Saturday, August 20, 2011

Paranormal Challenge - La Purisima Mission

   Hmmmm...where to start? After watching a few episodes I decided that it just wasn't for me. I didn't particularly care for the setup of the show or most of the teams. I also decided not to write a review on it...just because it wasn't for me I didn't feel the need to pan the show or Mr.Bagans. However, after the La Purisima Mission challenge I feel the need to write something.

   I must first start with what really set me off the most. One member of the guy's team while in the Chumash village area began taunting the Indians, of all people, in what can only be described as F- worthy high school Spanish. I can't quote what he said due to not only the lack of subtitles & the constant cutting away to Zak's & the judge's commentary on what he was saying but also the little bit of what he was saying that they repeated upset me so much I had to turn the channel before I through my remote at my television. It was incredibly & utterly disrespectful. The Chumash were the ones that were mistreated & so many killed from disease that was brought to them by the Spanish. While I am part Native American you don't need to be to be appalled by their total lack of respect & basic human compassion. Also, the facted that this was not brought to that teams attention later really bothered me.

   I did manage to turn it back & finish watching the show although I'm not entirely sure that was a good thing. Sadly the respect I had for Zak has been tarnished by this episode. In a location where so many Innocent people suffered & died there was very little care taken or respect shown. From opening the challenge with a member of the women's team burping the shows name to Zak making fun of one of the guy's coat & Zak's seemingly "blah. I'm over this episode" attitude at the end.

   While I have a problem with these types of shows turning the study & research of the paranormal into a "game show" of sorts, due to my respect for Zak Bagans I tried to give this show a chance but this "challenge" just gave me a hard shove over the edge. I hope it won't effect my ability to watch Ghost Adventures with the new episodes just around the corner but even watching the reruns of Ghost Adventures after Paranormal Challenge I could see it somewhat already has been.

   I know that if anyone reads this post I will most likely catch hell from Zak's fans, I don't care. Like I said, I never intended on writing anything about the show but after last night I had to. I won't go into my feelings on the teams...that would just make this unnecessarily long & off point.

   These are just my personal thoughts & feelings. If anyone who reads this doesn't agree with this that is fine & I don't mind a rational adult debate or conversation but if you'd rather just send irate & belligerent comments please get over it, grow up & move on.