Review - Paranormal State
I've never been a fan
of Paranormal State. I find its lead character - Ryan, hard to take in hour
long doses. He has a tendency to arrogance, heavy Christianity and stepping
beyond what are obviously his abilities, resulting in a bumbling and
In this particular episode (fury) he decides that the repeated name
"Ryan" in the client's dream journal is all about him. Cue
"You're So Vain"
Ryan is probably
one of the top ten most common boy's names in the past two hundred years here.
He always seems to come off really full of himself.
The episode itself is one of the series better ones and that's saying
something, because this episode lacks luster or any sense of atmosphere or
authenticity. His overshadowing ego simply kicks any semblance
of reality in the teeth.
I also find the tone he takes with his "team" rather off
putting. He condescends
and it's very unattractive.
The series psychic Chip Coffey, also tends to appear forced and pre-briefed
about the history. And in this episode, it just so happens that one of the
"team" finds an indian arrowhead. Just happens to find....
Although there are few ghost shows today that instill realism and truth in the
viewer, Paranormal State, at least for me, would be right down there at the
bottom of the list, along with the Most Haunted series.
At least Yvette doesn't take herself so seriously. Ryan needs to chill. There
are lots of us that are just not that into you.
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The Haunted Doll's House
and other ghost stories
by M. R. James
2009 © JL Davis