Paranormal State

Paranormal State – Return of the Dead – The Glove II – S05E06

This was another waste of an episode and once again makes me think that everyone Ryan goes to help has some form of emotional problem or some other issue that is a cry for help.

The original story involves a Grandfather that abused members of his family. It seems he’s continuing the tradition and when Michelle calls him out, things go haywire. First off, I never believed the evidence in the first part of this episode; anyone can make a handprint on the wall and a crappy chandelier that falls in a wreck of a room is no sign of the paranormal.

The evidence in this episode is just as useless. Another mysterious handprint on a television set. Good grief that couldn’t possibly have been done by human hands on accident as they groped their way along in the dark!

The wife is a wreck because no one believes her story. It honestly sounds like this woman has worked herself up into a frenzy and is seeing things because she’s sleep deprived. (I certainly didn’t get a sense of any financial trouble or martial issues out of this one) Her husband never experiences any of the events so basically thinks she is just making it all up. But Ryan claims he’s proven that the spirit only talks to the wife and not to the husband (because Chad wasn’t paying attention and didn’t hear anything). Once again, creating an outcome that fits their outlandish theory.

To solve the problem, Michelle pulls a wild idea out of her ass and says they need to drive nails into the grave site of the Grandfather.

Of course, once they do, everything goes back to normal.

Maybe this woman just needs a few people to get off their ass and help her clean up the place. It’s been two years since they last showed up and the house is still in shambles. Maybe if it didn’t look like a dump you wouldn’t be stressing all the time!

This episode was just as hard to watch as the previous one.

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Paranormal State – Supernatural Seduction -S05E05

This has to be the most ridiculous episode Paranormal State has ever done! I can’t even believe it was aired.

Let’s take a failing Bed & Breakfast, make up the most farfetched story we can think of, make wild claims about what’s going on and then do nothing but lay in bed without our top on and finally say the place is perfectly normal.

Complete and total crap!

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Paranormal State – Ghost on the Tracks – S05E04

This is also an episode that really didn’t make much sense. An owner claim his hair salon is being haunted by a spirit, however, there are no previous actions on the property that would warrant such a haunting. They make the leap and try to draw a link that a train wreck which resulted in the death of two people is linked to the salon. The two have nothing in common with each other, but that’s the connection they’re making.

Their investigation is rather uneventful except for the fact that they discover there are mice in the basement of the salon. As Michelle says, if there’s one mouse, there’s many. That would explain any noises they hear in the place, but there is also the claim of seeing a young boy with black eyes who plays on the stairs. There is no reasoning for a boy spirit to be at the salon and as they do their investigation they get no signs of any activity except for a few animals. The story behind that figure will probably remain a mystery.

Reaching at straws they start to ask the residence if they’ve had experiences near the train tracks where the accident took place. Ryan then makes the assertion that the further away you get from the train station the less the activity. Since the salon is somewhat close to it they conjecture that this is causing the supposed activity (which they didn’t actually experience or capture). Energy runs in lines across the earth so it’s using the train tracks to get to the salon. This theory is just baffling! Since they really have nothing else to offer they go with the idea of Feng Shui to keep out the bad energy.

It all seems pretty farfetched. They can’t find any evidence to support the claims so they just make up a remedy. I guess this really does show the power of suggestion. You can make yourself believe something is happening and you can put up faux remedies to make it go away.

Maybe a haunted salon does better business than just a regular salon.

Of course the final scene of all of them sitting in the salon chairs was priceless! That was the best part of the whole episode!

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Paranormal State – Spirits of the Slave Dungeon – S05E03

I was really quite excited about this episode since Charleston is right down the road from me. Charleston is full of ghost stories and is certainly steeped in history so when they made their way to an old city jail where severe punishments were handed out regardless of your crime it seemed they would have an investigation full of evidence. While it sort of starts off that way, it goes off the rails pretty quickly. Right from the beginning Ryan takes on an almost condescending tone toward the tour operator about how he’s treating the spirits. He’s all but saying that running his ghost tours is wrong. Why he’s taking this stance is a bit of a mystery to me. Mr. Stand in the dark and yell at the spirits to come out and show themselves is picking on some guy just trying to run a business. Anyone else see this as a contradiction?

Ryan and team play it up on the first night when they try and reach the spirits. They ask for a sign of their presence and try to record voices and movement. But the next day they get called out by Dr. O who mysteriously shows up out of nowhere and takes issue with the way they’re investigating the spirits. He claims the spirits told him to come down to the jail and talk to Ryan and his team. Dr. O says they need to change their ways and make offerings to appease the tortured spirits of the jail. They need to offer up water, fruit and candles. Ryan gives in immediately and does what he’s told. It’s like their sitting in the Principals office being scolded.

By happenstance there is a large thunderstorm that night (a large thunderstorm at a coastal town, that never happens!) which Ryan attributes to the spirits and the visit by Dr. O. The team makes their offering, apologizes for their insensitivity and then the storm passes, which they again attribute to their own actions.

Talk about odd. Does Ryan really think his actions with the spirit world can make storms come and go? He’s supposedly from South Carolina, but acts as though it never rains in the South. And who is this Dr. O chap and why did he pick now to show and raise a fuss? I’m sure it had nothing to do with the cameras and the thought of a little air time for himself. Why hasn’t he spoken to the tour owner before? Hells Bells, it’s not like the tour started yesterday, he must have known about it for years. This really smacks of seeking some limelight for your own personal gains here.

Why did they actually show this episode? What was the point? If anything is comes across as Ryan having his own personal agenda and he called in Dr. O himself to try and interfere with the city jail tours. Who knows why he would do that, but the whole thing was rather pointless.

Maybe I’ll plan my own trip down there and see what kind of things I can see and hear for myself.

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