THE PLOT THUS FAR
Ryan Buell founded the Paranormal Research Society (PRS) to help understand the inexplicable activities that haunted him as a child. One of the most recognized paranormal societies in the nation, the PRS is made up of fellow seekers and warriors who have dedicated themselves to helping people overcome paranormal phenomena.
In season five of PARANORMAL STATE, Ryan and his team travel deep into the strange and mysterious to try and unravel inexplicable events including sixth-sense experiences, ghost sightings, supernatural disturbances and brushes with the darkest areas of the unknown. Through the use of Electronic Voice Phenomenon (EVP) recordings and video documentation, and with the help of renowned psychics, demonologists, psychologists and counselors, the PRS explores these bizarre cases in the hopes of helping frightened people who have nowhere else to turn.
WHAT WE THOUGHT
Paranormal State is beyond the pseudoscience that you’ll find on Ghost Hunters, it’s pseudo… everything. The show follows the adventures of a group of students from Penn State University (not to be confused with University of Pennsylvania) lead by Ryan Buell as they take it upon themselves to exorcise demons and spirits using ceremonies from whatever religion seems most dramatic at the time (ranging from Catholic exorcisms performed by college coeds to Wiccan spells cast by socially awkward goths, to Native American cleansing rituals. To their credit, these are performed by Native Americans. If you believe in Wicca or you’re Catholic or a follower of a traditional Native American religions, I think you’d want their cleansing rituals performed by someone who… isn’t a maladjusted college student with some free time.
In the fifth season of this hit reality show, investigator Ryan Buell and his cohorts at Penn State’s Paranormal Research Society investigate a haunted jail in South Carolina, an incubus in Oregon and other strange phenomena. Basically, if you’ve seen one episode…you’ve seen them all. Buell leads his group of impressionable cronies into various situations where they get to jump and act scared every time a door creaks. The only thing that seems to change is the location of an episode. It boggles my mind, as there are so many soft targets for them to freak out.
The DVD comes with three select commentary tracks as their only special features. The A/V Quality is average with edge enhancement shown on all episodes. The Dolby Surround track is adequate, but the audio is thin during basic dialogue scenes. But, you can barely tell a difference when compared to past season releases. In the end, I’d recommend a purchase.
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