Quick Take: Ghost Hunters, “Dark Shadows”
The only thing interesting about this episode is Seaview Terrace's history.
Review: Ghost Hunters, “Dark Shadows”
(S0317) The only time I became interested in this episode was when a clip of Dark Shadows played. It was brief — only three seconds — but it held my interest more than any other “anomaly” on offer. Most of this episode deals with our troop of investigators scouring the grounds of Seaview Terrace looking for evidence of the woman who haunts it. As you would expect, it is not very fruitful.
In fact, it really is quite astonishing that there are a group of people who can stomach Ghost Hunters every week. Ghost Hunters is more painfully formulaic than any crime procedural, and that's saying a lot since you can time the story structure of Law and Order to the minute.
The only tangible moment of joy expressed by the investigators comes when they hear a mysterious voice. Amy Gruni and Adam Berry literally flip their crap-holes when they hear the voice. Seriously, you can cure the common cold with their smiles. Too bad it's over a frakkin' whisper.
At this point I really cannot say much more about Ghost Hunters. It is what it is. I've discovered that the real entertainment value in the show is not in the content itself, but what it provides for the audience. A person may very well want to believe in ghosts, but does not have the time or money to investigate themselves. So what do these people do? They watch Ghost Hunters. It isn't the end of the world to watch it, but why settle for a show like this when there is a whole world of the paranormal to research yourself?
Ghost Hunters is food for the fantasy, but it is just that. A fantasy. I know it may be crossing a line saying this, but it's something to think about. Until then, enjoy another episode of after school-ghost awareness and formula. Oh, and apparently the old set of Dark Shadows is haunted. Whoo-freaking-hoo.