For any fan of #DeadliestCatch tonight’s episode was super special! After years of waiting and working his way up through the ranks on the Northwestern (and one unmentionable season on the “Kiska Sea“) Jake is taking his turn at the helm of the “Saga” for troubled co-star/captain Elliot Neese. Timing couldn’t have been worse for Jake as wife Jenna gave birth to son Aiden the day before he needed to be in Alaska to begin fishing season. Not a perfect new parent situation!
But Anderson is no greenhorn when it comes to adversity. Jake has experienced his fair-share of trials, and he’s worked hard to overcome them. Since his sister’s sudden death and his father’s murder, Jake has matured — and aged — dramatically. He battled alcoholism and a 2-year addiction to opiates-later writing a book on his experience. That’s the beauty of Jake Anderson, he’s a fighter. You want him to succeed.
The best part of tonight’s episode was seeing the pride on Sig Hansen’s face as he kicked Jake out of his wheelhouse on the Northwestern for the last time. Hansen has been a mentor and father-figure for Jake, teaching him everything he knows about running a crab boat from the bottom up. Moments like this set Deadliest Catch apart from other basic reality television shows. It is steeped in tradition and continuity. Sig Hansen now has dual legacies with his own “Northwestern” crew and with Jake Anderson aboard the “Saga.” That story is worth investing your time in. Good luck Jake!