Paranormal State

Paranormal State – They Only Come Out at Night – S05E02

Ryan is back to his old tricks and his old way of thinking for this one. Quite honestly, this crazy story barely makes any sense. Supposedly the family is being assaulted and taunted by some sort of spirit energy and they’re on the verge of packing up and moving on. The family is being pulled, pinched and pushed. The kids want to move away. The parents are at their wits end.

Ryan and team investigate the house where they feel spider webs in the face and claim they’re getting pushing and pinched. After some digging they feel the "demonic" entity at work is a "pukwudgie", which is "a 2-or-3-foot-tall (0.61 or 0.91 m) troll-like being from the Wampanoag folklore. Pukwudgies’ features resemble those of a human, but with enlarged nose, fingers and ears. Their skin is described as being grey, smooth and at times has been known to glow."

So it’s trolls eh? Tormenting the family and causing problems? Well alrighty then, nothing like going out on a limb is there? I’m sorry, this just sounds completely absurd. That’s the explanation for the events is a little ill tempered troll? It has nothing to do with all the exposed wires in the basement and all the crap they’re storing down there. Those wires wouldn’t perhaps give the feeling of spider webs with all the electricity coursing through them? And with all those boxes and all that stored crap, there is no way someone would just be walking into a box and hitting their hands and arms? It’s has to be the work of some crazy troll. I mean, wow!

As I said, there is no such thing as debunking with these guys, they have no problem going with whatever wild notion that seems to fit their theory. I was actually laughing at this episode. I can’t even imagine what the home owners must have thought. But I’ll be damned if they didn’t just play along with the whole thing.

The first episode wasn’t bad, but this was insane. Morbid curiosity is going to make me tune in for episode 3 just to see if Ryan comes back to Earth or if he continues to walk right off the pier.

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Paranormal State – The Death Room – S05E01

PRS kicks off a new season and quite frankly it wasn’t that bad. It’s actually an interesting story of a woman being locked in her room until she signs over the papers to her money and property to a greedy caretaker. It’s a sad story to be sure, and certainly the seed of a good horror story.

The team shows up and finds that there’s knocking all around the room and Michelle feels someone is trying to escape from the master bedroom. As they dig deeper, they find out a woman was locked in that room until she died. She would knock at the door trying to get someone to let her out.

The team goes through the process of trying to get the sprit to leave by proving she’s no longer trapped in the house. It’s quite elaborate, and perhaps even a little overly dramatic, but in the end the spirit supposedly leaves and crosses over. At least there was no mention of demonic.

This one wasn’t too bad, if, as I mentioned, a little overly dramatic. Paranormal State isn’t the type of show you turn to for finding credible evidence. Everything they get is pretty much impressions and feelings. And forget debunking, this group hasn’t even heard of the term. Forget that banging on the walls in an old plantation home could have been pipes rattling in the walls, to this group, that is a sure sign of spirit activity.

In the end, the team supposedly helps a trapped spirit move and put the abuse to an end. It’s a neat story and if indeed there is any truth, perhaps they’ve done something good. Not bad a season opener, but I have a feeling it won’t last.

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Paranormal State comes back for Season 5 on October 17

And it looks like they’re slated for 20 episodes…

Despite my better judgment I’m going to give Paranormal State another chance. I haven’t been too enthusiastic about this show and last season just about drove me away, but I’ll go out on a limb and check out the first couple of episodes to see how they play out. I have to say my expectations are pretty low at this point. If Ryan jumps on the demonic bandwagon again though that’ll be an end to it. If he ends up in another exorcism …

The new season starts in a week so I guess we’ll find out.

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Paranormal TV – Which shows are coming back?

I’m getting my desktop ready and I’m looking forward to some new seasons of investigations. It looks like we lost a few shows along the way, but to be honest, that’s not necessarily a bad thing. A few of those shows needed to go and a couple more still need to go. So which ones do I think are coming back?

Shows on now:

Right now there is only one show back on the air and it’s GHI. I really liked the first season of this show but there have been dozens of cast changes and the way they break up the season is just maddening. I can’t say how much longer I’ll be on board for this one.

Shows coming soon:

I know two shows will be starting soon, Destination Truth on September 9th and Ghost Adventures starting up in September as well. These are the two I’m looking forward to the most, I just have a great time watching these and they look like they’re having a great time making the show.

Shows on the fence:

Paranormal State: It has no start date listed but the fact it’s still on the books leads me to believe it will be coming back. That being said, I wouldn’t be surprised if this is the last year for Satan seeking, Holy water throwing, seeing shadows in every corner, Ryan Buell and the PRS team. Ryan has become just way too damn melodramatic and quite honestly the show just isn’t that interesting anymore. Every single thing about this show seems staged and fake. The stories are weak, their reactions from the PRS team are WAY over the top, nothing is ever discovered and in the end Ryan buries a couple of medallions, tells the “spirits” they aren’t welcome, says a blessing and then heads home. And that “Director’s Log” crap is really wearing thin.

Shows that probably won’t be back:

Ghost Lab looks like it got the axe. Nothing is listed on Discovery and no new listings on IMDB. A Wikipedia entry sites they’re coming back for a second season but there is no actual confirmation of that. Their own websites lists two upcoming investigations this year, but no mention of the show. They may have had some of the coolest equipment, but their crazy antics and experiments may have done them in.

Looks like Paranormal Cops didn’t make it either. It has no return date listed in IMDB and the show has been pulled from the roster on the A&E website. There were some interesting aspects to this show, but overall it needed some work. They had procedures and guidelines which was great, but some of their fact checking seemed a little off and they made far too many connections that seemed to be huge leaps at best.

Shows that should never come back:

Ghost Hunters Academy. Please tell me we’ll never have to see or hear of this stupid show again… I can only hope.

Ghost Hunters will air again sometime this year, but really, who cares anymore?

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