Real Review: Six Seasons of Dangerous Waters


Years ago I was warned that having kids meant catching every cold, virus and ailment swirling around their classroom; and true to the warning the biggest gift I got over my daughter’s Christmas break from 2nd grade was the flu. With the heater cranked up to 75 degrees, and bundling up in flannel pajamas and a warm hoodie, I plopped down in front of the TV with a piping hot bowl of chicken-flavored ramen (it was the only thing that sounded appealing at the time) and cruised what was streaming.

On Amazon Prime I discovered the first six seasons of the (ill)famed PWC-centered adventure show, “Dangerous Waters.” Starting back in 2012, show host and concept creator, Steven Moll – joined by a long-time friend and watercraft novice Pat McGregor, and a ever-rotating support staff – sought to circumnavigate the globe aboard jet skis. Having failed to watch a single episode thus far, I thought I’d “give it a go” and see what all the fuss was about.

Companies such as Kawasaki, Otterbox and SBT, Inc. had played a major role in supporting the show’s run that has since wrapped an abbreviated final seventh season, which is expected to air shortly on MavTV before slipping into syndication on the aforementioned digital streaming service. The show was filmed mainly through the use of GoPros and the occasional DLSR, with the rare high resolution camera handled by professional cameramen, giving it an authentic, “reality” feel.

Here, I’ll break down each season, going off of several notes taken during my marathon session while curled up on the couch over several days’ time. I ran a pretty high temperature during a large portion of this, so take what you will for being the results of a debilitating fever or honest opinion. Oh yeah, and this is a SPOILER WARNING, so yeah, you’ve been warned.

Season 1 – Everything That Can Go Wrong Will
Host Steven Moll introduces himself as a “adventurist” from Folsom, CA. Originating from Southern California, Moll first met lifelong-yet-estranged buddy Patrick McGregor at a high school soccer camp before reuniting in college and then going their separate ways for years. After a one-time experience riding Sea-Doos in the San Francisco Bay, and a second journey up Chatham Strait and around the island chain edging British Columbia, Moll decided he was prepared to ride from Seattle, WA to the Bering Strait, separating Alaska from continental Russia.

Moll and McGregor were joined by Alaskans Charles Davis (who serves as team mechanic), Wesley Davis, and Andrew Mazzella (who is tasked as the expedition’s cameraman). The journey to the Bering Strait was plagued with failure: Moll’s almost non-existent navigational abilities persistently landed the team in shallow water, chewing up props, peeling off all gel coating and layers of fiberglass from the skis, etc. These massive errors sideline the team on wilderness shorelines or in remote fishing villages where food and supplies are scarce.

Ski preparation is almost nil: mismatched gas cans are held down by ratchet straps, navigation is by a single handheld Garmin and Moll’s cell phone, and the team ventures without spare replacement parts. Mazzella – the only team member with useful seafaring experience as an Alaskan crab fisherman – could be a resource to teach Moll how to read the water, but is so impetuous and brash, that his advice is little more than scolding, which is unacceptable to a brutally headstrong Moll. McGregor is positive and upbeat most of the time, but is so clumsy he borders on becoming a liability.

The season ends in dismal failure halfway through the Bering Sea as one ski is abandoned only days after a replacement Sea-Doo was sunk somewhere north of the Aleutian Islands (after the team punctured the rear battery access panels with an aluminum fuel rack). Strong editing helped mask a lot of the in-fighting, personality conflicts and outright misery that flashbacks during later seasons would reveal.

Season 2 – Worst Laid Plans of Mice and Moll
Robbed of his goal to reach Russian soil, Moll and team returned to the westernmost edge of Alaska to attempt crossing the Strait once again. With slightly more preparedness, the team was properly equipped to make the crossing, and do so successfully, reaching continental Asia. There, they are immediately detained by the Russian military and spend several episodes panicking that the rest of their days will be spent in a Stalin-era gulag (ain’t socialism grand?)After some political drama the team is sent back to Alaska packing, left to attempt the Northwest Passage instead of Moll’s previous less-than-half-cocked idea.

Venturing deeper into unknown space, the craft continue to be brutalized every time the team throttle their craft up a frozen, rocky shore, wearing down layer upon layer of precious fiberglass. Add to it additional beaching on sandbars, and the skis and Mazzella are at their breaking point. Moll, already sick from exposure and the cameraman’s constant bickering, decides to send Mazzella home. The expedition continues northward and eastbound, towards the last village in the United States, Kaktovik, Alaska, before entering into Canada.

Charles Davis proves invaluable during this season, as well as the heart of the expedition. His experience growing up in Alaska has taught him how to hunt, cook, camp and handle each and every situation with a levelheadedness rare in men these days. The show also begins to air Davis’ morning benedictions, something which clearly tested well with audiences as it became more and more regular throughout subsequent seasons. The team’s poor riding abilities has Davis perpetually working on the Sea-Doos, even having to reprogram a DESS key/lanyard when one is lost.

Most of the first two seasons is plagued by low funding, requiring the crew to even sell of one of its Sea-Doos to pay for the gas necessary to finish the leg of the expedition. While MavTV is supporting the expedition, it’s obvious that nobody is getting rich off of this. Hindsight could place some blame on Moll’s slapdash planning for a second route. Some of the show’s most dramatic imagery came from this season.

Season 3 – Yeah, Sure. Why Not? It’s Not Like We Could Die
This time, Kawasaki stepped in as a title sponsor, equipping the crew with a quartet of naturally-aspirated Ultra LX JetSkis. Smartly, Charles Davis has fabricated aluminum racks to hold six 6-gallon Tuff Jugs jerry cans, as well as racks for Pelican cases and – amazingly enough – the producers also sprang the extra cost for a fuel boat and crew. Manned by Jake Hammer and Casey Mays, the craft is so hunkered down with fuel it nearly sinks on two separate occasions requiring just as much service and care as the skis.

Speaking of which, Moll tears the hull of his JetSki completely open. Yeah, Charles continually patches it up again and again, but Moll keeps running the damned thing up every beach he can like a crazed Spanish conquistador. A professional cameraman joins the team and provides the show with some of its best footage from the back of the JetSkis and the fuel boat. The team journeys deep into the Arctic Circle and Moll’s complete and total navigational ineptitude nearly gets the team killed – and I legitimately mean that. The Canadian Coast Guard had to airlift the poor guys to safety.

Despite the absolute unwavering warnings given by a lifelong local fishing captain to turn back, Moll pushes his crew northward into an arctic squall that pins the team against a small atoll, icing them in. Huddled together on the support vessel, covered in snow and ice, the team has to convince Moll to issue the mayday. Help comes an agonizing day later. Amazingly, the Canadian Coast Guard concede to let the crew retrieve their equipment and even their skis before evacuating the area. Moll is scolded into humility by the captain like a child. It was great TV.

Season 3 proved to be probably the show’s high point. The footage of the landscape was phenomenal, the scenery was both bleak and beautiful, and the drama was actually on point and not solely personality-based. There were some legitimate stakes in this season, and like the seasons before it, the expedition fell short in spectacular fashion. In fact, their failure is almost a forgone conclusion; it’s now just witnessing the slow decent into madness that makes the show so appealing. Oh, and for whatever reason, nobody can figure out how to keep an auxiliary fuel pump or bilge working.

Season 4 – Remind Me Again What We’re Doing
Defeated by the thickening Arctic Circle (global warming! I mean cooling!), Moll inexplicably drives all the way from California to Maine to personally ship the four new JetSkis to Iceland. In another inexplicable move, Moll has jettisoned Charles Davis from the team, and replaced him with a human marshmallow Scott Somethingorother, who not only personally costs the expedition its one shot at crossing from Iceland to the Faroe Islands, but systematically drives the whole team down into a depression before finally packing up and going home, satisfied that being such a momentous drag has permanently wounded the show. (I suspect.)

With only one day of riding beneath their belts, the skis are boxed up again and shipped to Denmark. The rest of the riding is nearly catatonic; smooth water, plenty of places to stop for fuel, monotonous scenery broken up by the occasional bunker or cliff gun (remnant from Nazi-occupied WWII – yay, socialism!) before entering into Amsterdam and into Germany. Freed from last year’s support craft, Jake and Casey are welcomed additions to the team and earn their keep; although Casey does venture off to join some fraulines for a late night drink, which causes an episode’s worth of panic.

In fact, Casey’s single 3-hour infraction was later referenced as the causality for Moll’s dismissing of him from the team in a later season. The rest of the season is a 5-episode No Wake zone with some nice scenery and consistent bureaucratic haranguing by different EU nations – including a new law outlawing all PWC from the Rhine in Austria. A new new route is taken (by truck) into Croatia, which is just a political nightmare. Somehow nobody stops to think that jet skiing through former Soviet Eastern Block nations might prove to be problematic.

McGregor and Jake are easily the two most likeable people, and only because Casey is the cameraman, and mainly off-screen. Jake is immensely pleasant, effervescent and curious, soaking in local culture, food and people with aplomb. Moll is determined to reach Turkey, ’cause y’know, that’s where terrorists are, but the team remains stuck in Athens, Greece, which of course, is gorgeous and full of history, and that pisses Moll off to no end. It’s apparent that looking at the countries they’re traveling through drives him into fits of impatience.

Season 5 – Say Timmy, Y’ever Been In a Turkish Prison?
The fact that this season was aired on MavTV is all the evidence I need that cable television is a dying medium, and live streaming services like Netflix, Hulu and Amazon are the future. Season 5 of “Dangerous Waters” is a nightmare of monotony, and could easily be deemed as a hate letter to the country of India. Bypassing every inch of the Middle East, the team ships its skis to Mumbai, India, after journeying back to Kos, Greece to find out where the hell their stuff has been for the last year. Then, they wait for a whole month in India waiting for it to show up.

Either Moll suffered a stroke or some knucklehead at Kawasaki’s marketing department got it into the team’s collective skull that more than one JetSki should be pronounced in the singular, like moose and deer. So now, in addition to 5 episodes of Indian bureaucratic bullcrap, I have to listen to Moll drone, “We want to ride our four JetSki across the planet.” Dude, it’s JetSkis. Jet. Skeeez. Were I ever to be detained and tortured at Guantanamo Bay, I fully expect this season of “Dangerous Waters” to be played on a continual loop while I am strapped to a chair “Clockwork Orange” style.

The government of India apparently realizes that the crew is showing the world the fetid squalor that billions of people live in, and promptly kicks them out of the country. No really, they get kicked out. It’s actually pretty funny. So off they go (again by container ship) to Thailand. Jake and team go see the sights (as they did in India) while Moll dances with the Department of Immigration. Remembering that they’re a TV show about jet skiing, the decide to get back on the water before a monsoon chases them off the water. Without fuel or any idea where they are, a rescue is staged to save the team yet again.

By this time, the team has been reduced to Moll, McGregor, Jake and Casey. The later two quickly realize that Moll is chasing a fever dream like Quixote’s windmills. Even McGregor realizes that Moll is out of sorts. It’s a little entertaining to watch the whole thing collapse in on somebody so full of hubris. As a note, with Charles’ dismissal, Moll took it upon himself to hold the morning benedictions, which are always videoed and feel uncomfortably staged, as if prompted by MavTV’s marketing department. I’m not questioning anyone’s faith, but there’s an unsettling tone that just feels disingenuous and ultimately, inappropriate.

Season 6 – Please Lord, Let This End Already
The first episode of Season 6 let me know just who Steven Moll was: The first half of the episode was spent berating Jake Hammer, Casey Mays and pretty much everybody else who had ridden with the “Dangerous Waters” crew – that is, besides Patrick McGregor, who very clearly, is the only person to not outright challenge Moll’s ability to run this expedition. Anyone else who dared voice a protest was ousted in quick fashion. It was truly the most petty, distasteful thing I have ever seen…well, since this article.

Casey’s late-night tryst in Season 4 was enough to be tried for sedition; Jake’s constant adventuring to dive from a 30-foot cliff face, or stop to observe native monkeys at a remote shoreline was simply too detracting from the game at hand, and thusly needed to go. It was shocking, particularly as I had been binging this show over the week, and all of the efforts Jake and Casey had made to keep this s**tshow afloat were still very fresh in my mind. Hell, by this time, I’d rather watch a show with those two guys on a pair of JetSki(s).

Now with a completely new, untested crew consisting of yet another PWC novice, Australian Brett Carroll (serving as cameraman) and mechanic Karlin Nichols and “logistics manager” Troy Larson, the team left from Singapore with a support boat captained by a very clearly alcoholic Australian. Almost immediately, the crew gives up in moderately rough water, and chose to tow the skis overnight, as they enjoy the comforts of their support vessel. And true to “Dangerous Waters” fashion, one of the JetSkis sinks to the ocean’s floor.

A couple short episodes later, a second ski is broken, repaired, and sunk again, because of the ineptitude of its unproven mechanic. Karlin is sent home, and cameraman Brett is sent off to the islands ahead of the team to help prepare for their arrival. In the interim, Troy stupidly loses all of his vital paperwork and medication, ensuring that he’s a big ol’ liability, and needs to be sent home as well. Now, a team once consisting of four JetSkis, five crew members and a support craft, is now two Kawasakis and three dudes, led by a guy with an iPhone with the Google Maps app.

Season 7 – Jane! Get Me Off This Crazy Thing!
The final season of “Dangerous Waters” is soon to air on MavTV. The series ended with the team in the Philippines, venturing upwards into the South China Sea, some of the roughest, most unforgiving water in the world. It’s also chocked full of Muslim pirates who’d love to kill some Americans. The plan is to venture north to Japan, and back into Russian waters before returning across the Bering Strait and eventually return to Seattle, WA. For the sake of closure, I’m certain I’ll watch it once it is added to Amazon’s catalog of content, but not before that. The polish has faded and the veneer has begun to crack on a show that I wasn’t sold on to begin with.

“Dangerous Waters” has become a bit of a parody, and Moll himself has become the embodiment of The Dark Knights‘ caution: “You either die a hero, or you live long enough to see yourself become the villain.” And it’s worth noting that as the show has progressed, the focus has been purposely aimed towards Moll himself and therefore, the recipient of all praise, and target of all critiques. Much of the travel thus far, has been by container ship (much, not most), also detracting from the purity of Moll’s message. It’s also taken several years to complete, instead of say, one year after studious planning, sourcing the necessary funding and support, and a whole metric ton of other logistics.

Right now, as the show nears airing, Moll has leveraged his newfound fame into “Dangerous Waters Adventure Tours,” an all-inclusive guided PWC tour letting fans of the show recreate the first season’s journey up the Pacific Coast of British Columbia and into Alaska, nearing some glacial floes and spotting unusual wildlife. Hopefully, the venture is successful. For me, I’m certain I’ll watch the final episodes of Moll’s never-say-die adventure, but almost entirely out of morbid curiosity than anything. Whether this elongated review has deterred you or not, is entirely up to do – but if you so choose, it’s available on Amazon’s streaming service today.

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Kevin Shaw

Editor-in-Chief – kevin.shaw@shawgroupmedia.com Kevin Shaw is a decade-long powersports and automotive journalist whose love for things that go too fast has led him to launching The Watercraft Journal. Almost always found with stained hands and dirt under his fingernails, Kevin has an eye for the technical while keeping a eye out for beautiful photography and a great story.

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    • Kevin Shaw 8 January, 2018 at 17:50 Reply

      As a fan of “so bad it’s good” movies, I’d almost recommend it if you’re up for the challenge. I do suggest making a drinking game out of it though: for every bent prop, you take a shot. For every hull-destroying full throttle beaching, down a beer. I also suggest having a paramedic nearby.

  1. Carl 8 January, 2018 at 17:29 Reply

    This is brilliant. Not seen the show and I now understand why some people were jumping on the seadoo bashing wagon. “Seadoo are so unreliable, watch the show everyone ”
    So this what all the fuss is about, a few inexperienced idiots riding skis badly most of the time and then they break or sink because of the abuse they receive. Can’t wait for the next person to say “Seadoo are so unreliable, have you seen Dangerous waters” Idiots !!!!

    • Kevin Shaw 8 January, 2018 at 17:52 Reply

      I just got a very irked PM from Steven Moll himself who screamed that he “had accomplished something great.” He and his show did in fact accomplish their goal, and that is worthy of acknowledgement. But the manner and method that it was accomplished is what I have questioned here.

      • Johny B 12 January, 2018 at 13:51 Reply

        He doesn’t seem like the type to accept ANY sort of criticism-constructive or otherwise…. If he can’t handle what people write about him on the interwebz, he’s in the wrong business.

  2. Preston 8 January, 2018 at 20:15 Reply

    I would like to see all of you people try to do what he does, instead of just sitting on your couch eating. Why would you go out of your way to watch all of the seasons???? To me it makes no sense. Kevin Shaw said “clearly no ones making millions off this” if you knew him you would know that he isn’t in it for the money, he is in it to teach his kids to follow their dreams. If you don’t like the show don’t watch it, but there are people out there who really enjoy the show and are inspired by it. Are you on the show? Do you know everything that happened? No i don’t think so. I’m sorry that there are better jet skis that seadoo .It must be your “high temperature” that caused you to be so disrespectful.

    • Kevin Shaw 8 January, 2018 at 22:35 Reply

      Respect is something earned, not freely given. Yes, respect for the accomplishment of circumnavigating the globe is well deserved and for that I give it to Steven. Yet, the disrespect and disregard shown his crew was an outlier for me. But ultimately, this was a show. A show paid for and produced for entertainment purposes. And the review – albeit overtly tongue-in-cheek – was done with that sole purpose in mind.

      • Carl D. 14 January, 2018 at 10:10 Reply

        Kevin Shaw, you are awesome!
        I’m going through season 2.
        You are dead on about the show.

        Regarding Steve M. to be a good leader he doesn’t listen to his men. Charles, Wes, Patrick, and Andrew really made the show cool to watch. Charles should start a show called exotic adventures and explore islands and local foods or camping. It was cringeworthy when Steve yells at Andrew and Patrick.

        I like how they (tv show) ask the others what they liked, they (Andrew and Charles) said they wish they could stay longer to look at those rock cliffs. It’s seems they were always rushing and not really exploring.

        Kevin, I love your articles and I hope you create a show one day.
        Best of wishes to your staff who make PWC news great and honest.

  3. Annette 8 January, 2018 at 23:49 Reply

    I’m sorry that you felt the need to spend so much of your time watching my husbands show. Since you felt it was so awful and when you clearly don’t know half of what went on. You do not have any idea of the things he kept from the public eye to protect the other riders. You obviously have no idea that Charles is a very dear friend of our family and has never been let go. He is actually working on another project with my husband (the supposed awful leader). If he is so bad why do these guys keep working with him. And as far as the rating doing better with the prayers and Steven not praying to your expectations…. Shame on you for judging! I see in your profile you are a Christian, even before a husband and a Dad. You have a platform to be a good example of what a Christian is , but with the lies you are telling I feel like maybe YOU need to pray a little. You really should get your facts straight before printing such things.

    • CaptainPete 12 January, 2018 at 19:42 Reply

      Sorry, I also felt the prayer meetings were a little disingenuous considering the expected deity to be praying to for as far as these trip goes was Poseidon

      Supporting your husband’s dream is the sign of superior wife and no doubt Steven’s a handful even when at home.

      Being in the trade and a bit of an adventurer myself I found the show entertaining, but perhaps not in a way that would please you all the time

    • Carl D. 16 January, 2018 at 00:26 Reply

      Annette,
      I recently heard about the shows on Amazon and was excited to see it. I think reading this article and not seeing all the episodes may have spoiled it for me a little, but I am quite surprised with season 2 (so far so good).

      After, seeing seasons 2 episodes 1-9, I have so much respect for Steve and the crew. I can see how much different the team had grown compared to season 1. I know nothing about filming, but i’m sure there were difficult things to say and do behind the scenes. Almost impossible to capture everything.

      Yes Steve M. Definitely has my respect, I think it is easy to forget who has done lots of the logistics and communications with folks in the town, companies and sponsors. Trying to keep everyone from fighting or losing their minds on the expeditions. All of them including people who leave episodes are legends in their own right. A big kudos to everyone involved including their wives, that these brave men crossed huge body of waters on a PwC, breaking records and being able film it while we get to sit in our warm homes watching the impossible unfold.

      I look forward to the show. Although, the show is 7-8 years ago, my thoughts and prayers go out to the teams and their families. Keep inspiring and really promoting PWCs and showing God’s handiwork along the way.

    • Kim Zajicek 17 April, 2018 at 09:43 Reply

      I have totally enjoyed watching all of the seasons of the show so far! In fact, my husband and I made a pact that neither one of us would watch the episodes without the other. We are anxiously waiting for Season 7 to air. This show has inspired us to want to explore Alaska and many other places in our world. I am thankful for all of the sacrifices all of the crew members and Steven made in order to produce this show! Thank you to all of their families for letting them be away for a few months each season!

  4. joseph 9 January, 2018 at 01:31 Reply

    I would be embarrassed if i was you Kevin. To criticize something that has never been done before and for him to follow his dream, embarrassing for you.

    • Kevin Shaw 9 January, 2018 at 16:26 Reply

      Hey Joe, thanks for the comment. Unfortunately, you’re reading comprehension needs a little brushing up; at no point did I detract from Steven’s goal to circumnavigate the globe. In fact, the accomplishment is worth acknowledgement. What I commented on was the manner it was executed and the “entertainment value” of the show itself. Because after all, it was a TV show.

  5. Amy S 9 January, 2018 at 06:57 Reply

    I like everyone else, watched these seasons in disbelief. I’ve been riding pwc’s for almost 30 years. My husband and I have taken, multi-day rides where planning is key to success both on rivers and off the coast. If someone had asked me to ride around the globe on a pwc, I would of laughed. I still would. At some point I wondered if this was all a publicity stunt. How could these guys make some of the dumbest decisions? I admire their determination but at what point do you scratch your head and stop to think after every single person, at every single stop thinks they’re “crazy”? Not researching laws for pwc’s in Europe was nuts. I have been thru locks myself. They’re time consuming and when Steven said, they saw a “6” with a circle around it in Germany but didn’t know what it was, I was telling myself, I bet that’s a speed limit. If I could figure that out, why couldn’t they? Ignorance of boating laws is no excuse. I know. I’ve been pulled over and given tickets in states and areas I was not familiar with. If anything, it was entertaining but the continuous re-hashing of their goal(s) after every break on every season, over and over, got annoying. Yes, I know you want to get here, you need to get that fixed, you need to get moving, you need fuel, you have no idea where you’re staying, or getting supplies. Think I’ll pass on seasons 5 on up.

  6. Preston Moll 9 January, 2018 at 20:01 Reply

    Amy, they have problems in the countries when they don’t speak english and there is a miss communication. It does not happen 24/7. I would know, i am his son, and no one knows how hard it truely is. Would you like to be on the show, and do those things? because i promise you it would be extremely difficult for you.

  7. Amy S 10 January, 2018 at 08:01 Reply

    Preston, I’ve been to plenty of countries where english is not spoken. I never criticized the team for not speaking another language. My point was, preparation is key and in my opinion, each trip doesn’t appear (and yes, I don’t know what went on behind the scenes) it was. If I’m producing a show for entertainment, especially a reality show, I would be certain to convey to the audience that every aspect of the trip had been planned accordingly and backup plans as well. As a team of ‘professional’ riders (which is stated in the opening credits) I would expect nothing less. We, as viewers see no segments where there is a plan put together other than an occasional map. This doesn’t mean there wasn’t one. Again, perception is reality. Secondly, TV shows are almost always criticized by one person or another. Just because someone has a differing opinion or view, doesn’t make it a personal attack. Right?

  8. Diane 10 January, 2018 at 17:49 Reply

    I agree with Preston, you don’t know how much preparation is put into the show. Steven a couple weeks after he’s done with the season he immediately starts preparing for the next season. How is it not personal attack?

  9. Johnny B 12 January, 2018 at 13:48 Reply

    Thanks for the write up. When I watch the show, I’m reminded of the time I watched Napoleon Dynamite….. As I watched it, the only thing that kept me going was the faith… Faith that it would get better. I remember the very last scene ending and hoping that there was more (I was still in disbelief that people thought it was a good movie). Thank you for ending the suspense. I can now discontinue the investment of time and walk away without wondering “what could have been”…. Now that I know Moll continues to be a dictatorial prick (the one I had thus far suspected) and continues to send guys home, there’s no more reason to watch.

  10. Johny B 12 January, 2018 at 14:14 Reply

    Wow…. I just read through all the comments. It seems a lot of people are getting pretty offended by others opinions. I think they should be grateful for ciewers’ opinions. Perception is reality; and if people perceive things a certain way, perhaps it’s worth consideration. After all, if there are ways to improve a show and make it more entertaining to viewers, isn’t that the whole idea??? My thoughts on the series (so far) is that it’s terribly portrayed and overly dramatized. Based on what I’ve seen, the majority of the riding has been hugging coast lines. Yet the narratives constantly mis-portray. Repeatedly saying things like “riding on the open ocean”. Sure, there were some crossings I guess but the Bearing was the only one I recall. To call it a “circumnavigation on jetski” (sorry Kevin; I just did that thing didn’t I?) is VERY MISLEADING. Not that what they did wasn’t intense by any means. But it’s not even close to a true circumnavigation. Of course, I realize it’s a show to entertain and that people like drama. And most people wouldn’t notice the inconsistencies that border on the line of truth. But as a pwc enthusiast it’s pretty easy to see through the crap. And the defensive and whiny comments above from family members of the show’s producers are the final nail in the coffin for me. You’d be way better off just letting it roll off your back than getting involved in a debate on viewers’ opinions in my opinion. I really thought what Steven and his crew was doing was cool, even though some things about the show bugged me. And I interpreted Shaw’s review likewise. Take that for what it’s worth.

  11. Dave 12 January, 2018 at 14:28 Reply

    Thanks Kevin for the review. I thought you did a good job in the critique. Your summaries have motivated me to watch the series. These guys are to be commended for taking on such an adventure.

  12. CaptainPete 12 January, 2018 at 19:37 Reply

    I’m just starting season five now and I thank you Kevin for the write up

    I was constantly amazed how Steve was a star one moment, and a crazed ego- maniac the next. With all respect Steve, people management and team solidarity has to take place over ego, which seemed to not be in short supply in the Dangerous Waters.

    You’ve learned enough hard lessons to make your tour business a success. Good luck with that venture.

    and by the way, reality tv or not, you are very fortunate to have survived the trips without so much as a laceration, which would have put McGregor to the test.

    I’ve been running a ski shop for ten years and what little I have learned would let me equip a successful trip almost anywhere in the world. Unless your plan was staged drama you’ve managed to make your organization look like a bunch of amateurs. Even as far as season five where your lessons were obvious.

    Nobody who has done any kind of business in India doesn’t go without a shopping bag full of Rupees for unexpected “administrative expenses”

    Still….

    Better or worse you have earned some respect from me.
    It took big ones to run the Bearing Strait and then manage pitch that into a series.

    good luck. You made me having to stay home with the flu for a couple of weeks a little more enjoyable then watching the entire rifleman series.

  13. Mark Stlouis 13 January, 2018 at 10:55 Reply

    My wife kept asking me why I keep watching these shows on AWE channel. Because I would yell at the tv when they would get rocks stuck in the pump. Lol! Your review is right on and the way you explain it is hilarious!

  14. Wesley 17 January, 2018 at 02:30 Reply

    I think the show is awesome and inspiring. Down the road of success you have to get rid of some people and i respect steven for that. Me and my kids love it and can’t wait to keep watching it!!!! Go Dangerous Waters!!!!

  15. ANNE SASKO 18 January, 2018 at 12:39 Reply

    I have been considering and corresponding with Steve regarding the adventure. As anything else in life, I would hope for the best, but expect the worst. It certainly is on my Bucket List, as my passion for jet skiing exist, as well as my love for BC and it’s coastline. Focus on the positive folks…not the negative. I’m sure there were just as many “awesome moments”, as there were “non-awesome moments”.

  16. Mark 21 March, 2018 at 12:37 Reply

    These guys skip huge tracts of ocean. How can you claim traveling around the world if you skip half of it. It’s like flying to Nepal hitting the market and claiming you climbed Everest. It a joke

  17. Howard 30 March, 2018 at 23:03 Reply

    Kevin, I agree with you.

    I stated watch this unintended comedy, and am enthralled because of the rash brashness of “fearless leader”. I was angered by his flaunting of the speed laws in the rivers of Europe. He personified the “Ugly American” stereotype. I was hoping the police would end their expedition.
    I often laugh at the narrator’s dialog (written my one of the Molls) of these endangered men in dangerous waters. The opening credits call them professional riders…does getting paid make you a professional, or does training and skill? Perhaps these amateurs (Steven and Patrick) learned enough to be considered professional after their six-year(seven?) apprenticeship.

    Having started in Iceland rather than Canada (Did Canada forbid them from trying this expedition again? They should have billed them for the rescue!) Will Guinness give them the award for circumventing the globe? With the huge territorial jumps between season starting points of Iceland, (I started watching when they were traveling down the Danish coast), trucked from the Austrian border to Croatia, then starting at India, next Singapore; they didn’t, but Steven talks during the show as if they did. That is fraud, in my opinion. I heard or read where he had an advertising agency, but this is truly stretching it to unbelievably.
    The repetition used to stretch a half-hour of material to an hour is boring, but yes, there is some interesting scenery probably never shown before. They also stress the danger of wildlife while they harass a wolf swimming in the water, and you can see a polar bear swim to the shore and run away from the noisy jet-skis.
    The kindness of strangers is why they survived in several situations (Alaska, Canada, Germany, Indonesia, and Philippines), and sadly, it encouraged them to continue. I suspect the Molls are planning on getting wealthy from syndication fees for years to come.

    I told my wife this show has helped me understand why women get so frustrated with their men! Having planned to travel from Russia, then changing plans to traverse the Northern Passage above Canada, (and apparently planning on the fly) appeared reckless with needlessly endangerment to the members. Charles was the greatest asset the expedition had that journey. With the personnel changes without explaining why, I thought the team buried a few at sea.

    Now watching season six, I am cheering for the pirates, but being a long time Cub, White Sox, and Bear fan, I expect to be disappointed…again.

  18. Zman 5 April, 2018 at 01:23 Reply

    All you detractors are really missing several points. So what if they had to ‘portage’ their PWC’s so they werent needlessly murdered by Somalian pirates. Why should they have put their families in jeopardy for a TV show? A couple of the crew members he selected on short notice really were bad for the expedition. One was going to travel the oceans on PWC’s even though he was afraid of the ocean, the Loch Ness Monster and giant squid! For sure he should be fired. Andrew the first cameraman shouldnt have gone on the second season, he just jeapordized the mission with his immature attitude which Steven had to deal with. Yes, they were ‘filling’ the later seasons episodes with repetitive commentary, so what. I wondered why they didnt go around Australia since they had friends with a big boat helping them that were Australians. If they ever do make it back to Siberia–the Russians said they couldnt come back–it would be a real coup. Then if they manage to cross back over to Wales Alaska, Im satisfied that they circumnavigated the world–no matter how. Kevin Shaw–you take yourself far too seriously–an ersatz expert at reality TV shows, human relationships, and adventurous spirit. I dont think you could make it just from reading the way you present your commentary–like a real A-hole…Give the guy a break! Its only TV produced by someone trying to find a way to make it. Whats wrong with that stupid….

  19. Mary 8 April, 2018 at 14:22 Reply

    After watching the first four seasons. I was disappointed to see the Davis brothers leave the show. I think they were the best part of the crew. I hated watching scenes over and over again. It made it boring and then without the interesting crew it got really boring. I agree that some of what was shown to make Steven look like a great leader made him look erratic. He was good at a lot of things but his emotions got the better of him. It is hard to know from the footage that they show what really goes on. So anyone who expects a perfect commentary on a poorly edited show certainly gets what they deserve. If you want to portray strong and organized don’t show the crap. If you want to show how difficult everything is and that at every turn there is something unexpected but as a human being people can make things happen. This is what I tried to take from the show. I liked the idea of watching these guys overcome their mistakes. What I didn’t like is when they didn’t seem to learn from them. The constant stranding, the way they didn’t seem to think about the treatment of the jet skis. If I know that a compromised hull could lead to my death. I sure would be more careful to not constantly drag it on rocks or to strand it on sandbars. Mr. Shaw I appreciate your comments a lot of them are spot on and I get what you are doing. Mrs. Moll good job defending your husband. You shouldn’t take the comments as an attack on you husband but one on the show itself and how it was presented. Reality TV isn’t a medium for making people look good. It is to entertain and sometimes it is at the cost of what is really true. I think the crew had great accomplishments and Steven did circumnavigate the world just not always on a jet ski. Good luck to all of the crew past and present.

  20. Pete 17 April, 2018 at 09:40 Reply

    Good bad the show was entertainment. Me and my wife would watch every Episode together. We think the first crew was the best but that is our Opinion. Did Steve make some dumb decisions oh yes he did he also made some very good decisions. If it wouldn’t been for Charles and Wes they wouldn’t been able to get as far as I could on the Jet skis with the limited fuel that they had. Charles made that happen with the rack system that he built for them But your not going to cross the Alantic no matter how much Fuel you put on the back of them. So for going around the world on jet ski not going to happen but not a big deal. Riding in places that normally you wouldn’t Awesome. Like the show or don’t but don’t always go by what somebody else’s says. See it for yourself. We will watch the last season and have fun.

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