I don’t know how to feel about this. TAPS, or as they’re more widely known, the Ghost Hunters, is finally saying goodbye.
The paranormal investigative team is hanging up their EMF detectors, their EVP recorders and their digital cameras. After over 200 shows, 14 years and 11 seasons of investigating, Jason Hawes, lead investigator and producer, and Pilgrim Films are closing up shop on The Atlantic Paranormal Society, and taking the initiative of bowing out before the SyFy Network actually goes and cancels the show.
It’s about time, I guess.
Watching Ghost Hunters week after week has got to be my dumbest ingrained TV habit. I started watching on a lark, but somehow couldn’t get rid of them. I mock and I scoff at their antics every episode, yet I can’t stop watching them. After all this time, they still haven’t gotten a single indisputable shred of actual evidence, yet people still tune in.
Despite the seeming futility of their quest, people watch them, I think, because of their earnestness and the way they treat their chosen subject matter: dead-seriously. You just gotta love them for their honesty.
Week after week, they lay out their cameras, equip their EVP recorders and get their EMF detectors ready for a night of investigating purportedly terribly haunted locations. And they always come up empty-handed, but also, curiously, still optimistic. We’ll get ’em next time.
Grant Wilson, the other co-founder of TAPS, already left the show last year, and along the way Ghost Hunters has gone through many cast changes and developed spin-off shows, and gave SyFy their highest rated program of all time. Although in recent months, the show’s gone down the ratings—a lot. I guess people can only take so much pseudo-science after all.
Take today’s episode, for example, Children in The Attic.
The crew investigate a yacht club in Ohio, where the spirits of children are supposedly seen in the building (mostly by the kid of the current tenants), former deceased members order drinks at the bar, and helpful ghosts save overburdened people from falling down the stairs.
The show has long since settled into its rhythm, its predetermined pattern, and it’s like that this episode: first, an introduction of the week’s investigation on the drive up to the location, then a short situational video and interview with the client, then the setting up of their equipment.
Then the actual investigation, which takes up the bulk of the show’s time: wandering about the rooms in the dark with their EMF detectors, talking to the spirits and trying to catch their responses on their EVP recorders, and generally mucking about the place the whole night.
Then the next day they “analyze” their investigation, and then the lead investigators go to the location to “reveal” the results to the clients—usually garbled voices and random noise or… something like that—but hardly ever a video, and if there is, it’s vague and dubious. Then a short wrap-up on the ride away from the location, a lot of self-congratulations, and then “on to the next!”
Every friggin week.
This episode’s evidence? Very faint “sticky” footsteps rushing past the hall, electronic white noise that could be, with the help of a couple of stiff drinks, whispers of ghosts, and a low “metallic” noise coming from a corridor. That’s it. As usual.
Granted, Ghost Hunters hasn’t gone down to the level of the blown-out dramatics and outright hysterics of other shows like Ghost Adventures, but they haven’t added anything either, and the show’s become stagnant and dragging, and prone to blowing up and making the most out of the slightest noise or wishful imagining of electronic garbled “voices”.
Well, at least it lasted this long, I gotta give them that. Ghost Hunters will have its series finale at the end of the current season.