I admit it. I succumbed to all the blog buzz last night and tuned into NatGeo’s new show ‘Chasing UFOs”. I don’t consider myself a believer…more like a healthy skeptic. I mean, really, has anyone ever presented that utterly compelling drop-dead piece of evidence that would seal the deal? NO! And yet there are those prized little nuggets that just can’t seem to be explained away…mini-nanites eating away at my disbeliefs. So yes, part of me wants to believe. But how? The nearest star is light years away. Practical interstellar space travel would require folding time and space - the energy required to do that is beyond imagination. Or is it?
My skepticism may reside in the fact that so many sightings seem to occur in the desert southwest, Fresno, Texas, Idaho and over tea party strongholds – places where potent weed, peyote, and government conspiracy theories exist in great quantity. It also doesn’t help that the news media prefers interviewing witnesses who sport tinfoil caps. But when you see astonauts, scientist, teachers, ministers, and soccer moms stepping forward at great risk to their social and professional credibility, the air of legitimacy begins to rise. Especially when so many claim they were later visited by hard men in black suits who came and took their footage away after posting them on line. If you want to read five good reasons why you should believe in UFOs click here.
‘Chasing UFOs’ features a team of ‘researchers’ who take to the road, tracking down sightings and doing their own investigative work. The team includes resident scientist Ben, researcher Ryder, and documentarian James. Ben is a bow-tied scientist and major skeptic that believes everything has a natural explanation and uses science to try to prove it. Ryder is a ‘kick-ass Laura Croft meets Nancy Drew and bitch-slaps her’ hard-as-nails investigator who favors busom flattering sweaty tops and is worth the price of admission all by herself. She’s a skiever – a skeptic who wants to believe. James is a true believer who has compiled some of the most impressive evidence to date and brought together people from all walks of life into publicly accessible symposiums to discuss what may, or may not, be out there. He is Fox Muldar reincarnated.
What is the real truth? I have no idea. I just know there are those who seem genuine in their admissions of close encounters and I believe that they believe they saw something extraordinary. I found ’Chasing UFO’s’ to be entertainingly harmless fun and occasionally thought-provoking. It airs Fridays at 10p on NatGeo. Personally, I would love to see a UFO and capture it on video. But I don’t think I would share it. I don’t want anybody dressed like a mortician visiting my house! Featured below is a compilation of June’s best captured sightings from FOanonymous.com. You might want to put on your tinfoil cap before viewing.