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Treasure Quest: Snake Island
A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Treasure Quest: Snake Island is a reality series about treasure hunters who engage in a potentially life-threatening search for gold. There's some rough language ("damn," bleeped cursing), as well as constant fears of being bitten by snakes, attacked by pirates, and (heaven forbid) not finding anything of value. Occasional cigar smoking and alcohol drinking are visible. Teens should be able to handle it, but younger or more sensitive viewers may be frightened by some of the things shown here and the high-tension tone.
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What's the story?
TREASURE QUEST: SNAKE ISLAND features an elite group of treasure hunters searching for lost Incan gold in one of the world’s most dangerous places. Cork Graham leads the team, which includes snake expert Bryan Fry, anthropologist and diver Meghan Heaney-Greir, and chief mechanic Jeremy Whalen, to Snake Island, a small, uninhabitable isle off the coast of Brazil (that happens to be home to the highest density of snakes in the world). After pumping the locals for information, they sail to the island to look for sunken vessels or other evidence of potential treasure. When they're not trying to outrun venomous serpents, gun-wielding pirates, or deadly storms, the crew searches for the legendary cache of Incan gold known as the Treasure of the Trinity. They only have two months before the bad weather rolls in, and there's lots of time, energy, and money invested in the venture. But if they're successful, the rewards are priceless.
Is it any good?
The series highlights how modern-day treasure hunting, which is a competitive business, requires sleuthing, strategizing, and a willingness to take a lot of risks to be successful. It also underscores some of the real dangers hunters face as they search, including getting injured, arrested, and even killed.
Much of the show's drama comes from the many frustrating (and sometimes frightening) moments experienced by the search team. But the stories it offers about the history of the gold, local myths and legends, and, of course, the myriad snakes that surround them, also are interesting. Folks who have a sense of adventure certainly will find it appealing, but snake phobes should beware.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about treasure hunting. How has this gone from folklore to big business? What compels people go treasure hunting, even if the chances of them succeeding are very slim? What kinds of things do you need to know to become a treasure hunter?
Families also can talk about reality television. Do you think everything on this show is real? Why, or why not?