by Karen Frazier, Managing Editor
Paranormal Underground Magazine
I’ve got a startling confession to make. Before just a few days ago, I’d never seen an episode of Destination Truth. There was no particular reason for it – mostly I just kept forgetting to set the old DVR to record it.
Once we had scheduled our podcast with Destination Truth’s medic, Rex Williams, I decided I’d better get on board and watch at least a few episodes before I talked to the guy. After all, Rex was gracious enough to come on our show, and I figured I owed it to him to at least have seen his show a few times.
Luckily, Cheryl sent me a Hulu link to recent episodes of Destination Truth, and I dove in. What a surprise! I loved the show. Now I understand why it is so popular.
I probably had time to see three or four episodes before we interviewed Rex, and I quickly ‘fessed up to him that I was a newbie to the show, but that I’d really enjoyed what I’d seen so far. Then we got the interview started.
It was a terrific interview. Interesting and entertaining. And somewhere in the middle of it, I realized that I needed to watch more Destination Truth. The things that Rex discussed with our panel sounded fascinating – some guy being thrown in Romania. Chasing ghosts while wearing radiation suits at Chernobyl. What’s not fascinating about that stuff???
Since recording the podcast, I’ve been squeezing in an episode of DT here and there when I’ve had the time, and I’m not sorry I have. It is different than any other paranormal show out there. It is as much a travel adventure and a comedy as a pursuit of things that go bump in the night. I am thoroughly entertained, and am looking forward to being able to catch up on the two previous seasons of the show, as well as DVRing upcoming episodes from season 3.5, which, Rex assures us, will be terrific.
Here’s an example of how entertaining this show is. I have had a lifelong fear of snakes. Not just a fear – an absolute HORROR of the animals. I can’t watch them on TV. I can’t go into the snake house at the zoo. They terrify me. And yet, just last night, I sat and watched an hour long Destination Truth episode about the giant anaconda. Aside from thinking they were absolutely insane to jump into the Amazon at night when they saw a large snake in the water only to wrestle a 15 foot boa constrictor into submission so they could show it on camera, I barely got a heebie-jeebie at all.
This new interest in Destination Truth has taught me something else, as well. I sort of thought of myself as a paranormal adventurer. I head out and try different things in pursuit of the unknown. Now I know differently. I am not an adventurer. I have never jumped into an uncharted blue hole, flown in a plane that had its roof ripped off or run from a sand storm in the Valley of the Kings. And I sure as Hell have never wrangled a snake. The closest I’ve come to that is running away from a garden snake while screaming girlishly. My biggest paranormal adventure hardly counts as one at all. Once I fled from a cougar that we weren’t entirely sure was there – we just smelled cat urine and heard something crashing around in the bushes. All the while I prayed that I was faster than at least one other person who was running away with us. Classy.
While I, myself, am clearly not a true paranormal adventurer, it’s good to know that I’ve found a place where I can live vicariously through those people who really are. And so my DVR is set. When Destination Truth returns to SyFy on March 17, it will faithfully record, and the next morning after I complete my blogs, I’ll snuggle up with my dogs so that we can watch Josh, Rex and crew chase off in pursuit of another mystery.
Destination Truth airs on the SyFy Channel Wednesday nights at 10 Eastern (check your local listings). Season 3.5 begins on March 17, 2010.
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