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Craig Charles (Lister from Red Dwarf) wants to believe, but he can’t do it alone in UFO Conspiracies. There’s some humour involved in this investigative television show on Sky. He joins forces with astrophysicist and journalist Sarah Cruddas to look at various cases, past and present. What’s presented only reminds longtime ufologists about those cases of ongoing debate.
These two work in a makeshift office and don’t have field agents to report in. Instead, what this show offers is something akin to Fact or Faked. Maybe they’re in this bungalow because they fear the Men in Black are coming. The fact it’s “undisclosed” says something. Video cameras are everywhere, and they can be hacked into when they are computer networked machines. In the way this series is filmed, I suspect it’s partly scripted.
I admire the later episodes when the two hosts put together the puzzle pieces. It’s rare to find any paranormal reality programming that’s similar to Beyond the Series. Their investigation into the Phoenix Lights is perhaps the best, since it offers material I do not recall presented elsewhere. To my knowledge, not even Ancient Aliens went into the depth as they did concerning who had seen these UAPs up close.
Another episode in UFO Conspiracies concerns Stephenville, Texas, and the other close encounters. Craig and Sarah get the idea it may fall back to what the USS Nimetz tracked from 2014 to 2019. They also discuss what the USS Omaha found with “Sphere.” Maybe the craft may be the same as what the residents of that Texan town encountered.
The series is enjoyable because the former lost in space actor looks invested. That is, he’s putting on a very serious face when it comes to accepting if what’s happened is indeed real. But sometimes, what’s happened doesn’t have the trail needed to get to the truth, and where it leads is nothing but what can be recalled decades later. When he’s executive producer, he’s able to nudge his show, UFO Conspiracies, into the direction it needs so we’re not laughing at what’s offered.
I don’t think this ten episode series is just a one-off. I’m hoping for another season since there’s a lot more to explore.
And when he puts on his trademark charm and snigger, a thought does cross my mind. Some viewers of UFO Conspiracies may say he’s simply pulling a rug under us. Long time fans will remember his role in BBC’s Ghostwatch; Although this mockumentary duped an entire nation, it left viewers polarised in what a pleasant reality TV program must do.
Episode Guide is on page 2.