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Started by Damian, January 09, 2010, 08:08:32 PM
Quote from: Buddy on January 09, 2010, 08:08:32 PMIt appears that the investigators are police officers by day and ghost hunters by night. My hope is that because these guys are cops, they'll follow strict investigation practices and will adhere to the scientific method and focus on gathering evidence.
Quote from: Buddy on January 20, 2010, 12:22:23 AMHey gang. I just watched the first episode of Paranormal Cops and I have mixed feelings about it. It felt like another "me-too" paratainment tv show, but their unique spin is in their use of their police training, techniques, and skills.They attempt to lock-down the investigation site and use evidence tape on door jambs. And they have a Medium as a part of their team. I didn't really feel like their Medium added much to their investigation.I noticed that some of the investigators held an implement in one hand that appeared cto have 3 devices attached to it (digital audio recorder, EMF detector, and something that looked like a mini boom mic) which seemed pretty handy. I liked that idea.***SPOILER ALERT*** At one point in the episode an investigator noticed that the evidence tape on one of the locked doors had been broken. They called the entire team together, discussed the incident, turned the lights on, and began what appeared to be a complete and systematic search of the investigation site to find anyone who might have come into the site through that door. Ultimately, they found no other person in the building. I realize that a situation like this and how the team responded adds some drama to the show which is what producers want, but I liked that the entire team investigated that incident immediately.What I'm starting to understand is that viewers will probably never see a paranormal investigation show that is 100% accurate in its representation of a paranormal investigation. So now that I'm slightly disillusioned I can simply watch the shows for their entertainment value AND keep my eyes open for ideas/practices/equipment that would be applicable and effective in a non-televised paranormal investigation. This represents a significant shift in my views of paranormal tv.
Quote from: ljiljanac on January 20, 2010, 01:04:16 AMThere is something that all of the shows have in common and which is very nice.....they all make reference to being there "to help the family". I really like the fact that this has not been lost in paratainment.
Quote from: PPI Jason on January 20, 2010, 08:02:54 AMQuote from: ljiljanac on January 20, 2010, 01:04:16 AMThere is something that all of the shows have in common and which is very nice.....they all make reference to being there "to help the family". I really like the fact that this has not been lost in paratainment. I agree that I like the idea of "helping" the families. I think it's a good philosophy to have and one that I've tried to keep in my mind as case agent. My general attitude when I contact a family is, "What do YOU need." Then I try to determine if what we have to offer might help or if a referral is in order.I can't speak to the show "Paranormal Cops" since I haven't seen it (and frankly just don't really have the time or interest in it to do so) but I'm skeptical of their claims to help (at least until I can see it for myself). Many of the paranormal shows I watch have this spin to their shows. It's like having Dudley Do-Right standing with his arms at his waist, one eyebrow turned up slightly higher than the other, looking slightly up and to the left as if to some imaginary muse of bravery, saying in a heroic voice, "I'm just here to help ma'am. Nothing special about me. I'm just your average every day hero. Please, no autographs until I've solved your problem."I agree that paranormal investigators can, and do, help families. But I think the DEGREE that some help is exaggerated by producers. Some do more harm than good. I'm mean really. What kind of help is it if some investigators go into a home, provoke the hell out of some spirit, catch some cool things on video, then walk away high-fiving each other while the family still has to live in the same home with a now very pissed-off Casper.