The season finale of “Treasure Quest: Snake Island” aired on National Geographic Channel on Friday night. After a whole season of trying to stay interested in this horrible show, the last episode was actually interesting and exciting. However, in the last few minutes of the show, it ended on a strange and unsatisfying note.
Viewers of this show about a team of divers and explorers trying to find the “Treasure of the Trinity,” hundreds of millions of dollars of Incan gold, have been patient for this whole season. Most of the episodes consisted of merely hearing the cast members say, “There’s a snake.” The island is not called Snake Island for any other reason.
The estimates are that there are between 1 and 5 golden lancehead pit vipers per square meter on this island. They have decimated all the other populations of creatures that lived there, but they now live on migratory birds that stop to roost on the island. These particular snakes are highly poisonous, and in Brazil, they account for 90% of the deaths from snake bites. And, the worst part is that the skin around the bite just melts away, according to Atlasobscura.com. Yes, the team has been traveling through an area just teeming with these poisonous snakes. That information accounts for the almost constant, “Wait, there’s a snake.”
The season finale included a stressful situation with the boat. It sprung a big leak and almost sank before the captain dived below and did a temporary patch. (It appeared he shoved fabric in a hole.)The team was sleeping on the island with the snakes, which was just unbelievable and very tense. There were literally snakes crawling all around them, hanging out of trees, etc…
They did finally find some kind of something at the very end of the show. They found a hidden part of a cave, and at that point it felt like the old Geraldo Rivera special when he opened Al Capone’s vault. There was nothing there but the top of a damaged wooden box. Someone had found the treasure before they did. This treasure had been missing since 1524, but when they managed to find it, someone has gotten there first. Then it gets real hard to follow.
In the midst of their deflated hopes, they reached some consensus that the treasure was spread in more than one place. Someone happened into another room of the cave and found a series of holes forming a shape on the wall. They had no doubt the holes were manmade, and they were sure the pattern showed where the various gold caches were hidden. So, they have decided that whoever hid the gold climbed to the pinnacle of this snake-infested island and left some of the treasure. They then spent hours chiseling a pattern that would explain where the rest of the gold was hidden.
The team decided this pattern was a constellation, and then they decided it was the river system in Brazil. So the next destination is to travel up the river system looking for the treasure, armed with this diagram of holes in the shape of a constellation of stars. So, at this point, the show began to feel like “Finding Bigfoot.” At least they had some eye witnesses, tree knocks and footprints.