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A Halloween Guide to Ancient Aliens

31 Oct

By Ed Sum
(The Vintage Tempest)

Usually Ancient Aliens and the supernatural (ghost busting) do not go hand in hand. When they do, it’s mostly about parallel universes, how entities can travel about interdimensionally (wormhole travel), or why certain classes of angels and demons are actually aliens in disguise. However far-fetched the hypotheses are, they are just that until proven by some grandiose revelation that convinces everyone to believe. That means that the entity is tired of hiding and has finally revealed him or herself to the world.

In this age of the Internet, the alternative is to find overwhelming testimonies from many witnesses of varying occupations to say, “oh my gosh, this (fill in the blank) is real.”

This program is going on 15 seasons strong and it’s showing no signs of stopping. It may slow down as it’s running out of ideas, but for Halloween time, I thought it’d be fun to glance back at those episodes that truly have a paranormal theme. This list is better than the generic marathon that’s offered every year.

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LEGO’s Hidden Side Revealed on TV with Night of the Harbinger

30 Oct

By Ed Sum
(The Vintage Tempest)

Please check local listings for broadcast times in the UK, USA and elsewhere.
Played on YTV in Canada, Oct 30, 4:00pm PST

Spoiler Alert

Unless you’ve been avoiding going to the toy stores and have not been playing with LEGO’s Hidden Side product line, the cartoon series (available online) can easily be missed. To have a debut on television with a Halloween special (“Night of the Harbinger”) is a surprise; newcomers will be scratching their heads.

Jumping into this special is not as understandable as going back to fond franchises–Legends of Chima or Ninjago. At least with these older properties, it’s easy to tell one is an anthropomorphic King Arthur style fantasy and the other about Ninjas kicking butt Power Rangers’ style. Both were designed to help sell the toys, and the world building was fantastic. Hidden Side is essentially Ghostbusters the animated series, but with fancier tech. The products are cool because there’s an augmented reality component.

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Which Scooby-Doo Are You on Halloween?

30 Oct

By Ed Sum
(The Vintage Tempest)

Curiously, despite the Scooby Doo franchise being over 50 years old, there aren’t that many releases featuring the gang in Halloween-specific adventures. Although there’s a handful of works released during the month of October, they honestly don’t count.

I can only name two–Scooby-Doo and the Ghoul School from (1988) and Happy Halloween, Scooby-Doo! (2020). This romp marks Warner Brothers’s foray into uniting all their franchises by bringing in The Scarecrow from Batman. However, his warning to the gang, “You’re in over your head in this one,” goes unheeded.

They try to figure out what’s going on in this latest crime caper and meet Elvira. Her appearances with this franchise is synonymous with the season. Her appearance here felt more of an obligatory inclusion than anything else. I’d rather return to seeing the gang deal with their usual problem solving from the televised series.

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Sara Pascoe Out of Her Mind, or Out of her Head?

28 Oct

By Ed Sum
(The Vintage Tempest)

New episodes every Tuesday

For more information on Optik, Pik, and TELUS Presents, please visit telus.com/teluspresents.

When powerhouses Simon Pegg and Nick Frost are executive producing Out of Her Mind, starring stand-up comedian Sara Pascoe, you know there’s something to like about this show. This genre defying fourth wall breaking British program made its debut on BBC2 and residents of Western Canada are lucky to get an early exclusive. It’s broadcasting on Telus Presents, and this streaming service is available to OPTIK and PIK TV subscribers.

Unlike The Office or Malcolm in the Middle, this offbeat work is not just about Sara providing commentary on her life. We are literally looking into her mind. She’s chiding her conscious self for those gaffes and explains why her actions are a result of misfiring thought processes and chemical imbalance. No, she’s not going through menopause.

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