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.


Anonymous said...

Jason Martell just parrots the decades old "Ancient Astronauts" stuff. His lectures about aliens, martian anomalies and planet x seem to be a weird patchwork of theories postulated by Däniken, Hoagland and Sitchin.

A copy of "After the Martian Apocalypse" would help. But those copies are rare these days. :-)


Mac said...

Martell regurgitates. I've never heard him say anything new.