Expedition Unknown S01E06 Viking Sunstone

There was a time when I was very critical of Josh Gates and his methods. I really didn’t “get” his humor and I thought that it may not be taken in the best way by the various cultures. As time rolled by, I gave his show “Destination Truth” a chance and learned to love it. Gates has a new show, “Expedition Unknown’, which is very much like “Destination Truth”. In this episode, “Viking Sunstone”, Gates explores the myth of the Viking sunstone. Having some “Norman/North-man” lineage, I enjoyed every minute of it. I would love to have been on this adventure, though I may have passed on the herring.

Expedition Unknown S01E01 Amelia Earhart

The show is vintage Josh Gates. If you liked Destination Truth, you should like Expedition Unknown.

Expedition Unknown chronicles the adventures of Josh Gates as he investigates iconic mysteries across the globe. Gates begins by interviewing key eyewitnesses and uncovering recent developments in the story, then springboards into a fully immersive exploration.

Ghost Hunters: Ghost Mission

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Best lines in the program: Britt asks, “Do monks talk?” Britt to KJ, “I’m not going to have to give you mouth to mouth am I?” KJ replies, “Only if you want to.” Hmmm Jason may have to break you two up.

Do Monks talk — really Britt? Does Britt think? Am I to understand that Britt has “ghost hunted” this location to see ghosts and to scare the girls, but has never bothered to spend a few minutes to research this order of monks or any order of monks?

I’m happy to see that the GHI method of speaking English to non-English speaking entities is still in practice. While I was happy to see Josh Gates, a Spanish speaker like Jael might have been a better choice.

Steve freaks out after stepping on a towel that he thought was a dead animal. This throws some doubt on his earlier comments about hearing sounds that could not be animals because he didn’t see any animals. Well, it’s dark, you didn’t see the towel either.

Michelle Tate is a cute girl with an odd hair cut. For some reason she makes me think of Peter Pan. I’m sure that the camera men will enjoy following her upstairs for the obligatory butt shots.

I enjoyed seeing Josh Gates again and the ruins at the location were awesome. The San Juan Capistrano Mission is awesome, but outdoor investigations are really tough. Having said that, I think some members really didn’t put any effort into their investigation (Britt) and the lack of Spanish and native speakers was inexcusable. Let’s face it GH has the bucks to bring in some Spanish speakers — they just didn’t have enough pride in their job to do it. I can imagine that some paranormal groups would love to have a fraction of the GH money to spend on their investigations. I get the sense that these people really don’t love what they do anymore.

The evps collected were poor, ringing bells (did anyone bother to check with a local church?), shuffling sound (did anyone bother to contact an expert on local animal sounds?). One evp was described as Spanish but it couldn’t be understood which begs the question was it really Spanish (was it anything)?

Great location — disappointing effort.


The ghosts of paranormal Christmas yet to come

old houseI have to confess that I don’t watch the parashows with the ferocity that I once had. It’s not that I am no longer a paranormal geek (BTW check out the book Paranormal Geeks by Sharon Day and Julie Ferguson) but rather it is the lack a fresh angle to the paranormal shows.

If you want an entertaining show with a lot of silliness there is a program for you, Ghost Adventures. If you are interested in paranormal infomercials, Ghost Hunters has changed from it’s ideal of helping people to shameless huckstering of alleged haunted locations.

Ashley TroubI recently learned that our favorite barista was booted from the Ghost Hunters show. I guess Jason couldn’t mold her in the Ghost Hunter ideal “what was that? — did you hear that?” Isn’t it sad that the most stable paranormal team on TV seems to be the Ghost Adventures team?

I think this latest personnel shuffling with Ashley Troub is a perfect example of why I seldom watch the show. If you pick a person, shouldn’t you invest the time to train her up and give her a fair chance to earn her spot on the team? I think a lot of fans realized at first sight that Ashley was not the person for the show, but once you’ve made your pick, it’s only fair to give her a chance. Of course, it isn’t about the passion of ghost hunting, but all about ratings, money, and demographics.

What does the ghost of paranormal shows yet to come have in store for us? Josh Gates has a new show called “Stranded — The show features average paranormal enthusiasts who are stranded in some of the most haunted locations in America and record their experiences with handheld cams.” The show sounds like Scariest Places on Earth narrated by Linda Blair. While I like Josh Gates, couldn’t Syfy give us something new?

Notorious Hauntings — supernatural investigations from around the world or a re-make of the defunct (though not officially) Ghost Hunter International with a little dash of Destination Truth tossed in. Ghost Mine or the paranormal version of Discovery’s Gold Rush Alaska. What’s next, the paranormal housewives of the rich and famous? Dancing with the Bigfoots?

I guess the best thing about paranormal TV is that like Ashley Troub’s career they go away quickly.

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