November 28, 2012 09:12 PM by Ryan Haidet
After last week’s insultingly ridiculous episode as we were forced to watch Jason pretend he’s still a working plumber with Roto-Rooter, the TAPS team made its way to the Rochester Public Library in Rochester, New York. As a disclaimer, I watched tonight’s episode of Ghost Hunters from my bed where I’ve spent all day coughing up a wicked storm and battling an apparent sinus infection. Not a good state for me to be watching this show, which I have been very critical of this season. In fact, I went into this episode expecting the same exaggerated garbage that Ghost Hunters has recently been dishing out — especially after the nonsense displayed last week. On the heels of yet another amazing Survivor: Philippines episode, was this show finally able to deliver something worthwhile? The highlight was actually something that was really disappointing as the investigator-in-training Ashley Troub was reassigned and essentially removed from the show.
Many of the paranormal claims at the library are consistent with reports in other locations TAPS has investigated before. Many people have reportedly heard voices and seen shadows in the building, which is supposedly tied to two deaths. One of those includes a long-term librarian who had a heart attack there and later died. The library even has video evidence of its own in which one of the library’s doors is seen slowly swinging open by itself.
When the investigation kicked off, Jason and Steve teamed up and started peppering the air with questions hoping they might get some sort of response from whatever entity may be there. Jason started hearing moaning and footsteps before claiming to seeing a shadow. They then both freaked out when they heard the sound of something sitting down in one of the nearby chairs. “I don’t know what to make that out as,” Jason said bewildered. “We’re chasing something around here, or something’s chasing us around,” Steve added.
As Adam and Ashley walked around a maze of bookshelves, a voice was clearly heard. Since it sounded like a human voice, both of them stopped in their tracks and called out to see if somebody from the crew was there with them. Of course, there wasn’t anybody there. While some may believe this is proof of the paranormal, it truly sounded like a muddled voice coming across a walkie talkie. “Everyone else is accounted for, so I don’t know what that was,” Adam said. What do you think? Did they hear a voice from beyond the grave? After reviewing the audio several times, Adam and Amy weren’t able to determine with the voice was saying.
Meanwhile, Britt and KJ were having their own haunted happenings on the main floor of the library as both of them claimed to hear a voice accompanied by footsteps. Britt thought he saw something dart off into a room, but he found nothing. After that moment, Britt and KJ both excitedly said they were hearing noises that sounded as if somebody was taking a book and placing it on one of the shelves.
I was actually pleased to watch Tango and Ashley disprove the door that opens by itself. Instead of acting over-the-top and exaggerating every occurrence, this was a refreshing moment that was once a regular component of this show. To prove that the moving door was nothing paranormal, all the duo did was open nearby windows and watched the breeze slowly push the door ajar.
Toward the end of the investigation, Britt and KJ descended into the tunnels beneath the library where a woman’s body was allegedly found. This was easily the creepiest area they searched for proof of the paranormal. “Can you scream out loud for us?” KJ asked. “How did you die?” he continued.
Before the episode wrapped up, Jason and Steve pulled Ashley aside and basically told her that she was being transferred to a new training opportunity with the TAPS team on the West coast. “I get to go learn more still with the TAPS family and I think it’s gonna be good,” Ashley said in confessional. “It’s gonna be good to get the education.” I found this strangely odd that she was already cut loose from the televised TAPS team. The reason Jason gave was that it was the best decision because she’s from the West coast and would better benefit from learning with those guys. Weird, right? Despite saying that she’s OK with the decision, Ashley appeared uncomfortable to me. Hell, who wouldn’t be disappointed they were essentially being demoted and removed from the TV show? The sad thing is, I actually think Ashley’s addition was one of the best elements this terrible season actually offered. She was only given a few chances to prove herself since she was first introduced on the show during the Sept. 26 episode. I feel it was an awkward moment as Jason and Steve delivered the news. I’m sad for Ashley. How would that make you feel? I think Ashley is a stronger investigator than Jason’s daughter, but we all know that she won’t be getting booted off the show anytime soon. So unfair.
What are your thoughts on this episode? Do you believe any of the evidence TAPS captured is proof of the paranormal? What are your thoughts on the show as a whole since co-lead investigator Grant Wilson left? Do you have any paranormal experiences yourself? Sound off and leave a comment below.
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