Thursday, January 24, 2008
Ah, yes -- "Did Aliens Build the Pyramids?" This was to be my Discovery Channel debut. The film crew treated me to a nice day in Albuquerque, where I endured a series of leading questions while basking in the red glow of painstakingly arranged theater lights. I had a good time chatting with the crew (and dining on their expense account) and looked forward to seeing myself on TV. At the time I had no idea of the show's title.
When I finally saw the DVD and realized I'd been excluded I breathed a sigh of genuine relief. As you can see above, "Did Aliens Build the Pyramids?" is an unapologetically kitschy treatment of a New Age conceit that's been rightfully discarded for decades . . . although even the most sympathetic Fortean has to relish the image of a self-aggrandizing Erich von Daniken sweating it out in the desert heat while confined to an armchair.