This past January, I wrote an optimistic article about a new show on A & E called Paranormal Cops. I watched the premiere episode, then read countless reviews about the show written by others. There were quite a few negative reviews.
The phrases to describe the show weren’t really unique: “It’s just like Ghost Hunters”, “same synopsis”, “same investigation style”, “same equipment”, “I was hoping for something different.”
Personally, I was disappointed to not uncover a unique reason why the show didn’t appeal to some of the reviewers.
Sorry folks, but I stand by my original statement from January that paranormal investigators must adhere to the same methodologies. Yet, even if they all did, the sad reality is that mainstream science is not going to accept “proof” based on evidence gathered from any reality show. To keep audiences happy, I’m sure the networks are looking for that one group that does something radically “different” for the entertainment of us all.
For single overnight investigations, the only thing that should be different are the personalities involved.
Most groups split over personality differences within the teams than over differences in methodologies. The unique personalities on these shows are actually what gets me to tune in. I’m not looking for proof when I tune into Syfy’s Ghost Hunters. Honestly, I tune in mostly due to my crush on Grant Wilson. Secondly, I tune in for the group’s passion toward the pursuit of some sort of proof the paranormal. What attracted me to Paranormal Cops was the different personality types coupled with something different: cop intuition. Cop intuition isn’t accepted by mainstream science. Yet, I believe in it enough to want to watch these investigators in action. Different people, same methods, same goals.
Some reviewers stated that due to the similarity to Ghost Hunters, Paranormal Cops was boring.
That statement confuses me.
Let me give an example that might make sense to the masses. Let’s say that you send Ghost Hunters to investigate a home. They gather the evidence and present it during the ‘Reveal” portion of the show. The next night, Paranormal Cops comes along to investigate the same location. Would the goal not be to replicate the findings of Ghost Hunters?
That scenario would be way too boring for most people, I know. Leaning a little too much toward scientific methodologies and away from entertainment.
While A & E debates on whether to air more Paranormal Cops episodes, I’m hoping that they, and the viewers, give this show the second chance it deserves.