One of my many character weaknesses is a fondness for the kooky UFO programs run on the History Channel and other educational cable networks. The nuttier the better– there’s something about the credulity and self-delusion displayed by the “researchers” they trot out that I find really hilarious.
I have to say, though, that they’ve outdone themselves with this new Ancient Aliens series. To the point where it almost has to be a put-on– last week, they had a pudgy guy with wild eyes stating that stone obelisks around the world were really receivers in a global energy distribution network based on one of Nikola Tesla’s less lucid moments; this week, the same guy explained that the Moon is hollow, with bottomless craters that provide an entry to the interior, and that this proves that it’s really an alien spaceship that’s been orbiting the Earth for billions of years, housing the aliens who directed our evolution. They’re even shooting their interviews in a way that makes the “researchers” look more unkempt and deranged than they have in other shows– one guy looks like he was driven to the interview in a convertible, or possibly launched across town with a trebuchet, then parked in front of a camera to babble incoherently.
I can’t quite decide how to interpret this, though. It could be a brilliant bit of performance art, with a bunch of actors competing to see just how ridiculous they can sound without cracking up on camera (in which case, I look forward to the outtakes on the DVD release). Or, it could be a brilliant piece of disinformation spread by the alien conspiracy, put out there to completely discredit anything having to do with space aliens (well, even more completely discredit it), to prevent serious scientists from getting close to the truth.
In fact, since I can’t decide, we’ll have to settle this scientifically:
Well, it’s at least as scientific as anything you’ll see on “Ancient Aliens”…