Jason and Grant rolled out their seventh season of Ghost Hunters last Wednesday night. I have to admit that I enjoyed it a bit more than many of the GH episodes of the last couple of seasons.
In reaction to ever dropping ratings and multiple challenges from new paranormal shows, Ghost Hunters has slapped a new coat of paint on the old show.
I enjoyed the new intro and commercials for the show. Did I miss something or have the names of the cast been removed from the opening credits? I realize that the cast of GHI have been dropping like flies but GH? The intro shows Jason and Grant with an intense but somewhat vacant stare into space. I couldn’t help but think of that same stare by Zak in the Ghost Adventures intro.
I have noticed that the GHI show has taken on a more Ghost Adventures look and feel. It seems that Ghost Hunters is also adopting some of the GA features. Jason has dropped some weight and he is dressing a little more like Zak. More and more of the locations investigated by GH are declared haunted with less and less evidence. Its looking more like the GA tail is wagging the GH dog.
Despite the new paint, the show still has the same old bones. They use the same tools like the modern-day Ouija board the K-II meter. Nothings says scientific better than blinking lights.
This week the team tackled the “Haunted Town” of Alexandria, Louisiana. I got a chuckle out of Adam and Amy ( yeah another sign of the old bones with static teams) and the moving laser pen. Amy thought that the movement meant something while Adam pointed out the complex concept that round things occasionally roll. I haven’t seen anything like that since Paul of GHI got excited over the movement of a straw in a glass of ice water.
Steve and Tango investigated a set of stairs in which a ghostly girl allegedly trips people. Tango tripped himself and Steve laughed at his clumsiness.
There was very little evidence collected in this episode, but the town was declared ‘haunted.” I’m sure that the city’s tourist board is thrilled with the outcome of the investigation. I guess that the hotel will be a great place for future Ghost Hunters conventions ( not that something like that ever entered their minds — evil grin).
This kicks off a new marketing plan that I think is very clever, a sort of dueling haunted towns. Submit your haunted town and GH will announce a winner. I can just imagine towns all over America competing for that paranormal dollar.
At any rate, it was a fun show.
Ratings for this episode: 1.745 million viewers- 1.1/2 HH- 0.7/2 A18-49