One of my greatest guilty pleasures is Ghost Adventures, which I call the “best unintentional comedy on TV,” and I even wrote about the paranormal drama queens of Friday night some time ago. But I have to confess I’ve become totally addicted to the show, mostly for the wrong reasons, as I had been watching new episodes on my TV and DVR where they just get over the top silly. But Netflix has all of Season 2, so I went retro to see if the boys had always been so ridiculous in their ghost and demon hunting.
I have to say, after 25 episodes of the sophomore season I’m seeing Zak, Aaron and Nick in a different light. Yes, they are still drama queens (and it’s a TV show, so they have to be) but my cynical side has diminished a bit, and watching these episodes, I can’t see at least some of the humor is intentional.
I can also see there has been a serious side, too, when the adventurers did an episode that featured one of their gadget designers whose daughter had died in a car accident. Call me naïve, but at the very least I am convinced that emotional episode was genuine. I was also pretty impressed with the Tor House episode, and the ghost light in the Chicago graveyard.
And yes, there are some hilarious moments in Season 2, but intentionally funny. Zak’s trying to take the hatchet from the curator at the Lizzie Borden house was hilarious, as well as that creepy dude in the top hat with a cow in the Ashmore Estates episode. What is that dude on, anyway?
Now that’s some fucking entertainment, y’all.
And that’s the bottom line in Ghost Adventures. Yes, it can be cheesy. Yes, much of the “evidence” is feelings or things not captured on camera. Yes, Zak can be sort of be a douchey drama queen at times and really needs to lose that One Direction haircut. But the bottom line is they always entertain us. (I mean how can you not love Aaron and his reactions when they send that poor dude into the worst places?)
I love those guys… so sue me. Just take it all with a healthy grain of salt and enjoy the ride.