September 05, 2012 06:56 PM by Ryan Haidet
After making his emotional goodbye on Ghost Hunters back on May 16, Grant Wilson is officially gone from the hit paranormal spookfest. Now, the TAPS team is moving on with all-new investigations without Grant there at their side. The episode kicked off with a very brief history from Jason Hawes explaining how TAPS formed. Grant was slightly mentioned here, but there was hardly anything else discussed about him and the massive hole he’s leaving in this successful show. So, TAPS started their new era in Charleston, South Carolina to the Old City Jail where Lavinia Fisher — America’s first female serial killer — spent her last few days alive before she was executed in 1820. It was definitely one of the most frustrating episodes I’ve ever seen, which ignited in one moment that was so stupid I think the show made a big mistake by including it in the final edit.
One thing that was clearly different about this new season was the voiceovers from Jason as he introduced the upcoming investigation to the viewers. It was actually very strange because there was nothing natural about the way Jason delivered it. His audio was stiff, dry and unnecessary. It just didn’t fit because it felt like scripted content was taking over. They should have let the people at location explain the actual paranormal experiences. The whole thing was just strange, don’t you think?
The Investigation Begins
After hearing some of the spooky stories about the Old City Jail, the team set up their cameras and turned off all the lights to start their search for spirits. Jason, who always had Grant at his side, was now teamed up with Steve. Ugh! That means the always entertaining Steve and Tango antics have been split up.
Meanwhile, based on her current pregnancy, Ami made it clear to the spirits that she didn’t want any of them to touch her during their investigation. As they made their way through the old building, the entire team started hearing unexplained sounds. Definitely not the most exciting way to start a new season. We’ve heard the strange knocking sounds before, so please stop making a big deal out of them.
The coolest thing of the episode came from a crew member of the show who suddenly felt like she had been scratched by something unseen on her hand. It freaked her out so much that she wanted to leave immediately. But what this crew member also provided was a very interesting element through a very brief comment. She said that throughout her time with the show that she’s never experienced anything like it before. Even stranger, she said that it was really creepy for her because she doesn’t even believe in ghosts. Hmmm. I wonder how long she’s worked on this show because it has been filled with paranormal moments that had the entire TAPS team convinced they had captured legitimate evidence. How on earth was this the first thing in the show’s history that had this crew member convinced? Not the chair sliding in the lighthouse years ago? Not the shadow walking down the hallway at Eastern State Penitentiary? Not the billion times the so-called spirits make their flashlights flicker on and off? Those have all been captured on film that they pushed off as proof of the paranormal, but her scratch was the one moment that made her believe? It’s bogus.
I find that short commentary from her very telling about what this show stands for — simply entertainment. I think producers were trying to show that even a skeptic couldn’t doubt what happened, but that’s not how it came across at all. Her statements should have been scratched out of the episode. Big mistake.
Throughout the remainder of the hour, the crew member, who suddenly decided she wanted to stay, complained of getting scratched over and over and over. “You’re not allowed to touch her,” Adam repeatedly yelled at the spirit. “Do not touch me,” she repeated. She then said directly to the camera that she didn’t want something attacking her, but kept on walking through the building. Hey, I have an idea. If you don’t like it, get out. Duh. But nope. We had to sit there and listen to her and Adam lecture the ghosts for scratching her. “Why haven’t you left?” she asked it. “Why are you scratching me? Tell us why you’re still here.” No, please tell me why YOU’RE still there. Why don’t you leave? You invaded the area. If there really is a ghost and you don’t like what it’s doing, why don’t YOU leave? Moron. I wonder if ghosts on the other side have their own show titled “Jackass Hunters.” This broad would make the perfect candidate for an episode.
During the big reveal at the end of the episode, Jason and Ami showcased some of the evidence they captured. Their “proof” included a strange whistling, unexplained footsteps, voices and, of course, the scratches. How could we forget those scratches?
I was so elated when this episode was over because it was so damn frustrating. I love these kinds of shows. I love anything to do with ghosts, creepy things and Halloween, but this was totally ridiculous.
Next week, the TAPS team travels to Georgia’s Camp Rutledge, the location of a “Friday the 13th” movie shoot. They’re also stopping in Marion, North Carolina to help a young mom who fears a ghost might be out to hurt her daughter.
What did you think of tonight’s episode? Was it weird for you to watch it without Grant there? Did you think they would have mentioned Grant more? Do you believe any of the evidence they captured is proof of the paranormal? Do you think this episode was as stupid as I did? Sound off and leave a comment below!
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