the review are in

Assault of the Two-Headed Spacemules

Recently, I had the great pleasure to be a guest on Douglas Arthur’s podcast – Assault of the Two-Headed Spacemules.  Doug is a Facebook friend and a fellow fan of the Stuck in the 80s podcast and blog.  Doug’s show is a laid back conversational look at pop culture.

He and I have an affinity for the 70s/80s syndicated paranormal investigation show – In Search Of…  We saw that the entire series had been released on DVD and thought it would be fun to do a show on it.

So we did!

I enjoyed our chat.  You might, too.

However, as I stated in the title of this post, the review (not a typo, there’s just one, so far) are in!  And this reviewer wasn’t as pleased as I was.

 
Harry Canarri is a Facebook friend and a semi-regular listener of my show, Dimland Radio.  He decided to share his thoughts.  He didn’t care for the talk.  I think he went in with expectations of a different kind of show.  I include his review below with no other comment than…

Enjoy!


 
“Trumping Skepticism with a Brand of My Own” … Just yesterday, I heard a rebroadcast of an extremely low-rated program (stuck somewhere in cyberspace with no help on the way) dedicated to a wonderfully intriguing TV series from my childhood, “In Search of…”.
 

Featured on this particular show was Jim “Dr Dim” Fitzsimons — a proud member of Harry Canarri’s 50c Bunch on FB — presumably to inject an air of skepticism to this particular airing; where Jim goes, so goes skeptical content. And one cannot be sure whether on not the process is voluntary, either.
 
The host (not to be supported through naming) came off as well-spoken as Jim, but devoid of the geeky, snickering tone. Unfortunately, he established very early on that we were in for a softball interview: the Good Doc fired the first shot when he took exception to the host’s claim that the supposed Bigfoot in the famous Patterson film [that surreal footage of a primate-looking creature looking back and scurrying away from a cameraman rather close up] was an admitted hoax, as the man in the furry suit eventually came forward — only to have said man’s credibility challenged by Dim! But when the rebuttal amounted to an lamb-like retreat…ughhhhhhh.
 
I found that segment entirely uninformative. The least they could’ve done was tell us how to address a group of these semi-uprights stampeding their way into our collective consciousness. A flock of Bigfeet, anyone? Or maybe it’s good that none of these Bigfoots on the loose were ever captured and domesticated, because you just know pornography was the next stage of assimilation; Hollywood would have squashed sasquatch much the same way they did Bruce Lee when he threatened their hierarchy and empire 😦

The topic of UFOs was also unremarkably broached too. One may question the validity of such a subject, but make no mistakes — the phenomenon itself is real. God forbid these self-righteous energy vampires grow some cognitive skills in their skulls and say something like, “The reason there is no concrete UFO evidence is because these crafty “craftsman” operate along extra-dimensional means. FFS, just consider the astronomical distances these beings must traverse and navigate through. It’s almost a given! …” Yup, that’ll be the day, when a full-time skeptic tactfully expresses an original thought.

Then there was other extraneous matter to consider…or not! I voted “Not!” with my brain evidently, being [yes, I recognize that several pockets of the good ol’ USA don’t themselves recognize this application of the word “being”] I cannot recall any of it — except the part in which these vain creatures refused to disclose their real ages, lol. Dim sheepishly admitted to being “a shouting distance away from 50”; his temporary suitor claimed to not be too far behind. Age was clearly relevant to many reference points here; don’t know why it had to be mired in secrecy, gentleman.
 
Oh, I also remember my FB friend saying that he really appreciated the fact that the first few seasons of Scooby Doo [and perhaps all of them?] had a worthy general theme to ’em: don’t be afraid of a ghost (or some other paranormal depiction) because it’s really the janitor (or some other mundane creature!)
Jim thought it was an excellent primer…for the young skeptic wannabe. Hey Jim, I hope you didn’t blow Santa’s cover for the kids’ sake too, because although Santa is a fictional character, what’s under the cover is surely real 😛
 
The lowlight of the host’s contribution to the transmission of brilliant radio under the stars came when he declared the show “Unsolved Mysteries” as successor to “In Search of…”; apparently emboldened by his ability to say anything and get away with it, he finished cementing himself by stating that “Unsolved Mysteries” was the precursor to “America’s Most Wanted.” The latter may be somewhat closer to the truth than the former, but I guess by amateur-radio standards, both may be deemed correct.
 
In the final stages of the show, Dr Dim hearkened back to the original topic — “In Search of…” — which got lost in the shuffle of meandering hoof and mouth disease that went far beyond Bigfoot and his apparently voracious appetite for media attention. He said, [paraphrasing] “You know, if it weren’t for “In Search of…”, I’m not sure I would be the person I am today.” Um, would that be a good thing or a bad thing, Jim? Now that’s one medical mystery definitely worth exploring, Dr.!

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