This episode of Ancient Aliens is entitled S11E04 “The New Evidence,” and it promises to provide startling new information that will support the ancient astronaut theory. In the past, when the show has promised “new” evidence, it usually involved a talking head reading a news article copied from the internet, usually nearly verbatim, before recycling old content on a tangentially related topic. What will this episode hold in store? Let’s find out…
Our first segment begins, predictably, with repeat claims summarizing the highlights of the ancient astronaut theory, going all the way back to the pilot episode. The “new evidence” starts, of course, with Chariots of the Gods, cutting edge news from 1968. This is followed by a rapid-fire barrage of news clips, including the embarrassing congressional hearing from 2014 in which an idiot congressman couldn’t tell the difference between science and Ancient Aliens. The visual wallpaper draws from stock footage from earlier episodes and “new” technology illustrated by the 1993 robot investigation of the Great Pyramid’s so-called air shafts. David Wilcock then calls science a “belief system” and argues that technology will force scientists’ beliefs to change.
When we get to the meat of the segment, we review the discovery of ninety or so buried standing stones two miles from Stonehenge in September 2015. Andrew Collings visits the site but admits to knowing nothing about the site. Archaeologist David Cheetham, a frequent History Channel guest, said the same thing. No connection to aliens is suggested, and the show drops the point. “Truth Warrior” David Whitehead, hilariously described only as a “talk radio personality,” then offers that an “advanced” civilization built the stone circles. David Childress saves the segment by illogically suggesting that aliens built all of the stone circles as landing pads for flying saucers. Really? How might these ships have landed on irregular and uneven stone rings? What would they need them for?
Ancient Aliens then throws to commercial with a new innovation: Like every other shitty reality show, they’ve started burning extra time by teasing a “coming up” highlight from the next segment that conveniently lets them replay the same footage after the break and therefore recycle content within the same hour. It’s another (stolen) innovation in avoiding originality!
This segment must have seemed like a great idea a few weeks ago when the producers slapped the show together. Recent news reports have suggested that King Tutankhamun’s tomb may have hidden chambers behind its walls, a claim that emerged from scans made in the tomb last fall. However, while this caused a furor for a few weeks in the spring when this episode was being assembled, radar experts threw cold water on the claims by the end of March, and now many believe that the original claims were overstated. The show uses this to raise the possibility that Nefertiti is buried in one of the hidden chambers, giving them license to recycle their frequent claim that the heretic pharaoh Akhenaten was a long-skulled alien hybrid who worshiped a flying saucer. They mention this once every three episodes or so—like this one and this one and this one. The claims are so familiar that this segment could have been pasted in from almost any old episode. The only difference is that the show speculates that undeniably alien artifacts are probably hidden in the alleged Tutankhamun tomb chambers.
The third segment reviews the excavation last year of an underground chamber within Teotihuacan’s Temple of the Feathered Serpent. There archaeologists found liquid mercury, which the talking heads find puzzling because they know that mercury is poisonous and used in technology. The narrator then misidentifies Teotihuacan as an Aztec site, confusing the fact that the Aztecs had very late myths about giants building the city. Lacking any interest in the facts, the show lets David Wilcock connect this to allegations that the Nazis used mercury to create a super-propulsion system because aliens used mercury in their engines. I will give the show credit for remembering that China’s first emperor was buried in a tomb filled with quicksilver, with claims they borrowed more or less verbatim from a previous episode. But the reason for that isn’t alien. It’s rather simple: Mercury doesn’t evaporate, so the ancients used it as a substitute for water in symbolic rivers. The show goes into questions about whether Chinese dragons and Quetzalcoatl were really spaceships, familiar claims from another old episode.
The fourth segment denies that Machu Picchu could have been an Incan construction from the fifteenth century. Instead, they allege that the god Viracocha was a space alien who helped the Inca to build the site. This is slightly different from the version given in an earlier episode where the show alleged that Viracocha spoke to some different Inca. This sets up a discussion of the 2012 claim by French explorer Thierry Jamin that ground penetrating radar had indicated the presence of a treasure chamber or tomb buried beneath Machu Picchu. Peruvian authorities refused to let Jamin excavate (Ancient Origins called it a conspiracy), which gives William Henry license to allege that the tomb contains the body and technology of space alien god Viracocha. Jamin believes it to be the tomb of the Inca emperor Pachacutec.
The fifth segment takes us to fan favorite Nazca lines (see, e.g., here and here and here), another evergreen Ancient Aliens topic. Last summer Japanese researchers claimed that satellite images found 24 now-eroded Nazca lines, including a llama and what the show calls “humanoids.” The show makes no claim that the new lines are any different than the previously known lines, and it repeats all of the same claims it always makes—that the lines imitated alien skid marks, that they signaled the aliens to return, etc. etc. The show compares the Nazca lines to geoglyphs found in 2014 by satellite in Kazakhstan, though the Central Asian lines may be as much as 8,000 years old, according to the show. (Scientists have said the oldest geoglyph is 8,000 years old based on artifacts that may be associated with it; others are as young as 1,000 years and more work needs to be done.) The show says that the date means that they geoglyphs were made at the same time as the buried stones from Segment 1, implying a contemporary alien visitation that mysteriously manifested completely differently around the world despite being the architectural program of a single alien visit.
The show concludes with more random news reports that they do not bother to contextualize or even relate to the ancient astronaut theory. Instead, they let the montage suggest something that they do not prove, and the talking heads rhapsodize about how new information that is always just on the verge of arriving will someday prove the ancient astronaut theory beyond doubt. “Archaeology will have no other choice but to accept the fact that we have been visited by extraterrestrials in the remote past,” Giorgio Tsoukalos says. Erich von Däniken returns near the end to say nothing new, and as we draw to a close the entire episode devoted to “new evidence” was mostly just a montage of half-understood material pasted over recycled claims from earlier episodes and even from the 1960s. It was a pretty good summation of the current state of the ancient astronaut theory.
5/28/2016 12:45:17 am
This *was* new evidence, Jason. New evidence that the show continues its cannibalization of earlier episodes from lack of new material.
5/28/2016 02:30:37 am
This show is such a joke, and so is that aliencon! what a bunch of morons!
3/22/2017 12:35:56 pm
You primitive mageds ...debunking that show....they rub proof into your fucking faces and you shitheads still don't believe it...shame for the deep state of the people..
5/28/2016 11:10:47 am
I think the new evidence was subliminally contained in the many commercials.
5/28/2016 12:00:20 pm
The fact that an Congressman asked about Ancient Aliens was one of the most depressing things I have seen. its not an surprise since the House is controlled by an party that refuses to believe in Global Warning. that congressman's ignorance of Science is not shocking
5/28/2016 02:25:01 pm
Streuth - people believe in all sorts of weird and wonderful things in the defense department --- that was why they spent a fortune on remote viewing.
5/28/2016 02:26:44 pm
Uri Geller is a celebrity among the rich and powerful - despite all the debunkings from skeptics. He has personal friends among the members of the British Royal Family.
5/28/2016 07:01:26 pm
Very few hard incentive majors on either side of the dale. Go back and u will see plenty of deems and reps advocating for eugenics and other bad science. Not to say the lunatics who accept Keynesian astrology in the house on the left. As for climate change. It isn't on the level of proof of say quantum mechanics. Many physicists don't subscribe to the models. It's an open question if either the earth is warming or its caused by anthropological causes
5/28/2016 02:27:55 pm
I rolled my eyes at Childress' suggestion of the wood and stone circle as landing outposts for UFOs. Yet, incredulous though it is, the producers spent thousands of dollars on elaborate computer generated imagery depicting UFOs landing on said "earth ports". Un-effing-believeable.
5/28/2016 06:11:25 pm
Childress and Tsousakalis are the go-to guys for saying stupid shit that the science and technology-retarded writers and producers put out there. They need people like that because most "respectable" fringe scientists just wont say the words and cannot be chopped and pasted to sound even remotely convincing.
5/29/2016 09:50:49 am
That line about technology proving science wrong leaped out at me too. Does he imagine someone building satellites or smartphones and science struggling to explain how they work after the fact?
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5/31/2016 01:07:00 pm
You fools! It is well known within the AA community that the aliens who conquered Earth eons ago and set their capital at R'lyer were NON-EUCLIDEAN in nature and of course the landing pads would look uneven to mere humans.
5/28/2016 04:31:43 pm
Jason, thanks again for your critical review of a show that should never have been allowed to air on a supposed legitimate channel (H2 or History). But how can you stay sane? I know it must make you cynicle, but what about your sanity man! I just can't do it. I watch a few minutes and my blood pressure starts to go up and I have to change the channel. My grandson came up to me a couple weeks ago, after watching America Unearthed (he's 17), and asked me "how do they get away with lying on TV? He is naive enough to believe there is some entity on TV that monitors all shows to make sure they are factual. It breaks my heart to hear people talk about these shows and they believe! Anyways, keep up the good work.
5/28/2016 08:42:13 pm
I dont understand how you could possible sit through this week after week, but I thank you for it. I don't have to because of your reviews. Soon tho, your reviews will be just links to past reviews and no commentary needed. Keep up the great work
5/28/2016 10:18:43 pm
My wife and I enjoy watching the show every week. Best comedy on TV!! We have a great laugh then we then come here to see Jason poking holes in pretty much every line they've said.
5/28/2016 10:21:30 pm
I think the part I liked best this week was David Childress. "What else could it possibly be other than a landing site for alien space craft" paraphrasing when he was talking about the large new "circle" found near Stonehenge.
3/22/2017 12:39:58 pm
I feel so sorry for you ...stuck in the deep state ...aweeee ...do you need a diaper cause you laugh at reality outside of your little brainwashed box??
5/28/2016 10:27:33 pm
Critical thinkers reject claims and beliefs which are not testable and verifiable using established scientific methods, and encourage a society that espouses the priority of rationality and reason over dogma, emotion and pop doctrine.
5/30/2016 12:19:56 pm
"Extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence." was Sagan's actual quote but incredible works too.
5/29/2016 02:59:53 am
Re; "The New Evidence" episode. Maybe they mean next week, or the week after that... or...or.... Oh, I know, they're timing it to the release of JHP's WhitePaper.
5/29/2016 04:33:22 am
You people here should know that the founders of paranormal and parapsychology associations and movements are usually University Professors.
5/29/2016 04:35:25 am
Tell me, what is the difference between these television and satellite channel series that are bashed here and the belief in telepathy, precognition, RSP and Life after Death.
5/29/2016 09:35:51 am
Do you think people here believe in ESP, and are just picking on Ancient Aliens for sectarian reasons? Does Jason often, or ever, say things must be true because a university professor (does it mean something different when you capitalize it?) said so? Who are your comments supposed to be directed at?
6/1/2016 11:34:09 pm
So? Did you know that Newton wrote far more about his bizarre religious beliefs than he did about gravity, calculus or optics? Brilliant people also believe stupid things.
5/30/2016 12:24:41 pm
Wouldn't we skeptics feel foolish if they found conclusively alien artifacts in King Tut's closet. Actually no one would be happier than me if such a discovery is made.
6/1/2016 05:47:17 am
I don't know why you punish yourself Jason with this " program ".
6/1/2016 04:48:16 pm
Hi Dub -
6/1/2016 11:40:39 pm
"David Childress saves the segment by illogically suggesting that aliens built all of the stone circles as landing pads for flying saucers. Really? How might these ships have landed on irregular and uneven stone rings? What would they need them for?"
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