Posts Tagged ‘Syfy


Glee and Ghosts

Sue Sylvester

One of my favorite Sue Sylvester (Jane Lynch) quotes from last night’s Glee: ”I don’t trust a man with curly hair. I can’t help picturing small birds laying sulfurous eggs in there and I find it disgusting.” This episode was rife with funny lines, most of them courtesy of Lynch, whose haughty, preposterous character steals every scene she’s in. I’m not a betting woman, but I’d put money on an Emmy nomination (oh hell, Emmy win!).

Then there were the uniformly solid musical numbers, including a scorching rendition of Jill Scott’s “Hate on Me” featuring the fantastic Mercedes (Amber Riley) on vocals and Mike (Harry Shum Jr.)  popping, locking and generally looking amazing. Plus Kurt in a fluffy angora sweater. I’m beginning to love these “kids.”

No graceful way to segue into…

Steve and Tango

Steve and Tango (photo: Syfy)

…Interesting Ghost Hunters ep last night: The team investigated historic Fort Henry in Kingston, Ontario. Military sites are often hotbeds of paranormal activity, which makes sense considering the untimely deaths that often occurred in these places. Lots of spontaneously opening and closing doors at the fort, including one that slammed shut on demand. Plus weird knocking sounds from behind a glass wall in the officers’ quarters and a ghostly figure glimpsed by Grant. All very creepy. There were also some big, fat spiders lurking about to scare the bejesus out of poor arachnophobic Steve, who wonders about his condition, “How did this happen to me?” The comic relief provided by Steve’s many fears and Tango’s reactions is one of the show’s charms.

Speaking of which, there’s a new GH spin-off coming next month. According to Syfy: Ghost Hunters Academy features a group of college students, led by seasoned TAPS investigators Steve Gonsalves and Dave Tango, who search for the paranormal in haunted hotspots around the country and around the world.

The commercial almost gave the impression of a competition with shaky participants freaking out, but the official description doesn’t really sound like “American’s Next Top Ghost Hunter,” which is too bad. That would be very amusing.


Wannabe Demon

ghost hunters
Back to the original Ghost Hunters this week. Nice to have the comforting duo of Grant and Jason back; ditto the hijinks of  Steve and Tango. The latter two are like a pair of bickering siblings and  I never tire of Steve’s many phobias, including a mortal fear of spiders (no problem with the paranormal, though). The Hunters’ first investigation involved an entity residing in a Massachusetts home that at first seemed inhuman and demonic, but later turned out to be a regular Joe:  a normal, human spirit acting like a tough guy. Grant and Jason figured that out when much provoking on their part in the house’s crawl space resulted in a few measly scratches on Jason’s calf. The entity was totally fronting. Still, not so reassuring if you’re the homeowner, I would think.


No ghosts tonight, thanks

OK, last night was notable mainly for the fact that I didn‘t watch “Ghost Hunters International,” for once.  I like the domestic version better. Just can’t beat the original duo of Grant and Jason. They have the  skepticism required to make the show even vaguely believable. Conversely, GHI’s Barry is spooked by everything. I’d like not to believe it’s because he’s Irish, but you know, there is that tradition of fairies and everything. Also, it bugs me that international ghosts are expected to understand English. Especially ones from the Middle Ages, when English didn’t even sound like English.

Of course, the GHI team do get to visit incredible places (castles and such) around the world, so the show is sort of worthwhile as a travel program.

By the way, does anyone think that SciFi’s switch to “Syfy” is a good thing?

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