Ghost Hunters, Part II

riwartapshq_deionI know I wrote some comments on “Ghost Hunters” on my old blog, but I’ve watched most all episodes so far this season, and I now remember why I quit watching. In the old days, there was a lot of interaction between the viewers and the TAPS team. They were a rag-tag group in those days. Jason & Grant were full time Roto-Rooter plumbers who investigated hauntings with some, what seemed like, fairly close acquaintances. There was internal drama, comedy, and interplay between the team, and we, the audience, felt like we got to know them. We laughed with Brian, and we felt kinda sad when he had to leave. We were concerned when he had some fairly well documented personal problems after he left the show.

But for the longest time, the team remained a cohesive group. Then there was Donna and another team member who left, and we were caught off guard. Eventually, Grant left, and from that point on, it seemed like a revolving door of investigators who were really never introduced to the audience. Kris was fun, but, poof, she was gone after “Ghost Hunters International,” for the most part.

Mike Rowe stopped narrating, and while Jason is certainly capable, he just doesn’t have that commanding narration that Rowe had. We really don’t know anything anymore about the team these days, especially the newest members. There is no connection between them and us.

What I’ve found this year, which is the last year for the show on SyFy, is that the show has become “Most Haunted.” A whole lot of “what was that,” and not much else. They robotically set up the equipment, go about not finding anything of interest, then tell each other it was a good job after the reveal. Zzzzzzzzzz.

I’m not sure if this show will end up on another channel. Destination America channel would be the obvious choice. The problem is that they stand the chance of becoming lost in the sea of paranormal shows. It was the connection between the people on the screen and the viewers that helped this show become popular. It’s hard to catch lightning in a bottle twice, but if they really want to give it another shot, going back to its’ roots would be a good place to start.

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4 comments

  1. I have to admit, that’s a lot of the reason I stopped watching too. It started to become impersonal. I lost a lot of the details I loved about it. There was a distinct lack of surprise when things were found and the excitement the team had was gone. Even the efforts went to debunk possible hauntings seemed lack-luster in comparison to the early days. It’s sad to see the show fall apart like that, but I suppose that happens with every show.

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    • Thanks for commenting. Yes, every show runs its’ course. I think part of the problem was the pay structure. It has to be hard to travel, spend lots of time with production, yet have to work a regular job too. Perhaps that led to the revolving door syndrome. You’re right, debunking was a big deal in the first few seasons. But once they stopped investigating people’s residences, debunking seemed to lose priority.

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