Giorgio Tsoukalos tells us that we must deny that myths contain “symbolism” and instead accept that gods really had sex with women, presumably in the shape of swans or bulls or golden showers. Naturally, this leads to a discussion of Genesis 6:1-4, when the Sons of God had sex with the daughters of men and produced the giants, with its expansion in the books of Enoch and Jubilees. Erich von Däniken simply calls the Sons of God (the Watchers) space aliens, and the show asserts that the Book of Enoch was removed from the Bible to suppress the truth about the Watchers. Von Däniken tells us that we must “interpret” the Sons of God in “a modern way,” and he discusses the “genital apparatus” of angels, declaring it “similar” to those of modern human males.
This show has covered the Nephilim and the Sons of God so often that there is nothing new left to talk about it. The show’s “experts” come close to recognizing that the idea of demigods is not unique to Enoch but can be found everywhere. Instead of recognizing this as a myth, the show travels to North America to try looking for “giant” skeletons. They cite a New York Times article from 1912 in which it was claimed that eighteen “giants” with “monkey” (i.e., gorilla) skulls were discovered in Lake Delavan, Wisconsin. The show conveniently leaves out the racist monkey claims, which reflect a silly attempt to suggest a connection with pre-humans like Neanderthals. However, no measurements were given. Although no evidence turned up to support the claims of the boys who “found” the remains, the show nevertheless asserts that “some” believe the Smithsonian confiscated them.
Ariel Bar Tzadok, the controversial rabbi who believes in all manner of fringe ideas, keeps returning our narrative to the Bible, which the show asserts holds all of the answers to the so-called mystery of the alien-hybrid giants. This is creationism by another name, particularly when Tzadok brings up the Flood and the show treats this as history. The show next refers to material from the Genesis Apocryphon about the birth of Noah and treats is as though it came from the Book of Enoch, but no one stops to think that these stories were composed long after the Biblical account of Genesis and were designed to expand on the Genesis stories. Instead, the program accepts the idea that any text, whenever it was written, must be accurate. So how is it, then, that the story survived from before the Flood when only Noah and his family survived the Flood? Did Lamech share his doubts and fears about marital infidelity with his son? Did the Noachian family bring the Book of Enoch and the Genesis Apocryphon with them, even though Genesis itself was, in theory, not written until the time of Moses?
Moving on to Greek mythology, we listen to stories about the interaction of the Greek gods with human beings, and the production of demigods from sexual unions with human women. The anthropologist the show speaks with, Sabina Magliocco, completely confuses the myth of Perseus, born from a union of Danae with Zeus in the form of a golden shower, with that Heracles, born of Alcmene when Zeus disguised himself as her husband. Tsoukalos finds the birth of Helen of Troy from an egg after Zeus mates with her mother as a swan fascinating because he believes that it represents an incubation sac aboard a spaceship. That Helen originates in a goddess before being rationalized as a mortal is of no concern to him; any story told at any time is obviously true regardless of its origin or development.
This turns to a discussion of Heinrich Schliemann’s discovery of Troy, which the show heralds as proof that mythology is true (as though the existence of New York proves Spider-Man is real), even though the site of Troy had been known since Antiquity and had only been doubted for a few decades at the close of the eighteenth century during a period of hyper-skepticism. David Wilcock says that it’s an “arbitrary bias” to accept that cities are real but gods are not and must therefore be physical beings. He is, unwittingly, repeating the claims of Euhemerus from Greek times. Plutarch describes how Euhemerus
…out of his own brain contrived certain memoirs of a most incredible and imaginary mythology, and thereby spread all manner of Atheism throughout the world. This he did by describing all the received Gods under the style of generals, sea-captains, and kings, whom he makes to have lived in the more remote and ancient times… (Moralia 5.26.23, trans. William Baxter)
We fly across the world to China to discuss more supernatural births, this time of the first Han emperor, who was conceived while a dragon hovered over his mother, which symbolizes divine favor in Chinese belief. Naturally, the show asserts that a UFO knocked her up—exactly how, they don’t know. There are so many supernatural births in world myth, in fact, that Edwin Sidney Hartland devoted the first volume of his Legend of Perseus to cataloging the cross-cultural belief in the supernatural birth. Interestingly, while Hartland, in the nineteenth century, risked opprobrium by noting (in vol. III) that the birth of Christ was yet another in a continuum of such stories, Ancient Aliens won’t do that. In fact, the supernatural birth of Christ is notable for its absence in this episode.
As we hit the halfway point, we listen to the supposed deathbed confession of Sylvester II, in which the medieval pope allegedly claimed to have had sex with a succubus and gained scientific knowledge from demons. These stories spread because Sylvester II tried to ban clergy from having concubines, and the clergy spread scurrilous rumors to discredit him and protect their right to have sex outside of marriage. Oh, and he also banned simony, and nobody liked losing money. The further legend of demonic knowledge came from a diabolization of Sylvester’s efforts to import Arab (and thus Islamic) scientific and mathematical knowledge to Europe. Islam was at the time considered a demonic religion. The show cares nothing for the politics of medieval Europe. For them, witchcraft, demons, and supernatural sex are all obviously true because: aliens.
Jason Martell recognizes that demonic sex bears a resemblance to modern alien abductions, but instead of attributing these to the well-known waking dream phenomenon that produces such sexual fantasies, he asserts they are all real. This takes us to discussions of modern UFO abduction stories and the people who believe they have had kinky sex with aliens. A man named Don Donderi says that the alleged abduction of Antônio Vilas Boas in Brazil in 1957 can’t be attributed to “pulp literature” influences because it happened before mainstream depictions of alien abductions. He has obviously never read science fiction, which has featured encounters between humans and aliens since Lucian wrote about a trip to the moon in ancient Greek times, not to mention fairy folklore which also features supernatural abduction narratives. The flying saucer myth was already a decade old in 1957, and George Adamski had been describing his own encounters with aliens for several years. The show then discusses Betty and Barney Hill, whose alien abduction I have already correlated with The Outer Limits episodes airing immediately before the Hills’ first hypnosis session, when they first made the claim.
Tsoukalos creates a false dichotomy between alien abductions as hoaxes or as real, ignorant of the fact that the experiences can believe them to be real even though they are not. Wilcock tells us that there is a “through line” from medieval times to today, and the narrator explains that there is a greater plan at work. After the break a man describes a classic sexual waking dream he had involving two aliens, one looking like a Barbie doll and the other like an “Asian” sex doll and tells us that he thinks he got an alien pregnant. He brought what he believed was one of the aliens’ hairs to a DNA laboratory. My DVR lost sound again at this point—this is the only show where the sound drops out—so I went online to find out the results. Apparently the hair was human and contained Gaelic and Chinese DNA, but was “optically clear” unlike any other human. Wouldn’t albinos have clear hair since they have no pigment? Anyway, this hair supposedly shows us that Gaelic-Chinese alien sex dolls are raping men in their sleep.
Next, we have a sad discussion of phantom pregnancy and “missing” fetuses, which the show speculates involves aliens stealing babies during abductions. The show then presents Bret Oldham, a man who has been deeply involved in exploring fringe topics since his teenage years and believes he has been constantly abducted by aliens and in contact with ghosts since he was a child. He previously appeared last year on Destination America’s Monsters and Mysteries in America to tell the same story he offered to Ancient Aliens. Oldham believes that in 1986 aliens removed the fetus and all tissue within the uterus from his pregnant then-girlfriend during an abduction. We are not given any medical records to support his assertion, but Oldham tells us that the Grey aliens returned three years later and introduced him to a “female hybrid” and a child, with whom he felt a mystical “bond” that convinced him he was the child’s father.
We learn from an interview Oldham gave that his girlfriend only began to confirm his version of events after Monsters and Mysteries producers interviewed her and tried to get her to agree to details from Oldham’s account. It sounds like there was a better than even chance that the TV interview helped to shape the story, especially since no one offered up any medical records to confirm the account.
The show ends on a sour note, when a smirking Tsoukalos tells us that he has bad news: There is “nothing we can do” to stop aliens from having sex with us in our sleep.