When Jack Osbourne is not chasing after ghosts in Portals to Hell, he’s scanning the skies for unidentified aerial phenomena in Night of Terror: UFOs. I like the fact he’s interested in everything paranormal, but I’m still reminded of who he once was when The Osbournes (2005) introduced him to Reality TV.
If most of that series was indeed manufactured for entertainment only, then I suspect he turned that around to create his own programs based on what he’s keen on. Jack’s passion is captured on video for all to see. But as for becoming an authority in the same vein as Loyd Auerbach or Nick Pope, something must make him change how he studies this world.
Thus, in Night of Terror, his approach is to simply witness it first-hand. This entertainment producer takes Jason Mewes and Jamie Kennedy to the Uinta Basin region of Utah to find proof of the existence of aliens and UFOs. Sadly, they don’t have any close encounters of any kind they can take home to tell the kids about. Nor do they witness a “Tear in the Sky,” which is better than what this piece of reality TV programming offers. What they manage to digitally record is either too fuzzy or granulated (they’re using consumer grade night vision technology) to say they have undeniable proof.
Instead, they attempt to understand what has happened from others who did have a face-to-face encounter.
It’s tough to watch this show because it’s very loosey-goosey in its approach. The background music jumps from humorous to tense, and Jack’s initial theory may have given the punch line away: he’s the Trickster god playing with our hopes and desires for alien contact. I did have a good chuckle when he decided to use ghost hunter techniques to find aliens. Who knows, maybe they are one in the same since they exist in another plane of reality.
But as for who can provide answers, Jeremy Kenyon Lockyer Corbell knows a lot more than they do. The ideas he offers are nothing new, but as for why this region exists, I like Jack’s idea. It might be like an arresting gear on aeroplanes. It’s a device that pops out to allow planes to slow down when landing on aircraft carriers. Faster than light travel is needed to travel between galaxies, and to slow down to approach a planet will require fancy tech or an unknown type of quantum physics to decelerate alien crafts.
Alternatively, maybe the basin is a wormhole, so other multidimensional beings can travel back and forth from our reality to theirs.
Another idea Ryan Burns offers is that what happens is more mystical than anything else. This owner of Spacewolf Ranch had an encounter with orbs of energy which can change its shape. Some ideas offered by him and others are very fanciful. I’d laugh out loud if it’s later revealed that Ozzie paid special effects artists to have fun with his son.
As for what the ancient cave art means, anything the local indigenous people say has a lot more credibility. They’ve been mentioned in countless documentaries. Also, the boys completely miss the point about paying tribute to the spirits, since they are not offering traditionally harvested tobacco and corn. They buy the white man’s equivalent from Costco–a pack of cigars and a can of corn–to litter Fantasy Canyon with. When Mewes is not a shaman in any sense of the word, he ought to be struck down by a meteorite and I completely agree with Jamie’s afterthoughts.
And as for whether this region has its own portal to the unknown, that’s left for History Channel’s Secrets of Skinwalker Ranch to figure out.
Other details in Night of Terror UFOs include making a lot of conjectures based on current theories. All this piece of weird online streaming programming offers is to show three boys chasing a dream, and camping out in hopes something happens. The camera crew following Jack, Jason, and Jamie probably filmed a lot more hours of footage that means nothing, and of the twenty percent, it became a special to put on Discovery Plus. It didn’t make the grade to go on network television.
Honestly, I’d rather watch Secrets of Skinwalker Ranch. Having established credibility with corporate entities goes further to justifying what’s being examined instead of watching three grown men gathering clues like in a Scooby-Doo cartoon. Plus, this rival investigation is ongoing than a one off that Jack Osbourne tries his hand at.
2½ Stars out of 5