A&E does it again, by lowering the bar for paranormal investigating standards. First they gave us Paranormal State which at one time was considered to be the worst show in paravision, only to have it topped by Psychic Kids. Psychic Kids quickly received a pass by the airing of the Extreme Paranormal, which by the way as of January 19th 2010 at 10:29PM still held the ranking of paranormal televisions worst show. I am glad to see that A&E has not broke there trend and I would like to congratulate them on again airing the worst show in paravision, Paranormal Cops.
Paranormal Cops are a group of criminal investigators by day that investigate paranormal claims by night. It follows Founder Sgt. Ron Fabiani and his group of buffoons as they set out with the mind set that if they can catch criminals they surely can catch ghosts, I mean after all they are cops. The first thing I noticed is Sgt. Fabiani’s cliché trademarked cigar which in itself seems to have some type of paranormal ability to aport and deport at different times of the show. Not that I am dogging trademarks, many people on shows have branded themselves with things to be familiarized with. We have Bill Birnes from UFO hunters who wears his aviators, Paranormal State front man Ryan Buell with his director logs, Psychic Kids with their fake psychics and now Sgt. Fabiani with his fat Cubans.
So what’s wrong with smoking a cigar? Well just out of respect for the client I would assume an officer of the law would have better sense then to smoke while conducting an interview, way to reflect the Chicago police force Sgt. Out of common sense which this show seriously is lacking, I can think of about a handful of reasons not to smoke on a paranormal investigations. For instance when trying to obtain “unexplained mists” (no its just cigar smoke) or “phantom smells” I would think I might be wise to wait till you got home to light up your stogie.
Anyway after the client informed Sgt. Fabiani the reason he never called before was because he never heard of them (surprise) they proceeded to set up the typical equipment. We did get some new terminology for turning the lights off, not lights out, it isn’t dead time, go dark? Nope, its now called Black out. Though we did have to suffer once again with a black and green screen for most of the show I was relieved we didn’t have to see a thermal imaging camera. However we did have to see the forensic specialist (which I still am trying to figure out why their day job rankings has any reflection or correlation with the paranormal) holding a stick with a ghost meter (a cheap cell sensor E.M.F. Meter) and digital audio recorder taped to it.
Another well respected trait of a good officer is taking a psychics word as absolute proof, again please keep in mind that these people (cops) were trained in criminal investigating. I always admired that about real police force officials, taking the word of an individual with out conducting a thorough investigation.
During there amazing evidence review there were very concerning unprofessional assumptions. For instance they presented dust orbs flowing in the same direction paranormal. There reasoning was the orbs were following the same direction, what? Wouldn’t that make sense on why it’s a draft or air current? Wouldn’t that make sense why it is not paranormal? Also we saw a spike on an E.M.F. which was quickly considered evidence of direct communication…Oh I am sorry E.M.F. detector, almost forgot the name of essential equipment. The incredible investigators also picked up a couple of “class B” E.V.P.s and collectively this evidence was substantial enough to mark the case Code 3, which for us lay people means a definite haunting.
I would like to say thanks again A&E, hopefully this show will only last one more episode like the late Extreme Paranormal. I thank God Paranormal State is on next, I need to see something a little more realistic than this garbage.