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Ghost Hunters

Season 5 Episode 2

Star Island

Aired Wednesday 10:00 PM Mar 18, 2009 on Syfy
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Episode Summary

Star Island

TAPS investigates various places on Star Island, a small New Hampshire resort that was originally settled in the 1600s. Then they check out claims of activity in Kimball Castle, near Lake Winnipesaukee.

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  • Still so little enthusiasm

    After the disappointing start to the season, there was some hope that this episode would get the ball rolling with a bit more inspiration. Sadly, that was hardly the case. If anything, the editors chose to take two locations that could have easily stood on their own and compressed them into a single hour. The end result was an episode that did little to distinguish itself.

    The team looked tired and more than a little bored in the season premiere, and the same applies here. Jason and Grant mentioned in earlier seasons, when the episode count was a lot lower, that they needed to take breaks to rest up and remain focused. Since then, the episode count has risen to more than 25 a season. Considering how many episodes show two investigations rather than one, that's nearly 50 investigations. Add to that the filming demands, the travel time, and the seemingly endless conference and convention appearances, and they barely have a moment's peace. Even GHI, with all that international travel, spreads out the filming schedule.

    Now, that's not an excuse; it's what they signed up for, after all. But it does provide some perspective for their apparent lack of enthusiasm. They just don't look like they're enjoying it anymore. Of course, they're all a little bit older and the long nights might be wearing on them more than they used to, but they just seem to be going through the motions.

    Case #1: Star Island, NH

    On the one hand, I can understand why they gave this location only the requisite half-episode treatment. Despite the size of the location and the various buildings to explore, the most exciting piece of "evidence" was a door that seemed to close on its own. The EVP was once again buried in the background noise, and the "footsteps" could have easily been the result of the loose wooden construction shifting in the stiff winter wind. Despite what Jason and Grant had to say about the lack of open windows, I suspect the wind still had something to do with that door closing.

    On the other hand, this was a location with several buildings with reported activity, and there was barely any attempt to show the depth of their investigation. There were various comment about equipment being left in specific locations for the duration of the investigation, but we didn't get to see them do very much.

    Something tells me that the lasting debate from this episode will not be the "evidence", but rather, discussion on Steve's attitude about reading.

    Case #2: Kimball Castle, NH

    After trying to equate the American "castle" with the European castles, this certainly turned out to be a dud. The most exciting "evidence" from this investigation was the thermal cat (or rat, depending on scale interpretation). The editors certainly tried to play up whatever Steve and Tango thought they saw during the data review, but clearly, it was nothing special.

    Which, sadly, is still my opinion of this young fifth season. So far, it's nothing special. It's more of the same. No innovation and no growth are worrisome sign. But we can be thankful that the K-II Meter was nowhere to be seen. That's some small progress, right?moreless

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (4)

    • The investigation of Star Island occurs on November 9-10, 2008, according to the date embedded in the camera footage. The investigation of Kimball Castle takes place a few days later on November 13-14, 2008.

    • Also Appearing:
      Investigation 1: Star Island - Portsmouth, New Hampshire
      Sarah O'Connor - Island Curator
      Justina Maji - Employee
      Jennifer Cook - Former Employee

      Investigation 2: Kimball Castle - Gilford, New Hampshire
      Mary Jodoin - Castle Owner
      David Jodoin - Castle Owner
      Richard Caruso - Caretaker

    • Kris Williams and Kristyn Gartland accompany the team to the Star Island investigation, but do not take part in the investigation of Kimball Castle.

    • Goof: When Grant and Jason are investigating Star Island's Vaughn Cottage, the attic door mysteriously closes, and they are pleased to note that they have the thermal imaging camera pointed in that direction, so they might have something documented to find in the evidence review. When Steve and Dave find the footage and show it to Jason and Grant, however, Jason insists that what they are seeing is the door opening, not closing! When Tango corrects him, Jason gives a long explanation of exactly where everything is located to prove he was right, but Tango was correct, the door had closed. However, Jason gets the story right when its time for the reveal, telling Sarah that the door had closed.

  • QUOTES (3)

    • Grant: Can't really explain away a full bodied apparition, just have to hope you meet one.

    • Dave: I think I would definitely come here, during the summer. See what this is all about.
      Steve: Yeah? I feel like I'd be bored out of my mind. No televisions... To me this sounds more like homeless than vacation.
      Dave: See, I think that's fun, man. Like no TV. (Steve laughs) What?
      Steve: No TV?
      Dave: Yeah, books. Reading is fundamental.
      Steve: Reading takes the fun out of fundamental.

    • (in the converted stables)
      Amy: Family here seems to think you're a horse, are you a horse?
      Dave: Do you look like a horse?

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