Even though this show is in it’s fifth season on Syfy, this is my first time watching it. That’s not the title of the episode by the way, that is my question after watching it…
This series follows Josh Gates and his band of merry researchers as they check out haunted places and freaky creatures around the globe. First off in this episode, the team is doing something that they’ve never done before. They are returning to the site of a previous investigation. Next stop Romania!
The team is back to re-investigate the Hoia-Baciu forest. People have reported seeing lights, freaky apparitions and hearing strange noises. On their way to the woods, the team stops off at a local farm to interview some people…and milk goats. What the hell does that have to do with a haunted forest?! They finally get back on track with a less than excited camera operator named Evan. As a small plane flies over the dense forest we see a strange clearing. A thermal imaging camera picks up that this area is hotter than the rest of the woods. This is the site where Evan had a creepy encounter the first time around. He was sitting in this spot when the many cameras caught something pushed quite forcefully backward. I’ll admit that was a little creepy.
Hi-ho off to the woods they go, again. They make it to the clearing and Josh is the first lab rat to have to go sit in the circle alone for thirty minutes. Nothing happens to him of course. Then it’s poor Evan’s turn. With only a few minutes left Evan starts shaking his head and tries to run out, but keeps falling. Josh and a medic rush to his aid, and it appears that he is bleeding out of his ear. He reports that he heard a very loud ringing in his ears and was dizzy. The investigation is stopped and it’s back to Los Angeles to report on their findings. An EVP picks up what sounds like a child’s laughter, and we have Evan’s bleeding ear, so the team deduces that there is probably something to the eyewitness accounts. Yawn…
Next up the team flies to Belize to investigate the Tata Duende, which seems to closely resemble a spider monkey. In the drawing that was shown on the show it looked more like a mini werewolf with backwards feet. The fun begins with a trip to a market to buy fruit as an offering to local eyewitnesses. Josh, the corn ball that he is buys a wig too, because this will no doubt help their investigation, right? RIGHT?!
To make a long review short, I’ll cut to the chase. I freely admit that while I am interested in hauntings there is absolutely no room in my belief system for Big Foot, Yeti, Chupacabra or the Tata Duende. Through the night vision shots we see a jungle, we hear growling, which was made by howler monkeys, and Josh and some dudes head into a flooded cave and discover, nothing really. Just that one of them was bitten by a spider. Double yawn.
MY TWO CENTS: I am a big fan of GHOST HUNTERS, but DESTINATION TRUTH has an identity crisis. Is this a comedy show, or a haunting, creature finding show? Maybe they just have so little footage that half of their time has to be spent somehow. By the time they return to home base I didn’t care if they had real proof or not, it all just seemed half-assed.
You can catch DESTINATION TRUTH on the Syfy channel on Tuesday nights and On Demand.
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