Thursday, January 29, 2009

Haunted by Goofiness...

Your ol' pal Skippy is on a bit of a forced vacation - Kentucky and Southern Indiana got dealt with a couple of days ago by a huge ice storm and my place of employment is currently closed due to a combination of bad roads and widespread power outtages. My electricity was off for the better part of yesterday, but it's back on now and there's not a lot to do around here but read and watch daytime TV, which brings me to my point: There's a woman wrestling a ghost on the freakin' Discovery Channel.

Maybe that's normal for the Discovery Channel these days, but I remember when, you know, it was possible to actually learn things from watching the "educational" cable channels. I'll admit that the Discovery Channel did start going south earlier than say the Learning Channel and the History Channel, but I'm nonetheless aghast that at 2 in the freakin' afternoon the Discovery Channel is running an "investigative" show about ghosts which culminates in a literal wrestling match between some "psychic" lady and a big zombified fat guy. The show's called A Haunting and it's big draw is the relatively sophisticated "re-enactments" of supposedly supernatural events. It provides essentially no verifiable information about the cases it claims to discuss. Seriously, it's beneath even Unsolved Mysteries when it comes to actually trying to show any kind of "evidence". Instead it's kind of like watching an episode of Tales From the Crypt, but with no Crypt Keeper and no possibility of nudity. I guess I shouldn't be too surprised that it's is pretty goofy - the show is affiliated with Ed and Lorraine Warren, the "demonologists" that helped to fabricate the Amityville hoax.

The best/silliest bit about the whole thing is watching the psychics and exorcists they trot out to fight the various monsters talk with a straight face about all their battle tactics against these supernatural beasts. The episode with the aforementioned wrestling patch was accompanied by commentary in which our psychic friend explained that even though the ghost was "trying to rip [her] neck off" she was able to "release its negative energy" and destroyed it. Lucky thing, that - Astute readers will recall that monsters imbued with negative energy drain an entire experience level every time they touch someone, so the psychic lady was in real danger here. If I recall correctly, being drained to zero levels by a ghost causes the victim to rise as a ghost themselves, but with only half the hit points of the original monster.

...Or maybe there aren't actually ghosts and the people on these kinds of shows are either deluded or opportunistic charlatans. I'm honestly not sure whether the veiled use of Dungeons and Dragons nonsense on the part of these "ghost fighters" points to the former or the latter.

1 comment:

JAK said...

Pretty soon they'll start running Buffy the Vampire Slayer as a documentary...