Did you ever see a TV show so bad that you thought, “Who in the world is stupid enough to watch this shit?”
I feel that way about Paranormal State and yet, I must tell you, America, it’s me. I’m watching it.
I don’t know why.
It’s terrible. I mean, really, terrible.
If you have a problem with ghosts in your house, you would literally be better off to do exactly the opposite of everything they do on that show–and yet (or maybe because of that) I cannot turn away.
Last night’s episode saw them wandering around a haunted old insane asylum with a dude who had what they call a “Frank’s Box” which was some kind of radio receiver that supposedly fed the signal back in on itself and through which they could hear the voices of the dead.
No! Don’t think too hard about how a radio might produce voices. Argh. It’s too late, isn’t it? You thought about it.
Anyway, this week again there was a demon and this week again I was cheering for the demon.
First, because the demon stopped the Frank’s Box from working, and, really, ten minutes of static and playing “pretend we all heard audible complete phrases out of that noise” was more than even I can take and I’m not a minion of Hell. Second, because it brought that Warren woman and any time she shows up I get the giggles. If she walked in to just one place and said, “Nope, not feeling a single evil thing,” I think I would faint in surprise.
But, most importantly, the demon possessed the Christian medium…
And just for a second, can we talk about this? I have no doubt that there are Christian people with spiritual gifts and I have no doubt that this gift may often include receiving messages from spirits.
But I also think that it’s pretty clear that the Bible frowns on consulting with spirits. And so, if you’re going to call yourself a “Christian Medium,” you’ve got a little theological problem. I think there are ways around it. You might, for instance, believe that it’s okay to open yourself up to messages from the dead, especially to help them achieve some goal they can’t rest without achieving (so being a psychic detective might be okay). And you might draw the line a little closer, saying that you accept messages that kind of find you, but you don’t put yourself in situations in which you are looking for those messages.
And, hell, maybe you even just go for being a Christian who consorts with the dead. But, if you’re going to do that, I kind of want to know how you came to the understanding that it was okay.
Of course, no hint of that from Chip, the Christian Medium on Paranormal State.
Where were we?
Oh, the demon. Yes, so the demon possesses Chip and then, in what is clearly the highlight of the season so far, the demon/Chip yells “fuck you” at the director dude, who doesn’t even flinch, and then the Warren chick slaps Chip!
Okay, it wasn’t high drama, but it was certainly the best thing to happen on this show.
And then, I thought they were going to get all of the investigators together to “raise a cone of power” or some such other almost Golden Dawn nonsense, but it turned out that everyone just had to sit around and watch Director Dude, Chip, and Warren “open a vortex” so that the spirits could pass through. That amounted to them holding hands and demanding that the spirits basically have the balls enough to leave. Because nothing says “Go into the light, go to a better place. Escape the demon that’s tormenting you and ascend into Heaven.” like open hostility.
I swear, that show’s motto should be “The Least Amount of Good with the Most Amount of Idiocy.”