Hosted by Giorgio Tsoukalos
#5 – Searching for Bigfoot
Original Air Date: August 22, 2014
Ancient Aliens Cast Member: Jonathan Young
Synopsis: Cultures the world over share a common legend of large, hairy bipedal beasts, giants, and wild, hairy men. This legend persists today in accounts of Sasquatch, better known as Bigfoot. Across continents, countries, and cultures, sightings of an unknown creature share a similar description. Descriptions of the creature agree on a large (tall and wide), muscular, covered in hair, and resembles a half-human/half-ape hybrid. What is this creature? Is it an unknown species of mountain gorilla? A legend? A hoax? Giorgio Tsoukalos goes in search of the answers and tries to explain a strange correlation between Bigfoot and UFO sightings.
Impressions: I’ve always had a fascination with Bigfoots, Yetis, crytptids of this kind. However, of the episodes so far, this one is the worst. Tsoukalos goes on a tracking expedition with one of many groups, but only stays a night. He spends more time looking at the technology than the actual search. The majority of the episodes deals with the ancient myths, legends, and the alien connection. I had heard the “Bigfoot is an alien” theory early on in my study. I’ve never subscribed to the theory. More than anything else, I find the lack of cryptozoologists and Bigfoot experts disturbing. Where is Loren Coleman? Where is Ken Gerhard?
#6 – The Mystery of the Cyclops
Original Air Date: September 5, 2014
Ancient Aliens Cast Member: N/A
Synopsis: There are ancient stories of giants on Earth. They appear in the Bible, and in Greek mythology. One such race of these giants appear in Homer’s epic poem The Odyssey. Those giants had a single eye known as the Cyclops. What were they? Where did they come from? Are they more than myths and legends? Giorgio Tsoukalos goes in search of the answers.
Impressions: Tsoukalos doesn’t go in search of the answers. He doesn’t even go in search of the cyclops. The title of the episode is quite the piece of false advertising. The cyclops gets mentioned a few times, but they have nothing to do with the episode. Tsoukalos goes to Malta to investigate ancient monolithic structures and a few odd skulls found inside one. It’s interesting, but not what we thought we’d get in this episode. The cyclops isn’t the star, but an afterthought. A vague mention in wondering if they built the structures. A title, in a way, is like a promise, and the promise of this episode wasn’t kept.
#7 – The Mystery of Puma Punku
Original Air Date: September 12, 2014
Ancient Aliens Cast Members: Christopher Dunn, Erich von Daniken, David Hatcher Childress
Synopsis: Around the world, ancient monolithic sites exist. They clash with accepted mainstream theories about archeology and history. All these sites share striking similarities which mainstream scholars can’t explain, only ignore. One such site is Bolivia’s Puma Punku. When was it built? How was it built? Who built it, and for what reason? Giorgio Tsoukalos goes in search of the answers to these questions.
Impressions: The series is back on track with this episode. It has the feel and presentation of an Ancient Aliens episode, and features three cast members along the way. It’s interesting to see key similarities between Puma Punku and other sites with photographic evidence. This episode holds true to the expected promise of the series. The ancient alien theory and theories of alternative history are on display and don’t compete against each other, but rather come together on an equal level as a way to theorize the who, when, and also the reason it has the appearance it does today.
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