Last night's episode was the Florida Skunk Ape. You know, Ghost Hunting Theories and Autumnforest will give it to you like it is. I'm going to be honest. I've always scoffed at BF in Florida and Arizona. Why? I have long thick hair and I can't take it here with air-conditioning. I don't know how the frag a BF could tolerate it. I'm cranky and he should be one angry son-of-a-bitch.
I've decided, I'm not going to dissect the show. One thing I've learned living through GH, GHI, GHA, GL, GA, DT, FoF, PS (if you can name all these, you're officially a paranormal geek) is that you get a bastard variation when you take a hobby and put it on TV. It's fucking boring! Ghost hunting is tedious. BF hunting is a snooze, as well. Things don't happen that often and when you're really bored, even a snapping twig can nearly create a stampede of excitement.
We all want to go on a ghost hunt, we all want to go on a BF hunt. So, producers/cable channels are taking us along. They can't give us 14 hours of filming, but like a magazine airbrushing the models, they have to make it attractive to the public. I realize this shit needs to be edited. There is a curse, as well, because all those hours of research and hunting and interviewing became a strange Frankenstein'ish version of what actually occurred. Good and thorough investigators can be made to look pretty stupid depending on how it's all stitched back together from the editing floor (I know, I know, this isn't recorded with actual film anymore, it's video, I'm being facetious).
I'm pleased that these guys are multidimensional. They're not just walking out in the woods and knocking wood and whooping (oh hell, they are)), but they are also doing a good deal of interviewing, reenacting and utilizing some interesting tools. What I would have given if Ghost Hunters had taken a goddamned expert with them or even interviewed one! At least this show is willing to bring in others and consult those who can fill in their gaps in knowledge and experience.
I will never expect, given the statistics of people like Peter Byrne who hunted his whole long life for BF and Yeti and had yet to see one, that these dudes who are going to do, what? 8 or so episodes? would find anything, but I sure like being taken along. I really appreciate them going in search of BF in all the regions reported. I've wondered about Ohio BF and Florida BF and such and them going to all the regions gives me a chance to come to my own conclusion about the efficacy of these locales for a BF creature.
I'm telling you, I'm impressed with Ranae and Cliff. I would totally put them on a team with me on a hunt. I would trust their judgment and I would feel secure in whatever we procure. So, having two of the four member team that I believe in helps me a lot in watching the show. That's a better ratio than many other paranormal shows on TV in which I don't trust a damn person on the team.
Besides, I wouldn't mind getting lost in the woods with Cliff (wink).