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Ghost Hunters: Season 9 (PREVIEW)

Ghost Hunters

Regular Air Date: 
Wednesdays @ 9PM ET/PT
Air Date: 
Wednesday, October 9, 2013

In the upcoming October 9th and 16th episodes of Ghost Hunters the T.A.P.S crew visit the home of a family haunted by the lingering spirit of a woman who killed herself over love and who may still be waiting for that love to return. Then the crew head to Shreveport, Louisiana to investigate not one but two buildings adjacent to each other that may share the same ghosts. Skeptical as always I headed in to these two episodes to see if T.A.P.S could make a believer out of me.

In the first episodes titled Undying Love we visit a private residence named The Allen Mansion. It was here where a young woman held a secret affair with a family friend and when love was denied killed herself. The family now residing there have witnessed shadow people and strange footsteps coming from the attic. When Jason and the crew investigate they discover that shadow people aren’t the only haunts roaming the place.

Like all things science fiction you simply have to suspend disbelief in order to buy into the fantastical tales being spun. In this episodes were introduced to some gadgets that I haven’t seen before; an EMP influx detector device that will measure if a ghost has interrupted the space they pass through, as well as a shadow alter device that will blink when something has crossed over it. Okay.

So the investigation begins and the team is split up in separate rooms. Some have possible encounters while others have serious encounters which effect their equipment and even witness physical interactions with doors and odd sudden smells. Sadly, because most of the occurrences happen off camera you kind of have to just take the shows word for it. Smells? They don’t make for impressive evidence.

The episode’s saving grace is that the residence does have a dark history that makes for an interesting story. If only the crew could just put up camera’s at the best angle of the room where everything can be seen and possibly use a fish lens to capture it all, otherwise, if it happens off camera it doesn’t make for great TV.

In the second episode of the show, titled The Coroners Case, the T.A.P.S. crew investigate two separate buildings that share a history together. One a courthouse jail where they executed prisoners and the other a cold storage where they held the bodies of the deceased prisoners. Two ghosts, one a doctor and the other a convicted killer are said to both be roaming in and between the buildings.

(For the thousandth time) My wife and kids love Ghost Hunters. They have marathons of it since we own so many seasons of it, but even this episode was enough to vacate the room. Not a whole lot happens here and when it does it’s basically a “take their word for it” kind of situation. I did like how they crew debunked a lot of the elements of the hauntings but other then that the episode was pretty much a dud. Oddly enough, this is one of the aspects of the show that I like, that every episode isn’t filled with ghostly encounters like the rest of the paranormal shows we watch. Not everything can be haunted.

AJ Garcia
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