Posted by: Nick Redfern on July 8th, 2012
I have a new post up at my Nick Redfern’s World of Whatever blog that demonstrates why I have a loathing for most paranormal, supernatural, cryptozoological, ufological and Fortean-driven shows of a “Reality TV” nature.
Here’s my opening words:
“Would it be possible – just once will be fine! – to see a supernatural, paranormal or Fortean-themed ‘Reality TV’ show that offers the viewer at least a bit of originality? It’s almost like there’s a book that all the writers, directors and producers consult before they lazily crank out the latest piece of tat. Perhaps there is…Here are, as I see them anyway, the Ten Commandments of supernatural on-screen ‘entertainment’ (in no particular order). There’s nothing positive about these commandments, however. Unless you view ‘predictable’ and ‘tedious’ as having merit – which I don’t.”
1. Thou shalt always have thy team comprised of more men than women. The former should generally sport some form of headwear (either a baseball cap or something befitting Indiana Jones). The latter should always be kept away from Manna from Heaven and the food of the gods. Anorexic-looking, in other words.
2. Ensure that thy cast doth drive a flashy all-terrain vehicle rather than a car. If that same vehicle can be filled with lots of cameras, weird-looking devices and advanced technologies – and bountiful shots of such items can be captured for the viewer – ye will reap rewards beyond thy imagination (that’s to say you will get your expenses paid a week early).
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