Ghost Hunters Academy – Episode 1 – Fort Mifflin

What do you get when you mix the showing signs of age Ghost Hunters, with the riveting stupidity of Survivor and add the hack talent of American Idol? Yep, you get the show now known as Ghost Hunters Academy.

Here are some new recruits who will learn the secrets of being a successful Ghost Hunter. There’s more to it than just sitting in the dark talking to a recorder and Steve and Tango will show these youngsters the ropes.

So what do we get out of these new faces?

After having a breakdown Susan admits she has empathetic feelings for the spirits. Funny thing is Heathyr the so called medium didn’t feel anything in the same room. Well, she does begin to say she might be feeling something, but then Susan steals all her thunder. But wait that’s not the biggest thing, it’s the fact that she held these mysterious abilities back and didn’t tell anyone about them. Now she’s skating on thin ice because they can’t trust her and who knows if she’ll be around for the next exciting episode. Queue the dramatic soap opera music and if you can pan to someone lying in a hospital bed that would be perfect.

Heathyr (the medium) tries to separate herself from the group by not going on the tour so her “abilities” won’t be tainted by knowing the history of the location. Considering she signed up so she could learn how to perform paranormal investigations it would sort of make sense that she actually goes along. This feels like a really cheesy way to get some alone time on camera. Strangely, we don’t see her abilities come into play at all during the actual investigation.

As far as the investigation goes this should basically be called the sit down show since no one actually feels it necessary to walk anywhere while they’re investigating. The guys sit on their asses in the Casemate, the girls sit on the floor in the Officer’s Quarters, and then Ben and his entourage sit on their butts in the Powder Magazine Room. I guess gone are the days when they would actually check the place out and try to debunk and explain the mysteries of a location. Why am I feeling that breeze? Where is that light coming from? What made that sound? It’s easier to sit in the corner and say you see a shadow and wait for it to come back versus actually wandering around to see what made that shadow.

This first episode was painful to watch. These “contestants” are complete blockheads. I guess they’re trying to add drama back to the show since the evidence isn’t really panning out these days. If I can sit through the junk that is Ghost Lab and give those crazy Texans a chance I can give this show another try as well. Not every first episode is a winner so it may take some time to find their groove, but if we get into all the troubles and problems of life as a Ghost Hunter and being in school and dating and parties and boyfriends I’m the hell outta here, I have no time for Paranormal 90210.

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Ghost Lab – Catfish Plantation and Hotel Lawrence

If you thought the tomfoolery of John Wilkes Booth couldn’t be topped, you haven’t seen the latest episode.

The Catfish Plantation is home to object manipulation, specifically some trickery with dinnerware. Clearly the work of a sinister force, no? If it was a spirit throwing chef’s knives we’d have something. Unfortunately, a cutlery crossing apparition doesn’t seem all that interesting.

Like so many other episodes, nothing really happens. They aren’t able to capture much but a few goofy things happen. After a whole lot of nothing happens and they’re walking around surveying the scene they see a spoon on the floor. Clearly this is the work of paranormal activity. A spoon couldn’t just fall on the floor it had to be manipulated and the brothers divine a grand plan to capture it by ignoring it.

They spend time sitting in the dark playing Jenga. Two big Texans playing a game in the corner. It’s riveting stuff I assure you.

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Ghost Lab – John Wilkes Booth

Let’s jump right in.

To put it bluntly, the Klinge brothers claim they have a recording of John Wilkes Booth speaking from beyond the grave. This show has now risen to an all new level of idiocy overshadowing all the other absurd claims and shoddy evidence they have presented before. And if you’ve watched the previous episodes you know that’s a pretty hefty claim.

The Klinge brothers are hot on the trail of John Wilkes Booth and what conspiracy theorists believe really happened to him after he got away. They claim he actually lived his life on stage under different names and lived for many years until he took his own life.

The investigation starts in a Texas opera house where Booth, under the name John St. Helen appeared on stage for many years. Setting up their cameras the brothers hope to get Booth to appear on stage for all to see. Working off their "era cues" idea they enlist the help of many of the town citizens to sit in the theater and be part of the audience to see if Booth will come out. Not surprisingly nothing happens.

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Ghost Adventures – Ohio Reformatory

It started off as a more middle of the road institution, where inmates could learn a trade and then be released back into society. But as time and overcrowding went on, it took in more violent and troubled inmates. The Ohio Reformatory has a history of violence with inmate riots, death row murders, inmates being driven mad by poor conditions and solitary confinement and even an inmate who set himself on fire. Former guards and prisoners agree violence was a daily occurrence.

But is the place haunted? Many tour guides thing so. They claim to have been touched, had their hair pulled, been pushed, see shadows and hear footsteps. Most of the claims have been by the female guides, but even some men feel they are being intimidated by the inmates.

So what do Zak and crew come up with?

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