Deep South Paranormal – I Fear That Train A Comin – S01E01


I’m not sure we really need to have any more paranormal shows, but SyFy keeps pushing them out. This time we have Deep South Paranormal, a bunch of good ‘ol boys that happen to hunt spirits. The group consists of Jonathan, Benny, Hart, Kali, Kevin and Keith. For their premiere episode the head out to Long Leaf Sawmill in Louisiana to investigate apparitions and activity at the old sawmill. Rumor has it that a man was pushed into the wood chipper itself, while another was suffocated from sawdust. The "Skidder" has also claimed several lives while in operation. There is no doubt that an old sawmill like this didn’t spend too much time or effort of safety measures, so I have no doubt there were plenty of accidents.

The team starts off the investigation in Planer Mill where they get several K2 spikes and hear quite a few bumps and scratches. Since this is an old building out in the woods, we should discount those noises as nothing but the animals. However, there is an odd glow by the railroad tracks and there appears to be shadow movement down in the basement of the building. Unfortunately, they really don’t pursue or get to the bottom of either event.

The K2 meter goes off again as they talk about the train in the machine shop. It’s likely this train would have transported dead or injured workers out of the city. Keith plays some guitar for the ghosts while they set up a laser grid. The grid doesn’t seem to lead to any results.

As they investigate the sawmill, they go to the location where the man was pushed into a wood chipper. The Rem Pod goes off several times and when ask if the spirit wants them to leave, they get a response of yes. Trying to be respectful, they pack up and move on.

In the train depot there is a board connected to the roof that starts to sway as Randy gets a little terse with the spirits. It’s an old building, it’s an old board, so why do we think this is paranormal? There is no other reason a rotted board would move in a trashed out building? But wait there’s more. Randy calls the spirits "sissies" and then the camera goes out. Are these two things really related or was the footage edited to make it seem a lot cooler than it was? Randy heads out of the building to investigate and may actually get a hit of a cloaked figure in the window. He doesn’t seem to react to it who knows what was there.

In the Furnace Room Keith and Benny get K2 hits and hear footsteps. There are also sounds on the corrugated metal roof. Again, are these to be taken as paranormal in nature or the sound of animals in an rotting building? The K2 does go off in response to the question of whether the man died in this spot.

For the final part, Jonathan sits on the Skidder with the FLIR and gets some quite unusual. There is a long lasting circular orb in the center of the screen. It doesn’t seem to move or pulse, but hovers there. It disappears and comes back. Are they getting some spirit energy off this thing or has the camera gone nuts? It looks compelling isn’t just a bit too circular and perfect? Hard to say.

This is an interesting crew and their first episode. They won’t score points for being the most eloquent of groups, but how are they at capturing evidence? Well, most of it can probably be traced to animals. Those scratches and footsteps don’t quite fall into the uniquely paranormal realm.

However, the orb on the FLIR is interesting. Again, camera glitch or real evidence. Since it didn’t move, but it did disappear, what should we make of that? There is also the odd figure in the window that looks like someone wearing a cloak. They didn’t really follow up on that one. And finally, what about the shadow in the basement of the Planer Mill? They seemed to skip over that one as well, but it does look like something streaking across the screen. Maybe they skipped it because it was a video glitch.

They want to claim the Mill is haunted and nothing says fun like a Haunted Mill, just ask Scooby-Doo and the gang. But I really can’t side with them on this one. They have a couple things, but I don’t think they should stamp this place as paranormal.

So what did you think of this new show, their evidence and their conclusion the place is haunted? Worth watching another episode or not?

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