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Total Hoax from the History Specials -Space Aliens, Nazis, and exploding EMP played like reality with a 2 sec disclaimer at end
on December 24, 2014
This is for item # 180 - the devils graveyards. I watched it and must have missed the first part that said it was a fake and a load of BS based on a tales of the weird and psychotic document from 1972 but portrayed as real and happening in 2013/2014.
The film started off with a scientist's son killed by the family dog - complete with blurred/jumping found video type filming of the event (showed at least 4 times during the episode). The scientist is then in pursuit of the truth about what happened to his son and the episode plays like a documentary.
As the film progressed it started to seem more like an episode of Star Gate SG1. Don't get me wrong, I like Star Gate SG1 but I believe it should stay Sci Fi and not be presented as a history special. Essentially Space Aliens bombarded the Earth with energy to release a radioactive metal that is responsible for dead zones and mystery - i.e. Bermuda triangle and other places of mystery. According the episode Nazi's were aware and highly interested in developing this flux as a weapon but were mysteriously destroyed/killed in the process.
The grieving father has now discovered the area where his son was killed was a North Africa version of the Bermuda Triangle (cue strange music). There are 12 triangular zones in all (geometrically spaced across the Earth) including one that was neutralized by Hawaii by nuclear bomb testing. The scientist has collected core soil samples and thus has proof that all the areas except the zone neutralized by Hawaii contains the rare radioactive metal. He now has the top soil removed in the N Africa area and while the History special documenter is there they see it has been placed in a grid pattern similar to old photos from the massively destroyed pole area Nazi site.
This is seen as further proof of space aliens and it is discussed how global warming is not due to man but due to this potential alien intervention. Essentially given the technology and the pattern of the radioactive metal it could not have been placed there by human 10,000 years ago and must have been done from space (since the grid formation within a triangle is not a natural pattern). So to save the world (earth from slowing down, losing its magnetic protection, and the solar winds blowing off the atmosphere) the scientist team has devised a way to neutralize the triangular zones.
Then we are treated to a small test to neutralize the metal (which works) then to the scale up tests which fail 2 of them. Then the scientists, workers, and crew argue. The camera crew decides to leave for the night leaving one of their cameras accidently rolling. When the camera crew gets about two miles out there is a huge recorded EMP blast that when the crew returns next day there is no one around and total destruction.
Then the history special documenter states that they discovered some missing video from the internet webcam hook up that shows the last few minutes at the destroyed camp. Essentially a crew member pulls some cable across the site previously disrupted from the first two attempts and it sets off an explosion vaporizing everyone. Then there is hypothesis that this must have been what happened to the Nazis when they were investigating the zones and had the destructive accident.
There is a bit of pleading from the history documenter regarding how governments need to wake up to the danger to the world. At this point (and way before this) I am thinking this is the History channel on drugs. Then all of a sudden some words flash on the bottom of the screen for a sec or two. I run it back and pause it to read the words and it is a disclaimer that the episode is an enactment based on a 1972 document about the 12 triangles.
So why am I giving this one star. If this were an episode of Beyond, In Search of, or Ancient Aliens, I would say the production is good and the story is interesting. The actors seem a bit hammy especially at the end but they are enjoying their roles. We are just missing the bit where they say "ancient alien theorists believe".... However, this is a History special and the disclaimer is blink and you miss it. Granted most people are going to watch this and laugh. However, others are going to be baffled like the Mermaid specials (which did have tons of disclaimers) and think it is real. So the one star is for trying to push an end of the Earth narrative as reality and using the credibility (or lack there of now) of the history specials to promote it.
My recommendation is wait for it to go on Prime, realize it is total BS, and watch it for laughs with some popcorn (though the kid eaten by the dog video is not really funny however it is blurred but if you are scared of dogs it might give you nightmares).