DATELINE: Cross Pollination of 2 Shows
Son of Hynek.
MUFON’s son of BLUE BOOK.
Leave it to History Channel to follow up the best episode in Shatner’s paranormal series with the worst episode, this about UFOs.
Once again we have History shilling its own various series, this time providing a boost for the next in line series,Unidentified, yet another variation on confirming the existence of flying saucers, or tick tacks as they are now called.
Shatner no longer seems quite as mobile, and he is all done up in his black leather suitjacket, but sits for the entire show. Well, it is understandable.
What’s inexcusable is to have him sit there and provide sound bites from the other hit series, Ancient Aliens. And, make no mistake, the experts of that show make a litany of appeances here, like Nick Pope, Richard Dolan, and the ubiquitous Giorgio. You throw in Erich van Daniken, and they are all spouting words they already spouted on the other series.
This cross-pollination continues, but there are some newer bits, like an examination of the 1953 UFO crash (these aliens seem to be bad drivers). It outdoes AATIP’s hosts when Shatner smiles when he talks about visitors from “where no one has gone before.”
One interesting detail is that the son of Project Blue Book chief, Dr. J. Allan Hynek’s son is now in charge of MUFON, the private investigative society of UFOs, and he appears here as one of the experts. We learn on the Unidentified show that he may be a bigwig spy.
Yes, they even force Shatner to use that old chestnut expression from Ancient Aliens several times: he refers to “ancient alien theorists.” Whoever they are.
We did encounter the expression “superulminal velocity,” which was a new one for us. That must be warp speed.
The best mystery solution series on television will now make an attempt to tackle the most over-reported, under-insightful episode of the UFO phenomenon: the crash at Roswell.
If there is a test of the show’s ability to provide clear, new approaches to some of these tired topics, In Search ofhas bitten off a big chunk of the conspiracy theory market in America.
It’s a subject with little new ground, and the opening discussion of Roswell quickly gives way to a lesser known event of 2007 in Stephenville, Texas. Hundreds of credible witnesses saw a mammoth vehicle navigating the air with unbelievable control.
When MUFON, the UFO research group came to Texas, they expected a handful of witnesses. But hundreds came by. The Air Force at first denied they scrambled to investigate, then a week later admitted ten F-16 fighters chased the object.
Nearly fifteen years earlier was an incident off Catalina that was only reported recently—complete with official government footage of a windowless, 50ft. craft that could maneuver around in air and sea. Disbelievers may be harder to find as these incidents multiply.
Quinto’s big gun is the trite crop circle phenomenon, but that too is where the show reached new heights. One scientist noted that the circles may be actual sound recordings. They seem to be created through electromagnetic sonar—and retain radio signals.
Yes, the sound patterns make shapes and can be a language. So, we have to tip our hat again to the best investigation series on TV.
DATELINE: Kennedy & Nixon & UFOs
Timothy Good is a retired British musician who has made a name for himself as a UFO researcher and prolific author (Above Top Secret).
The MUFON group produced a film of one of his lectures a few years ago called UFOs and Military Intelligence.
Like many of these filmed lectures before a hand-selected audience, they are not much cinematically. This one does have the advantage of many cuts to images and film clips as Good makes many of the usual points.
He did provide a bit of info we had never heard before: In 1962, about a year before his assassination, President John F. Kennedy requested and received permission to view dead alien bodies collected from some unspecified crash site.
Good said the viewing occurred in Tyndall AFB, but that might be disinformation. Kennedy often went to Palm Beach where his family had a compound.
It would be far more likely he made one of his frequent trips to Homestead AFB. He did so shortly after the Cuban Missile Crisis under the guise of viewing new weapons.
Indeed, President Richard Nixon reportedly took his pal, UFO fan and comedian actor Jackie Gleason to view alien bodies in “coke freezers,” as Gleason reported privately a decade later.
Gleason also said Nixon escaped his Secret Service protectors and drove them in a private car to the site. Nixon did often elude his secret service agents, and Homestead was about an hour drive from Key Biscayne and Lauderhill, Florida, where Gleason lived.
The drive to Tyndall was 8 hours and 600 miles. It is likely they went to Homestead, if the report is accurate, and it is likely the Air Force would have kept the frozen alien bodies in the same place between 1962 and February of 1973, when Nixon and Gleason visited.
In fact, nowadays, a fleet of presidential jets is kept at Homestead in case of nuclear attack, at the discretion of the President.
Homestead AFB is about an hour’s drive from Mar-a-Lago, the winter home of you-know-who. Whether Trump has been there is not known.
Timothy Good is now unable or unwilling to respond to email or letters (age being a factor), to see what more he can tell about the Kennedy visit in 1962.
Some theorists insist Kennedy’s assassination, one year later, was due to his attempts to reveal secret UFO files.
DATELINE: Strip Searched by Aliens
Brazilian authorities now report that four American Olympic swimmers have missing time among their possessions taken by strange beings dressed as police officers in Rio.
Ryan Lochte managed to catch a flight aboard a spaceship and has already landed in the United States. His fellow swimmers have gone downstream, and up the river.
Police and courts have now robbed several American swimmers of their passports and they are unable to return to Roswell, the scene of the crime.
Jack Conger and Gunnar Bentz were pulled off a flight out of Rio for discrepancies in the report filed with MUFON, an active part of the Rio police. Most Brazilians admit that Brazil is the place where the nuts are.
One of the relatives of the victims, Charley’s Aunt, was once caught in drag without a passport.
The swimmers were in bathing suits at a strange party outside the Olympic Village when they were embarrassed to be found in their birthday suits. They said everything was taken except for their cell phones. They had no pockets and held onto those.
Ryan Lochte instantly disappeared out of Rio as did his teammate Michael Phelps who did not attend the same party, but instead did not become roaring drunk and attend the alternative lifestyle extravaganza.
Rio is known for its nightlife and has outdone the phrase “what happens in Rio stays in Rio.”
Rio Rita and Chiquita Banana were not with the men when they returned from their ordeal at the crack of dawn. Back in the United States, out of harm’s way, Ryan Lochte said UFO reports are subject to “mischaracterization” when alcohol is involved.
Space aliens have been reportedly visiting Brazil looking for gold at the Olympics.