I’m going to bitch about the Sci-Fi Channel again

This channel has become a clearing house for pseudo-science, wild conspiracy theories and supernatural claptrap. It started with the success of Crossing Over with John Edward and now they have a whole night dedicated to programs that masquerade as investigative endeavors. They’ve resurrected the show In Search Of…, but where the old show narrated by Leonard Nemoy was actually trying to make an honest investigation in the topics it covered. This new show narrated by the X-File’s Mitch Pileggi does little more than regurgitate the same old urban legends and sensationalist myths as is common in most occult book stores. The episode on my television right now has them going ‘in search of’ psychic spies. The story is focusing on people who supposedly have an ability called remote viewing. The show mentions the fact that the CIA had a program that was set up to see if this ability was real and could be developed for use in the spy trade. Former US Army Major Ed Danes has just shown up (he’s often the one promoting this crap) which is ironic as he was just on Unscrewed the other night. What they haven’t mentioned yet is the fact that this program was canceled years ago because it was an utter failure (something that was brought out on Unscrewed). Now they’re supposedly testing one of Ed Dane’s students. The test itself isn’t set up as a double blind test and naturally they’re already saying that the results are “astounding.” Oh, by the way, did you know that Ed Danes claims that anyone can learn to do remote viewing and he just happens to run a business that purports to teach people how to master this technique? They’re claiming that Ed Danes has been called in on a number of important events such various plane crashes and the search for the Unibomber. They don’t bother to mention if anything he had to contribute was useful for those investigations, but they sure make it sound important. Note that the Unibomber was at large for over a decade before his brother turned him in. If the results the show presents are true (the student manages not only to locate the target as being at the airport, but in a specific restaurant at the airport) then one wonders why they weren’t able to locate the Unibomber with equal accuracy.

The rest of the shows they air on Tuesday night aren’t much better. This annoys the hell out of me because the motivation behind these shows is the fact that belief in the occult and pseudo-science is on the rise and these shows are designed to pull in ratings, not actually reveal any kind of truth. It promotes and encourages people to buy into this crap making them easy targets for scam artists such as Ed Danes.

15 comments

  1. I’ve been disappointed in the Sci-Fi Channel from day one. I’m not sure what I was expecting in the first place, but it just never seemed to click for me. It started with a bunch of Twilight Zone, Star Trek et al reruns and schlocky movies, moved on to original series, then found success with the paranormal/reality stuff. It’s not surprising that it’s going heavy on the paranormal slant—Spielberg’s ‘Taken’ was, I believe, the highest-rated show ever for the channel.

    Like many single-focus networks (Weather Channel, TVLand, etc.), Sci-Fi feels the pain when advertising dollars dry up, as has been the case the past couple of years. When that happens, the reaction is to broaden your viewership base. You do that by stretching the limits of what you can put on the air and still retain some of your identity. Remember for a while, Sci-Fi was airing movies like ‘Big’ (Tom Hanks), with the flimsy justification that they had enough fantastical elements in them to fit in with their usual offerings?

    Anyway, the only thing I ever watch on the channel is MST3K reruns, and occasionally whatever comes on right after that on Saturday mornings.

  2. When they canceled Farscape & replaced it with Tremors: the Series, you *knew* they had completely replace grey matter with fecal matter.

  3. Just came across your site and wanted to comment. The recent (Oct, Nov. 03) sun flares which we have all witnessed is aleged to have been “viewed” by Ed Dames as long ago as two years. He calls the current unrest of our sun the “shot across the bow” and that slowly the suns activity will increase to the point where satalites and the north American power grid will suffer from these solar storms. The only way to determine if he is for real is to see if satalites are taken out and to watch for the jet stream to “hit the deck.” I’ve never really put much stock in Mr. Dames but how did he know about the activity of our sun….hmmmm
                John

  4. Who says he knew anything about it? If you didn’t hear about his “predictions” until after the solar activity started up then they’re not much in the way of “predictions.” I’ll bet you I can predict which football games the Lion’s win the day after they play them with 100 percent accuracy!

  5. I am confused.  Your talking about sci-fi channel,  but Unscrewed is on techTV.

    Your speaking of ed dames, but your spelling his name wrong.

    I do agree however that his company is a rippoff.  I signed up for his class and I was unhappy to find out that this company is falling apart, and they took my money and ran.

    If this guy ever has anything going for him I just can’t see it anymore.

  6. les,,

    the guy predicting lions wins after they win them does not have a very busy job…(not being a punk, just a humorous jab.)

    (christians never have been to big of a fan of the lion!!)

  7. ag0g0girl, yes I know that Unscrewed is on TechTV, I only mentioned it because they had Ed Danes on a show previous to the episode of “In Search of…” I was watching when I wrote this article. And I’m not sure whom you’re speaking of, but the guy I was writing about spells his name exactly the way I wrote it.

    Randall, I agree, but that wasn’t really my point at the time. I’m not a sports fan, I was just using it as an analogy. From what I understand the Detroit Lions suck pretty badly so it’s probably pretty easy to predict whether they’d win before the game, let alone afterwards. grin

  8. HI RANDALL,
    FIRST TIME USER OF THE INTERNET, AND I MUST SAY YOU HAVE AN INTERESTING SITE. I WOULD LIKE TO COMMENT ON ED DANE REMOTE VIEWING. I HAVE ALWAYS REMOTE VIEWED EVEN BEFORE IT WAS CALLED THAT. I CALL IT THE FINAL OUTCOME. THE TURTH ABOUT REMOTE VIEWERS IS THAT THEY CAN GIVE YOU AN EVENT, SOMETIMES A PLACE OR OUTCOME BUT THEY HAVE A VERY DIFFICULT TIME, DECERNING WHEN THE EVENT IS TO OCCURE. I MOST CERTAINLY CAN UNDERSTAND YOUR FUSTRATION, SINCE MOST OF THE PEOPLE WHO CLAIM THEY HAVE THIS GIFT ARE JUST FAKES. ED DANE CLAIMS THAT ALL PSYCHICS ARE FAKES! WHICH CONFUSSES THE HELL OUT OF ME! I KNOW THAT IT TAKES PSYCHIC ABILITY TO REMOTE VIEW. SO I BELIEVE THAT REMOTE VIEWERS ARE TRYING TO DISCREDIT THE TRUELY GIFED ONES WHO’S MISSION IS SOULY TO HELP OTHERS……LOVE & LIGHT RHONDA
    PS. MY HUSBAND IS A GREAT FAN OF YOURS, KEEP UP YOUR AWSOME CONSTRUCTIVE COMMENTS…………..

  9. “HI RANDALL,
    FIRST TIME USER OF THE INTERNET, AND I MUST SAY YOU HAVE AN INTERESTING SITE”

    Well, ouch, Les.

  10. Heh. That’s happened before and it doesn’t really bother me. Considering the content of her reply I’d hazard that there’s not enough brains in her head to figure out who’s website it is.

    Besides, the thought of Randall being considered a Stupid Evil Bastard is amusing enough to make me chuckle.

  11. Hey Les,

    I must say that I think your site is pretty cool. Though I do not agree with all of your statements, however, I am sure you know that opinions are assholes anyhow. I understand that your atheist as your stupid evil stats display and I don

  12. Hopefully they will change their decision making process and not make bad adaptations of old sci-fi classics like Battlestar Galactica, OI VEY! What were they thinking?? They didn�t even tell the story well� and that too was poorly researched. At any rate, keep up the good work if being a Stupid Evil Bastard�.
    ———————————————————————————

    Galactica is a sci fi classic? It is now, but the original is certainly a piece of crap! Ironic, isn’t it!

  13. Regarding Ed Danes…

    Get this and listen to it.

    Coast to Coast Radio April 10 2004 4 Hour Program.
    Start at Hour 2, 3 mintues and 20 seconds.

    What if?

    Oh yeah… and study everything about space and physics that you possibly can.  Then ask yourself, would that happen if that happened?

    http://sohowww.nascom.nasa.gov/

  14. Coast to Coast rocks, most of the time.

    Sometimes it sucks. But if you listen to the right guests, it’ll make you think…and call..

    I like George better than Art, but they are both great. Gotta listen when Art is talking to someone he obviously thinks is a little off.

    Jeff the NeoPagan – are you familiar with the PEAR and Global Consciousness projects at Princeton University?

    http://noosphere.princeton.edu/

    But, anyway, just wanted to let everyone know that I have finally achieved the lifelong dream of finding a religion that made sense…

    I am a Bootyist
    I practice Bootyism.
    check my Bow Wow doggystyle…

    Heh.

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