We open in Bethesda, Maryland in 1960 and Paul MacLean’s idea that the oldest part of the human brain is descended from the “reptilian” brain. The show uses this to note that humans share traits with modern reptiles from a common reptilian ancestor. This is not controversial, but the narrator immediately proceeds to misunderstand this concept and states that Darwin could be wrong and humans did not inherit their traits from primates but from alien reptiles. Giorgio Tsoukalos then contradicts then narrator by claiming that humans were genetically engineered by space aliens from primates—not reptiles.
William Henry then goes on to discuss the Mesopotamian god Enki, whom he calls a serpent god and credits with knowledge of DNA. There was no DNA knowledge in ancient times, and the “serpents” shown on Enki were actually water spouts representing rivers. (Interestingly, fringe books are filled with references to Enki as a snake-god, but it seems to be based on a single reference in one ancient magical incantation to “the snake of Enki.”) The show also discusses other reptiles and snake-men from mythology, most of whom have appeared in earlier episodes. We also look at Mesopotamian figurines seen in old ancient astronaut books from the 1960s that have serpent heads.
The second segment takes us to Vietnam to view a cave that extends three miles in length and has modern folklore associated with it claiming that a reptile-type beast-man lives within. Other caves also are associated with reptile-beings. Ancient astronaut theorists and “the UFO community” accept that these beings are Reptilians of possibly alien origin, though there remains not a shred of evidence that such creatures are anything more than fantasy. The show falsely asserts that the Inca believed that reptile creatures built megalithic structures like Sacsayhuaman, but this claim does not appear in any of the historical sources recording Andean mythology before modern times. Nevertheless, the show sends David Childress and Hugh Newman on a paid vacation to talk about it anyway and to claim that the builders of Sacsayhuaman were a lost race of sentient lizards. They allege that the cyclopean style of architecture worldwide originated with lizard people. It’s hard not to think of H. P. Lovecraft’s “The Nameless City,” the most direct precedent for this episode’s false claims.
The show keeps repeating the idea that there is a global mythology of lizard people, but it defends the assertion with intentional misrepresentations. Childress, for example, cites the South American mythic creature known as the Amaru, but this creature is not a lizard person. Instead, it is a two-headed snake, sometimes seen with bird’s wings, that lives underground. It is not a “humanoid” as the show asserts.
In the third segment, we travel to India to view carvings of naga serpents, the semi-divine half-human, half-cobra creatures of Hindu mythology. The show compares their banishment by Vishnu to God’s crushing of the Serpent in Genesis. This serpent could stand and speak and was apparently humanoid before God crushed him. They then talk about the pre-Adamites, the Jewish myth of an earlier creation, but the show falsely implies that the pre-Adamites are mentioned in the Bible. They are not. We hear about a “war” before Adam, and William Henry suggests that God is a space alien who launched a war against the Reptilians, represented by the Serpent in the Garden. The show seems vaguely aware of Jewish and (primarily) Islamic traditions of the pre-Adamites, but they have hopelessly mixed up medieval traditions with Theosophical and Lovecraftian reptile-alien lore. It would take too much effort to disentangle how it happened.
Childress claims that various sites around the world look like they were destroyed by missiles, so therefore good space aliens killed evil reptile aliens. The narrator supports this with various Indo-European myths of the slaying of a dragon. I can’t get into the story here, but Calvert Watkins wrote a whole book about the origin and development of the dragon-slaying myth, and it has nothing to do with space aliens. For our purposes, it suffices to know that the various “independent” stories cited from across Europe and India are in fact reflections of a primeval Indo-European myth (or, rather, poetic form) that developed in a number of directions in different daughter cultures. The story originates not with humanoid reptilians but with simply stories of the killing of a big snake. A snake is not the same as a humanoid.
The fourth segment discusses modern individuals’ alleged encounters with Reptilians, and the show claims that Earth plays host to at least three “races” of aliens: Reptilians, Greys, and Nordics. We are told that these three races fought for control of the Earth and control of the human race. Jason Martell claims that all three likely experimented on human DNA. No evidence is provided for any of this, and the speculation owes more to Theosophy and Scientology than it does to the ancient history and myth they imagine stands behind their claims. Linda Moulton Howe claims that the U.S. government monitors space alien “territorial disputes” and is aware of genetic manipulations from three alien races. The Reptilians were the losers in the great war with the Greys and Nordics and are biding their time within the Earth until “the stars came right again, and the secret priests would take great Cthulhu from His tomb to revive His subjects and resume His rule of earth.” No, wait. … That’s “The Call of Cthulhu.” It’s so hard to keep everything straight since this episode borrows shamelessly from “Cthulhu,” “Nameless City,” and “At the Mountains of Madness” to flesh out the fantastical history of its aliens. Ancient Aliens proposes a history of aliens closer to the Cthulhu Spawn and the Great Race from “Madness” than it does to Theosophy’s history of the world with its various root races, which might otherwise have seemed to be their model.
The fifth segment takes place in Dulce, New Mexico, where we hear stories from Native lore about Ant Men and Star People. They have been a popular feature of ancient astronaut lore for a decade and have appeared on Ancient Aliens regularly since 2014. This time, though, the show connects the underground Ant People to U.S. military underground bases in New Mexico, including dubious claims from Phil Schneider that in the 1990s dozens of American military and law enforcement personnel died in a firefight with space aliens at Dulce Air Force Base. Schneider killed himself in the mid-1990s, but the show alleges that he was assassinated to cover up an agreement (!) between America and space aliens to allow a limited program of abduction and genetic experimentation to produce a super-race. Now, since abductions are overwhelmingly associated with poor, rural whites, and these people are now being reimagined as a master race in waiting, I’m not entirely comfortable with the implications that undergird a seemingly silly claim. The U.S. government is working with aliens to super-charge rural white people to become a master race?
The final segment relates another dubious story, this time of a woman who was asleep and had a bad dream about being touched by Reptilians and turned into a lizard. The show takes this very seriously and pretends that this could be a real encounter with lizard-creatures. The woman tells us that “certain groups” are receiving lizard DNA to create a master race. Linda Moulton Howe feels that space aliens are fighting for territory on Earth, though she can’t quite explain what they hope to do with it. The show compares lizard people to Jesus and Muhammad and Tsoukalos claims that they were the original of the claim that a divine figure will return in the future. (He seems to misunderstand Islamic belief, conflating Muhammad with the Fifth Imam, but whatever.) The show peters out with words about how reptile-people can offer us “profound understanding” of our future, and it ends.
7/27/2019 12:01:11 am
The Twelfth Imam was/is indeed named Muhammad as also were the Ninth and the Fifth, at least in mainstream Shi'ism.
12/16/2019 07:35:10 am
What I find fascinating is that the person who wrote this review is so obviously and emotionally biased against the Ancient Aliens series. If he was impartial and logical, he would give credit where credit is due, not necessarily in terms of direct debunking of presented arguments, but by giving the required benefit of the doubt in the absence of any proof against what is being presented.
7/27/2019 12:28:22 am
Oooh! Speaking of 'ophiolatreia', I just released a substantial bab serpent that was worthy of worship!
7/28/2019 10:38:09 am
ever see that episode of South Park where there is this big pooping contest?
david Chilly hatless
7/27/2019 12:30:25 am
Honest I'm not just a con man!
7/27/2019 03:06:10 pm
In my experience the Enki-Snake god connection seems to be mostly wishful thinking based on the Garden of Eden snake being 'the most cunning' and Enki being the god of wisdom.
Bart the Simpson
7/27/2019 03:26:27 pm
I, for one, would welcome are new Reptilian masters and hope they come before the next election cycle here in the good old U.S. of A.
7/27/2019 10:01:49 pm
"Theosophy’s reptilian root race" While there were egg-layers, as far as I can tell all the Root Races were humans, with humans preceding the dinosaurs.
7/28/2019 10:41:37 am
those reptilian headed figurines are interesting because they include at least one female with breasts nursing an infant. that would make her what I call a pseudo reptile, like an armadillo, mammal with scaly look
7/29/2019 04:18:32 am
Pretty cool theory except there are no aliens, there was no genetic modification or spaceflight technology before the flood, and there was no flood.
7/28/2019 12:31:01 pm
In addition to Lovecraft's "The Nameless City", the idea itself also figures prominently in an old popular module of AD&D from the 1980s called "Cult of the Reptile God".
Jr. Time Lord
7/28/2019 03:59:50 pm
I thought Enki was a comet.
7/28/2019 10:17:14 pm
You should know by now that everything in mythology is either Venus or Orion or whatever the nearest mental patient says it is.
7/29/2019 08:07:46 am
Do you have something for this writer? https://www.ancient-origins.net/user/79918/posts https://www.jp-robinson.com/
7/29/2019 10:32:18 am
When it comes to snakes, perhaps we're dealing with Jungian "archetypes".
8/1/2019 06:38:57 am
Just go out on an ice floe, won't you? Jung was an ass with major issues.
1/29/2022 02:23:37 pm
THIS SHOW GETS BARMIER AND BARMIER BY THE EPISODE.... ITS ALWAYS THE SAME LINE UP OF OPPORTUNISTIC BAND WAGGON TALKING HEADS HEAPING ON THE BULLSHIT..... HOW ANYBODY WITH EVEN A MODICUM OF COMMON SENSE CAN TAKE THIS CRAP SERIOUSLY IS BEYOND ME... I ONLY WATCH IT NOW FOR THE AMUSEMENT VALUE AND TO STRENGTHEN MY POWERS OF CRITICAL THINKING, WHICH IS WHAT I'D RECOMMEND VIEWERS TO DO.....USE YOUR POWERS OF COMMON SENSE AND CRITICAL THINKING AND YOU'LL SEE WHAT UTTER NONSENSE THIS SHOW IS.... 🤔🤔🙄🙄
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