Friday night was a two-episode premier of Chasing UFOs on the National Geographic Channel. The new series follows a team of investigators comprising of UFOlogist James Fox, ′radiation scientist′ Ben McGee and the lovely, techno-babe Erin Ryder. There′s a name for a gal in a James Bond movie, and she has the looks to be one, too! The first two episodes track our heroes through mas UFO sightings in Central Texas which occurred between 2008 through 2010, and a wave of sightings in the area around Fresno, California. There were many similarities in both cases as many witnesses reported seeing a massive, triangle-shaped object a mile long which moved without a sound. But did the team find any concrete evidence of alien spacecrafts visiting Earth?
As many of my regular readers know, I love this kind of stuff! I′ve been a UFO buff for 40-plus years. So I had high hopes that this would be a good TV series, especially given that National Geographic was putting their brand on it. But call me stupid if you will, it would seem to me that the best time to investigate a site for possible UFO evidence is during daylight hours. However, our team of heroes seem to be night people, running about the countryside wearing their ′Blair-Witch′ low-light-video head gear. How they expect to find anything in the pitch black of night is as big of a mystery as the UFO phenomenon itself.
About the only thing these knuckleheads do come across are wild boars in the midnight mist. James Fox gives a great performance from the killer rabbit scene from Monty Python and the Holy Grail. RUN AWAY!!! RUN AWAY!!! Now the team does interview many witnesses during the show and we see some generally ambiguous video recordings of lights in the sky. Some of these interviews were interesting.
All in all, I was disappointed with the premier of Chasing UFOs on the National Geographic Channel. James Fox, Ben McGee and Erin Ryder had better come up with some better material for future episodes. I may not be a professional UFOlogist, but I′d bet that I could come up with a better presentation for UFO fans like myself. So ditch the ′Blair Witch′ camera head gear and maybe do more daylight exploring, guys.