Ancient Aliens: Season 1
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Includes all five revealing episodes.
DISC 1: The Evidence / The Visitors
DISC 2: The Mission / Closer Encounters
DISC 3: The Return / Bonus
BONUS FEATURE: HISTORY Special - Ancient Aliens: Chariots, Gods and Beyond
In "The Visitors," "The Mission," and "Closer Encounters," the show travels to Peru, Mali, Iraq, and other locations to discuss elongated skulls, cattle mutilation, and primitive stargazing (the theory that King Tut might have been part-alien seems pretty far-fetched). Further references to the Knights Templar and the Ark of the Covenant, which some believe lies beneath an island in Nova Scotia, bring Spielberg blockbusters, like Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark, to mind. The series concludes with "The Return," a look at sightings and attempts to communicate with aliens by NASA and SETI (Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence).
Like von Däniken's controversial bestseller, Ancient Aliens presents intriguing data but calls for a healthy degree of skepticism, since there's more speculation on offer than verifiable fact (the boisterous Swiss scribe also appears in the program). The academic speakers make valid points, but a few experts seem less credible. It's easier, for instance, to trust an MIT or UCLA scholar over a radio host or crop circle researcher. This three-disc set concludes with a bonus episode, "Chariots, Gods and Beyond," which surveys the links between theology and ancient astronaut theory. --Kathleen C. Fennessy
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Consider the following:
** How is it that the ancient Mayan calendar is more accurate than our own if the ancients were so primitive?
** What are the pyramids really for? They're located across the globe, not just in Egypt.
** Could primitive people really move solid blocks the size of train cars with only ropes and ramps to build the pyramids? Did they really bring the quartz and granite, which is only found many miles away in most cases, to the construction site, again, by pulling train car sized chunks with ropes?
** Why are there ancient artifacts and glyphs which look identical to jet airplanes that we use today?
** Did ancient Egyptians use electricity to light the internal chambers of their monuments and pyramids?
** Were the Nasca lines actually landing strips for ancient flying craft?
** How was the top of an entire mountain range artificially removed in ancient times to create the plateau where many of the "landing strip" type Nasca lines are located?
There are so many mysteries about the ancients....
** How they built such monumental megalithic structures that we would be hard pressed to attempt to build even today ** Why they had astronomical maps and maps of the Earth that match ours today, yet our maps only became as accurate as the ancient ones in the last 50 years.
** Why does every ancient religion indicate their "Gods" descended from the sky, heavens, or space bringing knowledge to their peoples?Read more ›
So I enjoy the inquisitive nature of this series. I also find much of the archaeological and historical data to be quite provocative; many of these seem to require broadening our prior understandings and conceptualizations of ancient cultures to fit finds like aerodynamic carved sculptures that are essentially gliders capable of actual flight and exceedingly similar stories and depictions of 'god-like' or powerful beings from the sky, from cultures on opposite sides of the globe, and etc. This series is not short on data that is mysterious and hard to write off as coincidental.
But, just as often as the series brings up 'conventional' explanations that seem unsatisfactory for the data, the Ancient Alien Theorists make blindingly erroneous, or at least baseless, leaps of logic, connect way too many ideas with very separate historical/mythological contexts and artifacts/phenomena. At the very best, the AA-Theorists are way to generous in equating their 'what-if' speculations with logical conclusions from the data; at worst they are simply cramming their favored explanations into the data provided at the expense of much simpler explanations (Occam's Razor).
For example, at one point (I believe in Episode 4) a tenuous connection is made between present-day atomic weapons and the biblical story of the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah, based on the merit of both being fiery explosions and because Lot's wife was told not to look back at the explosion, which is also similar advice given to people observing the first atomic tests.Read more ›
The entire documentary is NOT a collection of stories or whack jobs sharing ideas on creation. This spans many different topics whether it be human creation, building of the pyramids etc. All pointing the finger towards alien intervention and scientifically supported or debated.
The video and audio quality is fantastic, there are a few short scenes of old footage that were clearly not transferred over into HD but it's few and far between. If you're looking to spark the imagination and open your mind to other possibilities then this is for you. It's a well done program worth watching, especially on Blu-ray.
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I am such a fan of this TV series! Season 1 is quite academic and serious, but well worth watching.Published 6 days ago by Missy Bookblitz
Awsome series. Even for the ones who object their theories, You still can get something from their display of facts,history and anthropological studies. Read morePublished 10 days ago by thegbunz
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What I want to know is, can I just buy Seasons 1 & 2, and ignore the Ancient Aliens first DVD or will I be missing cool information? In other words, Is the information from the first DVD just repeated in the Seasons?
Jul 24, 2011 by Hal | See all 5 posts
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Es importante que Ancient Aliens publique sus trabajos en espanol , ya que solamente en los Estados Unidos , vivimos mas de 55 milliones de hispanos.
Apr 20, 2013 by yosie | See all 3 posts
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