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Ghost Hunters Recap: Moving On Without Grant Wilson

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.

Rigid Voiceovers

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.

Scratch That

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.

More Scratches

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.

Unexplained Whistling

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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14 Responses to “Ghost Hunters Recap: Moving On Without Grant Wilson”

  1. Mike Says:
    September 5th, 2012 at 8:36 pm

    I found it interesting that in Jason’s opening monologue that he mentioned that he “and a group of friends” had started TAPS in 1990. He then goes on to describe Grant’s departure by stating that he was a longtime member of the team. If you’ve watched the show at all throughout the years, they always listed Grant as a co-founder of TAPS. Was this a belated demotion, perhaps? Seems there was more that was brewing below the surface on his departure.

  2. Ann e Says:
    September 6th, 2012 at 9:00 am

    If Ami wanted to be safe than sorry,she never should have gone into The Old City Jail in the first place while pregnant…In fact she shouldn’t have to Charleston at all.

  3. Akram Says:
    September 6th, 2012 at 9:54 am

    All these shows are getting boring. The crew just won’t shut up. They keep talking, running after noises, thumping around, talking on walkie talkies… audiences can’t figure it out in the shuffling is the crew or unexplainable.
    also, why spend a few hours in a haunted place. How about a week and then collect all the tangibles. same complain wit “destination Truth”.

  4. v connelly Says:
    September 7th, 2012 at 1:33 pm

    I totally agree about the comments the crew member makes after she is scratched the first time. Every time she is scratched after that seems to provide an opportunity to make her lift up her shirt or roll down her pants. I was teen age ghost hunter porn.

  5. Jena Says:
    September 12th, 2012 at 6:16 pm

    Hagar is a fake, the “scratches” were faked and it was just a tactic to make high ratings.

  6. Steve Says:
    September 12th, 2012 at 6:39 pm

    I stopped watching this show in 2008 when I saw a string Grant pulled move his coat and a lot of others saw it too and called them out on it.

    But tonight I was flipping through the channels and came across this episode.
    How many times has this show cut to a commercial with a member screaming in fear and when we return its just an insect.
    Ridiculous.

  7. N. DeVriese Says:
    September 13th, 2012 at 9:06 pm

    I can’t believe this show used to draw me in like a deer to headlights. It’s like watching a bad horror b-movie at best. I don’t blame Grant for leaving this story. And even if it is the other way with Syfy making him leave, I wanna punch whoever made Grant leave… Atleast he made the show good. Now, I’d rather watch Teletubbies than this new GH. Thanks Syfy for being as stupid as the original movies you show.

  8. concerned Says:
    September 19th, 2012 at 7:29 pm

    Tonight was just to promote Homosexuality. :(

  9. Shmoeman Says:
    September 20th, 2012 at 12:56 pm

    Sorry, but I completely disagree with you. The Sept. 19 episode was completely boring, whereas the first two featured stuff we had not seen (on this show) before with the scratches and much better EVPs than they have recorded in years.

    I prefer the new style. Miss Grant, but more stuff like the first two is what is needed. Who the heck cares that Steve and Dave recorded a 0.01 or 0.02 on their EMF detectors? Really???

  10. Gail Says:
    September 20th, 2012 at 9:06 pm

    Sorry if you can’t accept other people but it is nice you can feel so self-righteous. If you didn’t know Adam was gay, I don’t know what you have been watching.
    Now, I also hate Jason doing a narration. It is better when the owners of these places tell their stories. Also, if Steve is shouting it’s usually a bug. It seems like the idea of trying to find the causes of the events has been lost – now dust particles are being called spirits, every noise is a ghost and constant talking and swearing is making it as bad as ‘Ghost Adventures” which next to “Honey BOO Boo” is the second worst show on TV. I hope the old Ghost Hunters return and get back into the more scientific aspects of these investigations.

  11. Chicago Says:
    October 24th, 2012 at 7:49 pm

    You guys seem so stiff! Give it up Jason….I’m 61 years old and I loved your program and it’s sounds so phony now.

  12. Chicago barb Says:
    October 24th, 2012 at 7:58 pm

    Seems like everyone is reading from a TelePrompTer. Jason doesn’t seem interested in what he’s doing anymore. KJ talks too much and his daughter being there is like a guest host, keep the original crew. Jason if you’re not interested anymore, then give it up! I lord knows you dont need the money anymore. Loved your show but it’s not the same as it was with Grant.

  13. Qwerty Says:
    July 21st, 2013 at 8:48 am

    I GAURANDAMNTEE y’all that the crap gh is pulling off half way through the franchise of gh till now and when they booted ashely troub of the team and sent her back to the west coast…..in another season or two gh will be cancelled. Look at ghi it’s getting cancelled or got cancelled by now cause of the decline in the ratings and the crap It was pulling off. But to some extent I thought I would never say this but ga is a hell of a lot better than gh right now. Gh is doin what ga has been going since ga was on. And since grant left gh…..the show is not what it’s used to be

  14. Qwerty Says:
    July 21st, 2013 at 8:58 am

    By the way to y’all that had thought grant left because some one made him, or he left because of he was forced, or other stupid half ass reason…..I hate to burst y’all bubble but if you’ll go through to find out some sites on why he left…you’ll see why he left for the reasons why. And if you think about it if you were him and you have been traveling since the entire gh began and you weren’t home majority of the time, the where and tear, other stuff…wouldn’t you leave gh? And to pursue othe projects? I would.

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