Syfy to Air "Documentary" about Ancient Aliens on the Moon and Their Threat to Earth
This week the Syfy channel announced that it plans to broadcast Aliens on the Moon: The Truth Exposed, a two-hour documentary from Robert Kiviat, the executive producer of the hoax documentary Alien Autopsy, that will explore whether ancient astronauts left structures on the moon and other solar system bodies. According to a press release, the special intends to challenge the “official” story of the moon by asking “what haven’t we been told about Earth’s closest neighbor?”
According to the press release, the special will assert the “undeniable existence of what look like installations, factories, saucers, hangers and huge satellite dishes, possibly trained directly on planet Earth.” Paradoxically, these dishes trained directly on the earth are also located “on the far side of our Moon,” according to the very next sentence. The special also intends to have plasma physicist Dr. John Brandenburg (identified here as a Defense Department expert even though the claim doesn’t appear in his biography) assert that the structures are threatening and that a military response is needed to protect earth from an imminent alien invasion.
The special also plans to rehash Buzz Aldrin’s 2005 claim to have seen a UFO while traveling to the moon in 1969. I’m not sure that there is time for the special to backtrack in light of Aldrin’s explanation, made on Reddit this week, for what he believes he really saw:
There were many explanations of what that could be, other than another spacecraft from another country or another world -- it was either the rocket we had separated from, or the 4 panels that moved away when we extracted the lander from the rocket and we were nose to nose with the two spacecraft.
More to my particular area of interest, the special will delve into the ancient astronaut theory, according to Syfy’s publicity materials:
Also, a lunar “pyramid” photographed by NASA that’s almost identical to those found in ancient Iraq will be analyzed, as will the possibility the same alien race that might have helped ancient cultures advance could be the ones who erected structures on the Moon and are monitoring mankind for some unknown purpose.
How, pray tell, might a Mesopotamian mud brick ziggurat be “almost identical” to anything on the moon? Well, that’s one of Richard Hoagland’s claims, later adopted by Mike Bara—and we know he’s an ancient astronaut theorists. According to a recent analysis, the photo of the alleged ziggurat is a hoax, as this comparison image of Hoagland’s “enhanced” image with the original raw NASA photograph made by Stuart Robbins quite clearly shows.
But the enhanced version does not resemble a ziggurat, even if we take it at face value! It looks more like a Tibetan monastery to me.
So why do I mention all of this? Glad you asked. It’s my policy not to discuss specific projects, networks, and producers I’ve talked to while their show is in production. But since Syfy chose not to ever call me back, I’m happy to report to you right now that the producers of this ancient astronaut extravaganza asked me to appear on it. Since they obviously went a different direction, I’ll share with you some of what they said.
On February 13, a Syfy producer named David (I’ll withhold his last name) wrote me an email saying “We’re interested in finding persons with experience in the field to review some photographs of alleged extraterrestrial structures. From your bio this seems to be your expertise.” It’s not. But I said I was game, and I asked the producer for more information about the program: “What exactly would you be interested in having me do? How do you intend to portray exoarchaeology? I ask because cable TV programs in general, and Syfy in particular, have not historically been particularly fair to those who have skeptical viewpoints, and I’ve been burned more than once by producers who didn’t notice that I am not a believer in fringe science.”
At this point, David asked me to agree to the show without knowing what I would be discussing or what the show would be about: “I can’t offer any particulars except that the show concerns exoarchaeology.” He told me that he would put me on the list of interviewees “for Syfy to approve.” Here was the clincher: “I’ve been told the network wants skeptical voices, but we won't know exactly how skeptical until the big wigs chime in.” Truth? Facts? Of course not! Syfy wants the right (i.e., low) level of skepticism to avoid driving away true believers. At least their network has the right name for that kind of manipulative distortion of truth: science fiction.
David finished by telling me he would be in touch once the production team heard back from the network’s executive suite about how fair and accurate they were allowed to be. I never heard from him again. And now we know how scientific the show will be.
7/11/2014 05:16:50 am
“I’ve been told the network wants skeptical voices, but we won't know exactly how skeptical until the big wigs chime in.”
7/11/2014 05:30:38 am
Reality got nothing on this:
Duke of URL
7/13/2014 09:55:00 am
THANK you for mentioning that! I'd never heard of Iron Sky - looked at the trailer. MUST rent it from Amazon - Two bucks is cheap for some entertainment that looks so good.
7/11/2014 07:54:17 am
Pretty much. I suppose the irony is that SyFy, the channel that's *built* from this kind of nonsense, took so long to actively get in on the AA / Bigfoot / Howe / von Daniken / Star Brothers idiocy. I can just imagine some poor executive over at the main office crying: "Wait, so we had to spend 3 months trying to think of something as stupid as Sharknado...and this junk has been in print all over for DECADES?!"
7/11/2014 08:22:00 am
Funny thing is, even Sharknado is possibly partially inspired by the very common legends of the sky raining animals...
7/11/2014 05:25:31 am
For anyone who is interested here is Stuarts original video on the Lunar Ziggurat:
7/14/2014 07:03:53 am
The Exposing PseudoAstronomy Podcast on:
7/11/2014 07:27:43 am
The 2011 movie Transformers: Dark of the Moon already explained why we went to the moon and the ancient alien technology that we found there. Just a smashed-up dusty old Cybertronian spaceship and autobots- no ziggurats.
7/11/2014 07:47:25 am
Obviously proofreading is not my strong suit. I fixed it above. Thanks.
An Over-Educated Grunt
7/11/2014 08:28:49 am
I'd love to see them rehearsing the claim. Buzz Aldrin's a cranky old man who punched a guy in the face for claiming he didn't walk on the Moon.
7/11/2014 09:12:35 am
I already respected Buzz Aldrin for the things he's done (and for how well he engages with the public). That bit about him punching a (I'm assuming) conspiracy nut? If true (not doubting you), it makes him a goddamn legend.
7/11/2014 09:24:19 am
It is true. The fact that according to the police Aldrin's response was justifiable is icing on the cake :)
7/11/2014 07:50:09 am
"You want me to discus the as-yet completely imaginary field of "Exo-Archaeology" on your program, *and* do so sight-unseen? I'll do it on one condition: I get to punch Hoagland and Bara in their respective throats".
7/11/2014 08:18:46 am
Nah, just a narcissistic moron...
7/11/2014 11:50:43 am
EP, as to your "why" question, my take is the old; "if you can't dazzle them with your brilliance, blind them with bulls**t." See? Easy as pie and twice as old. Just my opinion, yours may vary.
7/11/2014 01:03:43 pm
Oh, I get *that*! I'm curous about why spin of all things is such a fertile source of physics quackery...
7/11/2014 09:00:59 am
Regarding the name change from Sci-Fi to SyFy, I believe this was a rational decision driven purely from economics.
7/11/2014 08:33:22 am
I notice the Iapetus theories have not yet been given any attention on Mainstream TV shows dealing with "Fringe" Alien theories.
7/11/2014 01:17:34 pm
You mean the theory that Iapetus is a gigantic spaceship?
7/11/2014 02:47:28 pm
I obviously don't believe everything about it. But it does seem to be true that it's not emitting as much Gravity as it's apparently size says it should. Which makes me thing it could be Hollow.
7/11/2014 03:23:57 pm
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7/11/2014 09:24:19 pm
What I recall is the theory of Iapetus being hollow was being said by a Skeptic of the whole "Death Star" theory, to explain it's odd shape.
7/12/2014 05:18:30 am
7/12/2014 07:25:54 am
But normally ones as large as Iapetus as much closer to being perfectly Spherical then it is.
7/12/2014 07:32:57 am
You must have missed the part where Gregor just wrote "many of the Gas Giant moons have incredible gravitational forces pulling at them, resulting in pseudo-tectonic shifts, flexion and equatorial ridges"
7/15/2014 02:06:39 am
"I obviously don't believe everything about it. But it does seem to be true that it's not emitting as much Gravity as it's apparently size says it should."
7/12/2014 02:34:03 pm
Arthur c Clarke already did this topic in his original short story the sentinel and 2001 which also had Iapetus as the home of the monolith.
7/12/2014 06:16:19 pm
OMG they must have seen Iron Sky! That's the cheesy but hilarious Moon Nazi movie from two years back. Or as someone said, Transformers 3. We didn't go back to the moon because it is expensive to go there, and we have to bring our own habitat. Someday we'll go back, but we are not going to find alien bases there.
7/13/2014 08:41:12 am
"plasma physicist Dr. John Brandenburg (identified here as a Defense Department expert even though the claim doesn’t appear in his biography)"
7/15/2014 12:43:24 am
I really didn't like "Iron Sky", thought it was a lot less funny than it thought it was, and way too heavy-handed (and a bit racist).
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