While I was sick and at home, I got ample opportunity to watch crap TV and caught a bit of “Paranormal State“. Has anyone seen this show? If so, what is your opinion of it? Personally, I think its a load of smoke and mirrors and not much else. The episode I saw revolved around an alleged “demon possession” of a young girl. The ghost hunters arrived, researched, investigated, probed, asked “What was that?!” in a scared voice about a million times, helped exorcise the evil and then gave themselves big pats on the back at the end. Nice and tidy and oh so heartwarming. It was so very contrived and ridiculous, it made me ill.
I am what you would call a fairly “spiritual” person-I believe in the existence of many things and ghosts are definitely included. But while I love the paranormal, I am also not a sucker and don’t swallow every single case of “haunting” that is aired on TV or posted on the net. I’m also highly suspicious of most “psychics”, since many of them are con artists. (This should not be shocking news to anyone!)
So why do I distrust Paranormal State? Its hard to pinpoint exactly. Maybe its all the “scary” set up music and effects, followed by the egotistical seriousness of the leader Ryan, plus as mentioned, things tend to follow a format on that show. They start with the case, interview the people, get the history of the place, bust out the “psychic” and if necessary priest, then comes the climax with more shadow chasing and ham acting and ends with them conquering the ghosts and sending them packing. Real life ghostbusters and heroes, eh? In a word-No.
Maybe a few of the places they visited were haunted, but it seems to me, most are just boring, old and dusty, so what do they do? Through the miracle of TV effects and financial incentives, they make a ghostly mountain out of a molehill and people gobble it all up.
I’ve seen other ‘ghost’ shows on TV and while some are good and some are not, this show seems to be about at the top of the pile in terms of ‘cheese’ factor.