Ghost Hunters

Season 2 Episode 13

Ghostly Soldier/Medium House

4
Aired Wednesday 10:00 PM Oct 19, 2005 on Syfy
9.2
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Ghostly Soldier/Medium House
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Jason and Grant investigate sightings of several apparitions in the Crescent Hotel in Eureka Springs, Arkansas. Next TAPS searches for evidence in the home of a real medium, also in the same rural vacation town in the Ozark Mountains of northwest Arkansas.

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  • Crescent Hotel investigation yields the best thermo-imaging capture yet!

    10
    The investigation of the Crescent Hotel in Eureka Springs, Arkansas offers some of the very best evidence captured by the Ghost Hunters. While many investigations have tons of personal experiences it is the rare event for full-bodied apparitions to be fully captured on video or with thermo-imaging equipment. This episode stands out because there can be no doubt what was captured on film. The mason workers of the era donned the exact same garb as seen by the man in the locker. And while there have been attempts to debunk the image as being merely a reflection of Grant standing in front of the locker it is clear when it both Jason and Grant return and attempt to reproduce the same reflection later it is impossible to do so. A wonderful episode completed in a very scientific manner!moreless
  • A reality series makes good

    10
    I haven’t commented at all on the ratings this season, because that information hasn’t been easy to find. Also, it’s hard to correlate data when two seasons run for different periods at different times of the year. I also didn’t want to get depressed at the effect “Lost” would have, since even I TiVo “Ghost Hunters” under these circumstances.



    Well, now the genie is out of the bottle, and the ratings are available. I have to say, I’m impressed! It’s impressive to think that “Ghost Hunters” is getting ratings, at least for the “season finale”, that approach “Battlestar: Galactica” numbers. This show deserves to be a success, and by gaining viewers against “Lost”, I think it clearly has succeeded.



    So we’re getting a Halloween Special at the end of the month and 9 more episodes starting in January 2006. Excellent! That’s a grand total of 23 second season episodes, which is more than the typical one-hour drama gets these days. Another sign of success! Now would be the perfect time for SFC to take a good, long look at their approach to the series.



    What would I like to see? Less of the goofy effects and more of the investigation. It wouldn’t kill them to focus on one investigation per episode, or in lieu of that, cover three investigations across two episodes of time, like the first season. Less of the manufactured drama, which was ramped up this season. Oh, and the more Paula Donovan, the better!



    Since this was the apparent season finale, they clearly saved the best for last. And I mean “saved”, because these investigations clearly took place earlier in the season, just after Dave joined and Steve took over the technical department. I can only imagine that the post-production process revealed that the subsequent investigations weren’t producing much, so the apparent apparition was saved until the presumed end.



    First case:



    Well, obviously, this is all about the apparent apparition. I know that there will be a million naysayers picking that one apart, but based on what was demonstrated and revealed, I can’t see how that’s a fake. Not only that, but the apparent apparition actually moves as if turning to look into the camera. It’s rather impressive as a whole, especially since they took quite a bit of time to debunk it and couldn’t.



    Here’s the thing. This really brings the whole “real or fake” question to a head. Now, I’m sure someone is going to claim that this was digitally manipulated and the whole thing is a hoax, but as usual, I have to ask the logical question: why would they go through so much trouble and risk exposing themselves just to capture something on camera? Naysayers never consider that it’s much more work to fake something like this than it is to do it right. After all, if it were easy, it would probably look and sound a lot like the obvious fakery on “Most Haunted”, and there’s a clear difference.



    Second case:



    Now, this I find a bit harder to swallow. It’s not that I completely dismiss psychic phenomena; I just don’t buy what happened in the episode. The “far too specific” reading was anything but, at least on film, and that temperature gradient could have been explained by the heating system in the house itself. I do accept that Jason and Grant would have checked into that, but since it wasn’t shown (in favor of the more unusual explanation), I can’t make assumptions. Even so, it was very interesting as a starting point to a different realm of experimentation.



    Despite my doubts regarding the medium, I have to say that this is probably the best episode they’ve ever had. Not only did they highlight their own attempts at debunking at all the right moments, they also managed to do something that is rarely done: they caught an apparition on film. What else is there to say?

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  • The Crescent Hotel location and episode is the only Ghost Hunters location where I believe they actually caught something really paranormal.

    8.0
    The Crescent Hotel was a great episode and the only one to date where they caught something big and I cannot easily or logically explain it away. This is the episode where Jason and Grant caught the image of a full body apparition of a civil war soldier down in the old basement morgue. They did an excellent job of going back and debunking reflections and trying to recreate the event. The only thing they should have done was as soon as Jason caught that he should have turned all the way around to film everyone who was in the room and leading hall. That would have completely solidified the finding and proved beyond any doubt that a crew member, guest or employee was not wearing a hat like the figure in the image was and was not in the immediate area at the time. TAPS tends to do this, not follow through. It may be an editing thing, and if so SciFi needs to bone up and learn how to edit a show like this or they will lose it to ratings loses. The second half was with the psychic was a waste of film.moreless
  • Having been to the Crescent Hotel myself, this episode is Ghost Hunters at its best in Eureka Springs, Arkansas!

    10
    In the small tourist town of Eureka Springs, Arkansas, an infamous hotel sits on the pinnacle of town known as the Crescent Hotel. Step inside to a different era and marvel at its beauty... which harbors a sinister past of miracle cures gone bad. A quack doctor once offered miracle cures to cancer patients and others who had no known cure. Many people died there, which leaves the hotel rife with spiritual energy (or so some believe). The TAPS teams picks up something on a thermal scanner that they can't explain, but you have to see the episode yourself to believe it! Absolutely astounding!moreless
  • oh my gosh!

    10
    when i say the ghost looking that them, my heart began to race. i thought it was a joke but then the guys started freaking out and so did my mom and i. that was CRAZY!! and when they went back to try to debunk it, nothing gave them the same resulults as the night before.

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  • TRIVIA (5)

    • The investigation of the Crescent Hotel took place on June 9-10, 2005, according to the dates embedded in the camera footage. The investigation of Dr Ellis' house occurred the next night, on June 10-11, 2005.

    • Also Appearing:
      Investigation 1: Crescent Hotel - Eureka Springs, Arkansas
      Jack Moyer - Hotel General Manager
      Ken Fugate - Historian

      Investigation 2: Dr Ellis' House - Eureka Springs, Arkansas
      Carroll Heath - Homeowner and Medium

    • Carl Johnson and Andy Andrews were listed in the opening credits, but neither appeared in the episode itself.

    • Jason reveals that his full name is Jason Conrad Hawes and Grant reveals that his full name is Grant Steven Wilson.

    • The medium who was featured in this episode also assists with the Ghost Tours offered at the Crescent Hotel in Eureka Springs, Arkansas where this episode was filmed.

  • QUOTES (4)

    • Jason: (to Dustin and Dave) Keep a walkie on you. I don't need you getting lost in the woods in Arkansas 'cause my ass is going home in a couple of days, with or without you.

    • Jason: (to Dave) It's a head lamp, you want to use it? Don't lose it. You lose it I'll castrate you.

    • Grant: Steve, your ingenious concoction on the window fell.
      Steve: Are you serious?
      Jason: Yeah.
      Grant: No, that's good because now we know that the cameras can handle a, y'know, six foot fall or whatever.
      Jason: Yeah, try not to drop them anymore.

    • Dave: That black thing right there? Oh, that's a shadow. Sorry.
      Dustin: Whatever am I going to do with you?

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