Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Discovery Canada's "Close Encounters": The Worst UFO 'Documentary' Series Yet?

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Discovery Canada's "Close Encounters": The Worst UFO 'Documentary' Series Yet?

By Robert Sheaffer

      On Friday, January 10, 2014, the Discovery Canada channel ran the first episode of a new Series, Close Encounters. The series is expected to run in the U.S. in a few months. It tells us:
• One Million UFOs are reported each year. [Dubious - MUFON receives less than 10,000].

• 5% are unexplained.

• These are the "Close Encounters"!
Well, not really. "Close Encounters" are supposedly those cases where the UFO comes within a few hundred yards of the observer. The problem is, people are quite unable to accurately judge how far away a light in the sky is. The UFO literature is filled with reported "close encounters" with objects whose distance from the observer turns out to be measured in hundreds of miles, if not in millions.

As you can deduce from the above promotional image, the series contains a large amount of re-enactment of supposedly unexplained UFO cases. We saw similar scenes in 2012 in the National Geographic's Chasing UFOs, which ultimately floundered because of the unintentional comedy of its "investigators" stumbling around in the dark with cameras and microphones seemingly hovering over every orifice, and ultimately finding nothing of significance.

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