of 2016 that Season 4 of Mountain Monsters ranked as “Destination America’s #1 telecast ever,” even though each episode had less than one million U.S. viewers.
Viewership for Season 5 of Mountain Monsters has not yet been released, but fans on TV Series Finale say they “need to know the rest of the story behind the blood skull and the woman of the woods,” which is the Season 5 cliffhanger.
The debate continues as to whether Mountain Monsters is “real, embellished, or fake,” a debate that’s ongoing on a thread on the Steve Hoffman Music Forums. Finding Bigfoot continues to question on Twitter why Mountain Monsters is called a documentary TV series. Cliff Barackman from Finding Bigfoot answered one Twitter user’s question back in January asking if the Finding Bigfoot team would ever team up with the Mountain Monsters team.
Trapper John took to his personal Twitter account on Saturday night to tell fans “thank y’all for making this season a success.”
“The gang and me will keep getting in trouble – hope they keep pointing cameras at us.”
Animal Planet also has not yet renewed Finding Bigfoot for a new season. The last season, Season 11, of Finding Bigfoot premiered on Animal Planet on Sunday, January 8, at 9 p.m. ET and ran for nine episodes.
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