Drawkcabi, on Nov 14 2009, 00.37, said:
Actually the cheap thrill is what others would get by watching horror movies which I don't really care for. But I like to watch the Nostradamus or 2012 or whatever documentaries, especially late at night, and let my mind go to a place where I think "what if it's true?" and just let myself get freaked out about it.
Yeah, that's right there with my UFO Hunters thing (they often run them back-to-back with that stuff). The great thing about UFO Hunters is the dynamic they have set up on that show. Basically, they've got three points of view from the three main investigators:
1. The Guy in the Hat
- This guy is the editor for one of the UFO magazines, always wears a hat with the UFO Hunters logo and mirrored sunglasses and basically believes everything anyone tells him, without question. Somebody says, "I saw such-and-such" and he immediately assumes they are credible and are telling the truth and even starts inventing even more convoluted scenarios for their sighting than the witnesses were willing to speculate about. He's hilarious!
2. The Guy Who Wants to Believe
- this guy is sort of like me, but a bit more gullible. Really wants it all to be true, but tries very hard to remain objective and scientific about his investigations. Still, he often goes along with believing some stuff that has little foundation in the evidence. He believes about 50% of what he sees, maybe.
3. The Skeptic
- This guy is a scientist, PhD and all that, and when he joined the show in (I think) season 2, he was a complete skeptic and pretty much thought the other two guys on the show were nuts for believing any of it. Interestingly, over the course of two seasons he has become much more open minded to the fact that SOMETHING is going on. He's not at the point where he'll say there are aliens visiting us, but he does now think that at the very least the government is testing things that are WAY beyond any technology that the general public knows about. At the most, he's I think now open to the notion that maybe - just maybe - these things are from somewhere else
. One time when the group was shown photos of a deformed fetal calf in the Cattle Mutilation episode, this guy actually freaked out and thought that maybe something really sinister and alien
was happening. It took the The Guy Who Wants to Believe to bring him back to earth on that one and suggest that it could just be a random deformity (it was especially weird looking, though). I think in that case it had to do with The Skeptic being confronted with something pretty far out in a field he wasn't too familiar with (biology).
Between the three of them they pretty well cover all points of view.
Edited by Brude, 14 November 2009 - 01:52 AM.