Sunday, February 26, 2017

A Sad Announcement

The life of a 16-year-old Fortean is a hard and stressful one. Don't get me wrong, I love what I do, but it can be difficult. I often find that people don't take me or my research seriously, often that assume I've simply watched a lot of "Finding Bigfoot" and "Mountain Monsters", and I seem to a get a lot of "well, isn't that cute?" as a response to an attempt to share research. That being said, I am still extremely lucky to have met so many amazing people that do take me seriously and have helped me in numerous ways.

As many of you have seen, I'm almost constantly working on some project, and I have tons of projects being worked on lately. Yet, one project lately has taken priority over everything else: Inside the Goblin Universe. The show was doing pretty well, we had a fair amount of regular listeners, we got huge names on the podcast, I was learning and getting better at audio editing, and I finally had something I could always lean back on if someone wasn't taking me seriously. But, like all good things, it was not to last. I don't want to go into specific details, I care not for drama. Long story short, I have been removed as a host of the podcast. I can't help but feel like some of it was because of my age. The show is supposedly going to continue, but I will not be connected to it in any way. 

Needless to say, I had a lot of soul-searching and thinking in front of me this weekend. I'm certainly not done with the field, I don't think anything could keep me away, but I wasn't sure if I was done with podcasting. 

If you enjoyed my show, don't fret, I'm am not quitting podcasting. I might take a little break, I might not. I don't know. I'm looking into a few possibilities (if you have any ideas, let me know) for continuing in the world of podcasts, but I'm unsure when I'll be back. 

I want to thank all of my listeners and guests and apologize to those who recorded with us but will never get to see the episode released. 

Monday, February 6, 2017

Crypto-television: A Series of Serious Series Reviews

Lately, I have been in a type of television conundrum: I love cryptozoology, but cannot seem to find any worthwhile cryptozoological shows on television to watch. So, I decided to go on a hunt through the recesses of modern crypto-television.

Monsters and Mysteries in America/Unsolved

I began my search with watching several episodes of the popular Monsters and Mysteries in America and Monsters and Mysteries Unsolved. The first aired in 2013 and ran for three seasons, and the second aired last year. Each episode looks at a handful of mysteries, most focusing on various cryptids. Their portrayal of the phenomena is pretty accurate and they generally get several researchers on to discuss cases and ideas, but the show tends to focus on the sensational aspects without any skeptical points of view. The show also recreates various cases with a person in a rubber suit and some B-grade actors -- the effect of which is quite amusing.

Mountain Monsters

This infamous show was also on the top of my list to peruse, largely due to the huge cult following this show seems to have acquired. After watching two episodes, I realized either the show producers or the team themselves don't care about accurate research. It seems that the bare minimum was done before heading out on a hunt. I think that the AIMS team uses the premise of monster hunting to get on television playing with their firearms. I have no problem with the show, in fact, I think that it is great mindless entertainment, but that is all that it is.

Swamp Monsters

Swamp Monsters is essentially the same show as Mountain Monsters but in the Bayou instead of the Appalachia. The team members of BEAST (Bayou Enforcement Agency on Supernatural Threats). The show only had three episodes and there isn't much worth discussing from any of them.

Finding Bigfoot

Finding Bigfoot is another show that has gained a large cult following. During the first couple seasons, the show did some pretty good research and investigative work. Over time, though, the show began to outgrow its stay and seems to be riding purely on the unending dedication of its fans. The show certainly isn't as bad as many people claims.

Monsters Underground

Monsters Underground has a simple premise: there are mysterious creatures that supposedly live in caves around the world, and this team is going after them all! The only thing is... there aren't that many that supposedly live in caves. Needless to say, the show didn't last long -- and the short time it did air was not spent terribly productively.


Monster Quest was technically the first cryptozoology focused show to be produced. It lasted for 5 seasons and each episode focused on a different cryptid or a specific regional aspect of a creature with a larger range. I personally love this show. Each episode did an excellent job of introducing the creature and several cases as well as consulting several authorities on the creature each episode. Something else that made the show unique is that they consulted the skeptical side of thinking as well, not just those who wholeheartedly believe in the creatures.

Killing Bigfoot

Over the past few months, the show Killing Bigfoot has been making waves in the world of cryptozoology, to the point that some disgruntled bloggers and researchers put together a petition prevent the airing of the show. The reason the show created so much controversy is the argument: whether or not Bigfoot should be killed in order to prove its existence. The show seems to have really relied on that controversy in order to raise viewership. Unfortunately, the show follows the same formula as Mountain Monsters and Swamp Monsters among others: a bunch of bearded rednecks with large guns traipsing the wilderness searching for monsters. Killing Bigfoot is nothing really new or special but is fairly entertaining to watch.

So, what is your favorite crypto-show? Let me know in the comments!