Captain Keith Colburn of the Wizard by Todd Stanley/Discovery Channel
The Season 4 premiere of Discovery Channel's
may have sought to reel in viewers by creating the illusion that the fishing boat
was being flooded in real time, but reality suggests otherwise. Yes, the boat was assaulted by waves last October. And yes, the boat was flooded... a week prior. According to a production outline obtained by the
, extra footage may have been shot to pastiche the two events into one - especially when you factor in that there are exterior shots (shot by a second craft) of
being "flooded," though the boat was in fact alone at the time of the actual incident. (
Watch video of the sequence here
The doc cited by the trade specifically says, "Combine
leak story on Sept. 26 with
being hit by a big wave on Oct. 1 and Oct. 2. The fiction we are constructing is that the big wave hit
on their steam up to
, caused a leak in
's stateroom. In reality these were two separate events."
Er, someone needs a lesson in tracks-covering 101.
Execs at Discovery - where
is considered a documentary - dismiss the outline as a never-approved "early draft," and deny that reenactment footage is used by the series. That said, they acknowledge that film footage from separate days was combined to produce the harrowing sequence. -