December 05, 2012 08:07 PM by Ryan Haidet
Tonight, the most frustrating season of Ghost Hunters came to an end as the TAPS team returned to investigate the Mark Twain house in Hartford, Connecticut. They had been there three years ago to search for proof of the paranormal and decided it was time to try again. Since some believed some of the paranormal activity at the house is connected to the Twain’s favorite holiday, they felt it would be the perfect time to return. Only trouble is, this episode was filmed long before Christmas decorations started popping up. I mean, look at all of the exterior shots they had of the house. The trees were all green and it appeared to be quite warm outdoors because nobody was wearing heavy enough clothing to prove otherwise. So using the holidays as a reason for increased paranormal activity would be totally bogus here. What evidence, if any, were they able to capture?
Trying to conjure up paranormal activity, KJ read a letter aloud hoping to attract any ghosts that may be present in the room. He and Britt both claimed there was something that totally blocked the light out right in front of them. But of course, it wasn’t captured on camera. As they stepped inside the room, both had a very strange feeling that they were being surrounded by little kids who wanted to hear them read the letter. Moments later, they heard an unexplained banging sound. Later in the investigation, one of their meters was going crazy, which they believed was an indication there was something paranormal in the room with them. That all came before a loud knocking sound, which KJ said was “amazing” because it gave him goosebumps from “head to toe.” KJ also claimed he heard a woman’s voice, but it didn’t really carry through the TV whatsoever.
Meanwhile, Adam conducted his own experiment inside a bedroom of the house where somebody died. He did the flashlight test we’ve seen numerous times in previous episodes where they place a flashlight in the off position and coerce a spirit to turn it on. While asking random yes or no questions, the flashlights flickered on and off almost in response to Adam’s questions. This always comes across on TV as very impressive, but I have to wonder how close to the on position those flashlights actually are. A slight change in movement could cause it to turn on. So, naturally, I’m skeptical.
One element that we were constantly reminded of throughout this episode was a DVR problem they had the first time they investigated at the house. It seemed they were having some equipment issues again as one of the cameras suddenly went dark. It was cool, but nothing convincing enough to claim as solid paranormal evidence.
While I usually enjoy watching Tango and Steve investigate together, their work here was totally silly. Instead of being their typical goofy selves, both were extremely corny as Tango tried to impress the spirits with a magic trick. This could have been a fun moment, but both guys acting so serious over the lackluster magic trick that it came across as useless. And apparently the ghosts didn’t like it either because nothing happened.
During the big reveal of all their evidence, Steve and Jason showcased a very interesting moment from one of their interviews with people at the house. It involved a woman who was communicating with a male ghost who was using her to get his message across that he did not want to be bothered. That was a first-of-its-kind moment on the show and actually pretty creepy. The other impressive piece of evidence was an EVP recording of a female voice that sounded as if she was saying “I’m so cold.” Then there was a very eerie audio recording of something that sounded like a little girl. While the words weren’t clear, it was certainly very strange. They had also captured a very deep voice captured on tape as well. Thankfully, for once, the audio they captured this time around was actually very interesting.
Now with this season behind us, I hope the producers take a serious look at how ridiculous it has been. From the embarrassing episode where a crew member claimed she was being scratched, to the constant phony push to get viewers to believe Jason is still working as a Roto-Rooter plumber and finally to Ashley Troub’s sudden (and unfair) reassignment from the show, it’s good that Ghost Hunters is taking a brief hiatus before new episodes return in January. Hopefully they can bring the show back to its successful formula that fans fell in love with when it initially debuted years ago. It is just too exaggerated and phony to enjoy anymore.
What did you think of tonight’s season finale? What was your favorite part? Do you believe anything in the episode is proof of the paranormal? What are your thoughts of this season overall? Will you be watching next season? Sound off and leave a comment below!
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