What Did You Think Of “Aliens and Monsters”?

Posted by: Loren Coleman on August 4th, 2011

So what did you think of this showing? Go ahead. But bluntly honest. I can take it. Did someone shout out “creative editing versus high production values” in the peanut gallery?

10:00 pm
Ancient Aliens: Aliens and Monsters (with guest interviewee, Loren Coleman)

Loren Coleman About Loren Coleman
Loren Coleman is one of the world’s leading cryptozoologists, some say “the” leading living cryptozoologist. Certainly, he is acknowledged as the current living American researcher and writer who has most popularized cryptozoology in the late 20th and early 21st centuries. Starting his fieldwork and investigations in 1960, after traveling and trekking extensively in pursuit of cryptozoological mysteries, Coleman began writing to share his experiences in 1969. An honorary member of Ivan T. Sanderson’s Society for the Investigation of the Unexplained in the 1970s, Coleman has been bestowed with similar honorary memberships of the North Idaho College Cryptozoology Club in 1983, and in subsequent years, that of the British Columbia Scientific Cryptozoology Club, CryptoSafari International, and other international organizations. He was also a Life Member and Benefactor of the International Society of Cryptozoology (now-defunct). Loren Coleman’s daily blog, as a member of the Cryptomundo Team, served as an ongoing avenue of communication for the ever-growing body of cryptozoo news from 2005 through 2013. He returned as an infrequent contributor beginning Halloween week of 2015. Coleman is the founder in 2003, and current director of the International Cryptozoology Museum in Portland, Maine.

11 Responses to “What Did You Think Of “Aliens and Monsters”?”

  1. springheeledjack responds:

    I thought it was an interesting program. I liked the interjections of the various experts…including Loren and Nick. I thought the show rolled back and forth between multiple explanations…obviously the alien slant was the main theory–hence the show’s name. I’ve read my share on this topic too…Edgar Cayce had a lot to say about similar kinds of things involving Atlantis too.

    And I was happy to see the inclusion of the theories on India and possible nuclear explosions in our ancient past. I’ve read that before–a book by Rene Noorbergen…Secrets of the Lost Races, but it always fascinated and intrigued me.

    I’m not sure I buy all of the alien tie ins to cryptids–I think there’s enough going on on Earth to explain my favorite water cryptids. I was disappointed BF didn’t really show up…there’s all kinds of theories he’s related to alien sightings and so on. But for a lot of greek monsters as well as others, it was an interesting theory.

  2. trapper9990 responds:

    I really enjoyed it. Great job Mr. Coleman. I thought the episode made alot of good points and alot of sense. The truth is no doubt stranger than fiction, and unless some epiphony happens in our society we will never know what originally went on throughout the earths history. I dare to say with almost certain certainty that their have been animals and lifeforms on our planet that we cant imagine. I personally think we should listen to native american tales and tales recorded in our distant past. They had to come from somewhere, and it is highly inprobable that some person woke up from a dream and started recording visions of monsters. Im sure in those days, what was wrote down was of great importance, and dreams probably didnt qualify. I believe these people saw certain animals that existed that if we saw today would blow our minds. Who knows what our gov has found throughout history, what kind of fossils and evidence. Its very hard to say, we can only say for sure that they have found it. One day we will find out the truth, we just may be in for a long wait. Thats my humble opinion anyway. But again great job Mr. Coleman. I loved the show.

  3. Cryptidcrazy responds:

    Personally, I hated it. If I would have known, they would be showing sick, twisted footage of animal experimentation, I would have never watched. Just seeing those poor dogs, fused together like that, turned my stomach. It was like I was watching some Nazi medical documentary. I don’t care what the purpose of the procedure was. It was sick and I hope those people rot! There was no sense in showing that. It ruined the program for me.

  4. ammaled responds:

    Called me jaded. Though episode was well put together and informational none of it was new. On the other hand I am everyday reading and gleaming for all the crypto-paranormal esoteric findings that crop up with the scientific news of the day. I look for the tie-ins.
    Don’t get me wrong. I like when the paranormal is presented well and credibly. It validates what we have experienced or witnessed with science and/or evidence, historical and real time.
    I found myself looking at the channel guide during this episode.
    Except of course when Loren was on.
    It is good to see the people I have come to trust explaining these topics to the public at large in a scientific setting.

  5. semillama responds:

    I did not see it, but I do want to respond to something trapper9990 said, which was that he thought it improbable that people would wake up from a dream and start writing about monsters, and that dreams were not considered important. What is the support for this assertion? Native Americans, for one group, placed extreme importance on dreams, seeing them as an important part of their spiritual lives. And how many works of fiction were inspired by dreams? Coleridge comes immediately to mind. and a quick google search reveals that no less a monster than Frankenstein’s Monster was the product of a dream by Mary Shelley (and less a monster, those glittery abominations of Stephanie Myers’ Twilight series were also the product of a dream).

    I think it would be a grave error to underestimate the creativity of the human brain in constructing monsters out of poorly understood or observed phenomenon, just as it would to dismiss all historical reports and traditions of weird beasts as folktales. For example, take how the observation of fossils likely resulted in the creation of beasts like the cyclops (from some extinct elephant/mammoth) or the griffon (likely from observations of ceratopsian fossils, such as protoceratops).

  6. Cryptoz responds:

    I only saw the first 20 minutes of it. and wasn’t the Montauk Monster explained to be the decomposed body of a pit bull or something? the mouth looked like a beak because of the angle it was shot at. i guess thats why you said “creative editing”.

  7. stickyum responds:

    Except for History Channel’s “Shock n’ Awe”, Frankenstein-like section showing twisted-minded animal experimentations, the show was ok. As far as, the Montauk Monster analysis, it looks like nothing more than someone’s sick-twisted experiment in animal mutilation.

  8. Redrose999 responds:

    Dang it! I missed it. Loren, any idea when it will air again? I’d love to see it!

  9. Cryptoz responds:

    I wish we could have discussed the new release of Rise of the Planet of the Apes. Forget the Skunk Ape and the Fouke Monster, those apes show no mercy.

  10. Averagefoot responds:

    It was alright. I’ve seen every episode of the series. Really though, since about the beginning of the 2nd season they really started running out of things to talk about. They pretty much summed up the entire Ancient Aliens theory in the first season. At this point they’re trying to further elaborate on things they all ready covered that don’t need much further elaboration.

    I agree, that the animal experimentation stuff was very disturbing.

    Always good to see you on tv, Loren.

  11. corrick responds:

    Only my opinion, but I found the show embarrassing.

    Just the usual TV junk, psuedo-science full of speculative mis-information with almost zero rebuttal by any credible scientific sources.

    Aliens and Cryptids. Together for the first time! Sure must have sounded like eyeball heaven for the producer$ of this intellectual trash.

    Don’t fault Loren at all. He’s stated many times, TV producers cut and edit to their POV, not his.

    Outside of National Geographic, I’m almost always disappointed by the lack of serious scientific balance in cryptozoology programs. Animal X and MonsterQuest had a few episodes, but the rest?

    Sorry to be so negative, but science is about finding out what is true, not about what we wish were true.

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