How else can we explain this stupid episode, focusing on a made-up “mystery” of a supernaturally puissant mountain in Italy whose primary attraction is that it required a paid vacation to beautiful Italy to shoot footage for this episode?
We open in Turin, Italy, and the mountain that overlooks it, Monte Musinè (or mont Musinè in the Piedmontese dialect). The show suggests that pagan respect for the mountain has to do ley lines, but they’ve covered ley lines before, including during this season, and they are still fake, so this is a waste of time on multiple levels. Medieval stories of dragons and wizards are added to the story that Constantine saw his vision of the cross at Musinè. Beats me where they got that idea since Constantine’s vision occurred before the Battle of Milvian Bridge, a bridge which crosses the Tiber River, the river that runs through Rome. It is nowhere near the Piedmont in the far north of Italy where Musinè stands. Then the segment talks about UFO sightings in the Piedmont and claims that aliens are drawn to ley lines and power places like the mountain. None of the talking heads can agree on how to pronounce Musinè, and at times it seems almost as though they are talking about different mountains because their pronunciations are so wildly different. You’d think the producers might have bothered to check since they took the trouble of flying William Henry out there for a free vacation.
In the second segment, Henry arrives in Val Camonica, 165 miles from Musinè, to see the famous rock carvings cited in Erich von Däniken’s old books of a stick figure that appears at first glance to have a space helmet on its head, though the image appears to be a shaman dancing with a headdress on. A four-pronged image often called a rose is here suggested to be an X-shaped UFO. A second version, not shown here, is more clearly a symbolic shape, since it is a swastika.
The show recognizes that an old myth suggests that Turin was founded by Phaethon, but it wrongly tells us that he was (a) a god and (b) “descended” to the earth in a fiery chariot. Um, no. He was decidedly not a god since he couldn’t control his sun god father’s chariot and crashed it into the ground, dying in the process. It is not the same as the narrative Ancient Aliens falsely states. They also weirdly pronounce his name feh-TAHN, as though that would disguise their lies. Just for the record, most recent sources for the Turin myth aren’t about this Phaethon, but a different one, a son of the goddess Isis, who founded Turin to worship the Apis bull. (Conflation occurred because the Greek Phaethon was sometimes thought to have crashed into the Po.) You see, the area later known as Turin used to be called Taurasia, after the indigenous word for mountain, which sounded like the Latin word for bull. The Romans named the colony that became Turin after the old city it replaced, thinking it to refer to a bull. It’s a syncretic myth, but Ancient Aliens doesn’t bother to recognize the difference. Scholarly literature traces the story to the 1600s. Not that you will care that much, but in Ovid, Phaethon is best buds with Epaphus, who is the son of Isis. This is transparently the Apis bull (confirmed by other ancient writers, including Plutarch), and this is the origin of the story told in Turin. In the 1600s, Emanuele Thesauro claimed that the real Phaethon was Pa Rahotep, who founded Turin and established the honors of the Apis bull there. Ancient Aliens mixes all this together without explaining the choices they made in picking and choosing from the various versions.
The third segment recounts a medieval vision of lights in the sky over Turin which allegedly inspired the construction of an abbey. It’s a standard myth of a heavenly vision that provides divine justification for a construction project, but the show simply assumes that the lights must be flying saucers. A bonkers writer from Italy named Gnomo Orzo babbles on about ley lines and earth energy, and then the show doubles down on the Phaethon of the crashed chariot surviving to found a city. Henry finally reveals why he is mispronouncing Phaethon—he wants it to sound like Ptah, the Egyptian god, to try to connect Turin to Hermetic secrets of alchemy. Everyone then agrees that before Turin’s predecessor city, Taurasia, was “technologically advanced” and that the “energy” from their super-tech was absorbed into Monte Musinè. The proof, we learn, is that ancient people drew some spirals on a rock. Henry agrees with the Italian idiot that these are not actually spirals but are instead diagrams of the behavior of light particles, magnetism, and earth energies. Uh-huh. I’d like to see them try to use those rough, uneven spirals for physics and see how far they get.
The fifth segment take seriously a modern myth that Mussolini’s fascist government recovered a crashed UFO in Lombardy. The show suggests that space aliens have a secret base under Monte Musinè, though this seems to be more of a case of late nineteenth and early twentieth century stories about an underground city beneath Mount Shasta in California being inhabited by supernatural Atlanteans being transferred to Monte Musinè. No evidence is presented to document any of the UFO encounters or other supernatural misadventures that the show alleges happened in and around Turin.
The final segment tells us that there are many mountains with secret alien bases that function, in David Childress’s words, as “embassies” to “contact people.” The show asserts that “high ranking government officials around the world” know this but are hiding the truth. The intimation of a Deep State conspiracy immediately called to my mind the show’s new advertising campaign, which weirdly apes Trumpian language in calling Ancient Aliens “your favorite show,” just the way Trump calls himself “your favorite president.” They know their audience.
Jr. Time Lord
10/4/2019 11:16:04 pm
"The show recognizes that an old myth suggests that Turin was founded by Phaethon, but it wrongly tells us that he was (a) a god and (b) “descended” to the earth in a fiery chariot. Um, no. He was decidedly not a god since he couldn’t control his sun god father’s chariot and crashed it into the ground, dying in the process."
10/5/2019 12:15:35 am
The airburst evidently vaporized your brain.
Jr. Time Lord
10/5/2019 11:20:43 pm
"The airburst evidently vaporized your brain."
10/5/2019 02:25:16 am
"score free vacations... a paid vacation...a free vacation"
PRINCE CONRAD VULKAN
10/5/2019 10:02:16 am
Aren't whiny twerps like you always bitching about " liberal coastal elites"? A little hypocritical to not have this annoy you.
10/5/2019 05:40:19 am
What if the concentric circles are simply depictions of atoms? in this episode, I believe I see the depictions of Boron, Beryllium, and Nitrogen.
10/5/2019 06:59:42 am
Anthony Warren says what? Be gone, crazy person.
10/7/2019 12:50:56 pm
Interesting to note that in the David Wilcock’s video we have very similar concentric circles.
10/5/2019 09:05:27 am
Former Ancient Aliens talking head David Wilock still playing all the hits at contact in the desert:
An Anonymous Nerd
10/5/2019 05:12:56 pm
The moon was a "death star" that could be "driven around," there are 10,000 habitable layers within it. You can tell this because there are geometric shapes on the moon's surface. It was left unused (decommissioned, I guess) after either a disaster or a change of policy or a change of technology (he says all three).
A dram of eale
10/5/2019 09:14:25 pm
Hello Nerd, when will you be posting the second half?
An Anonymous Nerd
10/5/2019 10:41:01 pm
[Hello Nerd, when will you be posting the second half?]
10/5/2019 10:57:59 pm
Fair enough. But could you lay out how he explains that the existence of “geometric shapes on the moon’s surface” somehow implies that it has “10,000 habitable layers”? I don’t quite see how that follows.
An Anonymous Nerd
10/6/2019 10:23:35 pm
[could you lay out how he explains that the existence of “geometric shapes on the moon’s surface” somehow implies that it has “10,000 habitable layers”?]
Jr. Time Lord
10/5/2019 11:15:38 pm
"The Alien Mountain"
10/5/2019 11:53:05 pm
The most surprising thing out of all this, is that the new In Search Of actually got a second season.
10/6/2019 09:36:00 am
"They know their audience."
10/6/2019 11:45:08 am
Right. I'm sure the similar wording is a complete coincidence. Advertisers don't know anything about marketing to specific demographics. That's not at all how such a crappy show has stayed on TV for so long,
10/6/2019 09:57:02 pm
Joe was conceived in a moment of cousin lust in the rusty bed of a pick-up truck parked outside an abandoned Appalachian coal mine. He only went to school on the occasions when his mother had stayed up all night smoking meth and so was awake to get him up and off to school. His educational environment was not conducive to developing the ability to grasp concepts like marketing research and advertising. Quit picking on him!
10/7/2019 11:49:11 am
Just in case the tone was lost on Joe: Trumpists and AATs both embrace retarded conspiracy theories. Jason was simply stating a fact. Contrary to what Trumpists think, there are no such things as "alternative facts".
10/7/2019 12:26:21 pm
"Trumpists and AATs both embrace retarded conspiracy theories. Jason was simply stating a fact."
10/7/2019 08:40:39 pm
Sweet Jesus, you are easy to manipulate. Sit, ubu, sit. Good dog! If you’re buttons were any easier to push you’d be Trump.
10/7/2019 09:34:06 pm
As if calling out your imbecility is somehow a manipulation on your part. Well... if it was... good work. Well done sir. I salute you.
10/8/2019 12:33:27 am
Actually, it was. I appreciate you admitting in front of everyone that you were played like a fiddle for all here to see.
10/8/2019 09:44:54 am
You did nothing other than display your own political biases in defense of our host who is undermining his own work with same. So I give you a bit of attention that you obviously crave, only to have you pat yourself on the back for it and think you're the master...
10/8/2019 11:25:04 am
An Anonymous Nerd
10/6/2019 10:25:30 pm
Your favorite Fringe/Reality Show celebrity neither knows, nor cares about you.
10/7/2019 09:22:05 am
"Your favorite Fringe/Reality Show celebrity neither knows, nor cares about you."
10/7/2019 10:09:48 am
" But if you somehow believe that politicians you favor are out for your best interests and not their own... well, we've already established that your are an imbecile."
10/7/2019 10:52:18 am
"your are an imbecile."
10/7/2019 11:38:17 am
Saw this ad on the internet this morning. I thought of Trump.
Jr. Time Lord
10/7/2019 01:55:59 pm
10/7/2019 04:09:58 pm
He was't asking you, Ganymede.
10/7/2019 04:17:53 pm
You weren't asked either, Grover Dill.
10/7/2019 05:36:52 pm
Nor did I answer.
An Anonymous Nerd
10/7/2019 06:18:31 pm
[Which is wholly irrelevant to political bias invalidating skepticism, you imbecile. But if you somehow believe that politicians you favor are out for your best interests and not their own... well, we've already established that your are an imbecile. ]
10/7/2019 07:27:10 pm
I suppose envisioning the target of your imbecilic cyber-stalking as anything but calm does wonders for your self-presumed stealth in this regard, you pretentious anonymity. However you reveal yourself, since your intent is clearly to be a buzzing gnat. So much so that you fantasize that somehow this unnerves yours truly.
An Anonymous Nerd
10/7/2019 10:48:10 pm
[I suppose envisioning the target of your imbecilic cyber-stalking as anything but calm does wonders for your self-presumed stealth in this regard, you pretentious anonymity. However you reveal yourself, since your intent is clearly to be a buzzing gnat. So much so that you fantasize that somehow this unnerves yours truly.
10/8/2019 12:30:44 am
Right? The poor little fella is liable to give himself an aneuryism if he keeps this up. They'll find his body curled up in a darkened room with a thesaurus in one hand and his laptop in the other.
10/7/2019 02:27:56 pm
I designed part of the episode many years ago when consulting producer.But seems the exec producers continue using my original materials.Of course I never associated Turin with the Valcamonica petroglyphs,which I first founded and digitallt recorded more a decade ago after two travels and expeditions to the site.The two classic figures were originally published on the Peter Kolosimo's books before Daniken copied for his "Chariots of the Gods".
Glow in the dark vibrator
10/8/2019 12:03:09 am
In the first sentence, did you mean that many years ago you helped to design the episode that just aired or were you referring to a different episode that aired many years ago which covered the same subject matter? Also, did you mean that you consulted with the producer of the episode or that you were a consulting producer yourself?
10/24/2019 07:42:06 pm
I don't remember hearing anything about Musine in AAT before. Is this a recent addition or does it have basis in something other than the lame generic "things happened here in the past" as depicted in this episode?
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