The narrator wonders why the Egyptians made King Tut a scarab out of green glass produced by a “comet strike,” blithely unaware that this green glass was once David Childress’s evidence for prehistoric nuclear war! You can’t have it both ways, but the show tries. Mike Bara thinks that scarabs were mechanical devices for trans-dimensional travel, and William Henry thinks that aliens taught the Egyptians to believe in an afterlife when they met with a bug-headed alien.
Bara suggests that mummification shares “incredible” similarities to the cocoons of moths and butterflies, and David Wilcock agrees. But here both are obviously wrong since the purpose of a mummy was to preserve the corpse, while a cocoon exists to destroy the larva in preparation for its reconstitution as an adult. While the show recognizes that the Egyptians saw scarabs as immortal because they didn’t know that the new beetle that emerged from the dung ball was the result of eggs hatching within rather than a resurrected original beetle, it somehow refuses to see this as symbolic even after explaining how it happened. Instead, David Childress tells us that extraterrestrials underwent metamorphosis and/or emerged from spaceship cocoons.
After the break, we look at the Issus, a plant-hopping insect whose exoskeleton has a geared structure. Despite the fact that the show likens them to manmade objects, specifically cars and watches, Popular Mechanics made quite plain that “they look nothing like what you’d find in a car or in a fancy watch.” In fact, scientists suggest that this completely new kind of gear might have applications for future human technology. Additionally, while the show takes its cue from an article in Smithsonian magazine claiming this to be the only known natural gear, that isn’t the case; some reptiles have cogwheel gears, as do other insects, though for different purposes. All of the material I just referred to can be found here.
This leads in a discussion of ants, which the show calls the most populous of all earth’s creatures. I guess bacteria don’t count as creatures.
The show then asks how it is that ants and humans both have social structures. Could ants and humans be “more closely related” than we think? To answer that they go to “ancient Greece” to read the Iliad and Ovid’s Metamorphoses, a work that is Roman, not Greek. Hilariously, they show a French translation of the Metamorphoses listed as “D’Ovide” (of Ovid) and mistakenly take this for the title, calling the work “the Ovid.” Now here is where things get tricky. Ovid discussed an etiological myth back-forming the name of the nation of Myrmidon from the word murmedon, or ant’s nest. The relevant text is found in Book Seven:
To Jove, restorer of my race decay’d,
My vows were first with due oblations paid,
I then divide with an impartial hand
My empty city, and my ruin’d land,
To give the new-born youth an equal share,
And call them Myrmidons, from what they were.
You saw their persons, and they still retain
The thrift of ants, tho’ now transform’d to men.
(trans. Garth, Dryden et al.)
The Hopi believed that there were godlike ant people who lived below ground, but the show wants us to believe that despite the subterranean nature of these creatures we should nevertheless assign them to the sky because “large buggy eyes” are associated with Grey aliens who come from the sky. The show asks if the Greeks fought alongside Grey aliens or Grey-human hybrids, and I again remind you that neither Homer nor Ovid nor Hesiod found anything unusual about the appearance of the Myrmidons, least of all bug eyes. And what of the exoskeletons? Why should insect people need armor?
The narrator wants to know what the San (!Kung) bushmen worshiped the praying mantis and believed that a praying mantis created human kind. Could it be a Grey alien? One might want to try proving Grey aliens exist first, since they only seem to show up after Betty and Barney Hill reported encountering them in a hypnosis session just days after similar aliens appeared on The Outer Limits, particularly in the episodes “The Bellaro Shield” and “The Children of Spider County.” The Outer Limits purposely used insects as the model for their aliens, so the process becomes quite circular. Naturally, the show ignores these complications and plows directly in to a discussion of alien abduction, drawn from hypnotically-recovered memories. The show makes much of a praying-mantis-like alien that abducted a teenager named Linda Porter in 1963 because that was before the Hills reported their abduction, but they bury in the narration the fact that the abduction was only reported three decades later, under hypnosis, and therefore is almost certainly contaminated with the hypnotists’ ideas, New Age beliefs, and science fiction.
The show speculates on the alien hierarchy, suggesting that praying mantises rule over Greys, and Linda Moulton Howe tells us that the aliens want to investigate souls and the afterlife—because this is all wacked-out religion. The aliens are like angels, and they’re all really concerned about making sure our souls move on to the next life in bliss. Moulton Howe then recapitulates that ancient astronaut catechism, that aliens manipulated our DNA, created humans, and will care for our souls in the kingdom to come.
After the next break, the show asks whether the plague of locusts in Exodus was the result of aliens controlling the insects as mini-drones. The show next describes the locusts from Revelation 9:1-12:
1 And the fifth angel sounded, and I saw a star fall from heaven unto the earth: and to him was given the key of the bottomless pit.
2 And he opened the bottomless pit; and there arose a smoke out of the pit, as the smoke of a great furnace; and the sun and the air were darkened by reason of the smoke of the pit.
3 And there came out of the smoke locusts upon the earth: and unto them was given power, as the scorpions of the earth have power.
4 And it was commanded them that they should not hurt the grass of the earth, neither any green thing, neither any tree; but only those men which have not the seal of God in their foreheads.
5 And to them it was given that they should not kill them, but that they should be tormented five months: and their torment was as the torment of a scorpion, when he striketh a man.
6 And in those days shall men seek death, and shall not find it; and shall desire to die, and death shall flee from them.
7 And the shapes of the locusts were like unto horses prepared unto battle; and on their heads were as it were crowns like gold, and their faces were as the faces of men.
8 And they had hair as the hair of women, and their teeth were as the teeth of lions.
9 And they had breastplates, as it were breastplates of iron; and the sound of their wings was as the sound of chariots of many horses running to battle.
10 And they had tails like unto scorpions, and there were stings in their tails: and their power was to hurt men five months.
11 And they had a king over them, which is the angel of the bottomless pit, whose name in the Hebrew tongue is Abaddon, but in the Greek tongue hath his name Apollyon.
12 One woe is past; and, behold, there come two woes more hereafter.
The show has run out of ideas at this point, so it concludes by telling us that Area 51 houses a crashed flying saucer and a living alien named J-Rod who worked with the government from 1953. This is all part of a conspiracy theory created in the last decade by Bruce Burgess and Dan Crain (a.k.a. Dan Burisch). The latter claims to be a PhD, but records show he was a parole officer in Las Vegas during the years he said he was in New York earning his doctorate, according to reports published in the Skeptical Inquirer. Childress tells us that J-Rod was really a future insectoid human, not an alien. My DVD dropped some audio near the end and cut off the last 30 seconds, but I did not feel compelled to seek out the full discussion of whether there are genes that humans and insects swap between each other. The show never did seem to decide whether the aliens were insects or just looked like insects, and this made the discussion somewhat confusing.
It’s rather strange to me that the show, particularly Childress, seems to be pushing toward a circular view of history where the future bleeds into the past, and what will happen has already happened in a closed loop. I’m not sure what kind of philosophy this is, reflecting I suppose the ancient concept of the eternal return and cyclical time, like the wheel of time found in Hinduism, Buddhism, Hopi mythology, and elsewhere. Cynically, it lets them claim the future as part of the past and prophecy as events that have already occurred. Philosophically, it turns the ancient astronaut theory into a mystery school of sorts, where we do not die but are destined to live again, where all that was will be once more, and all that is to come has already happened. This is, I imagine, a comforting philosophy for uncertain times, placing the events of today into a safe pattern where the outcome is assured. All will be well because it once was in the past and therefore must be again.