Wednesday, May 26, 2010

History Channel: Ancient Aliens: The Return

The History channel aired Episode 5 of “Ancient Aliens” on May 25, called “The Return”. Lest this sound like the last movement of Beethoven’s “Les Adieux” Sonata, be warned: this program examined, toward the end, how the world would react if there were incontrovertible evidence of alien visitation.

It also supposes that man got his great break from earlier alien visitations, as supposedly evidence by similarities of achievements and pyramids of ancient civilizations around the world.

There have been many movies that present an alien visitation (I like Shyamalan’s “Signs”) but none (not even “V” with Anna) have really shown how the world and media would deal with it. The foundations of our religious faiths would be shattered, or would they: in 2008, the Vatican admitted that alien life could exist, and the current Pope is open to the idea intellectually. The Vatican even has its own SETI.

In fact, the episode started with a history of SETI, and an account of a brief signal received by an Ohio astronomer in August 1977, which never recurred.

The show gave an account of UFO lights over Los Angeles in February 1942, for which fighters scrambled, and goes on to speculate about Hitler’s interest in UFO’s. It covers Roswell in 1947, but more briefly than other films; however it suggests that the military was already prepped for an encounter, and that some of the bodies found in the field have never been identified as human or non-human.

Both FDR and Eleanor Roosevelt, according to the program, promoted the idea of a United Nations because we would need a “united front” to answer an alien encounter.

The show disagrees with Stephen Hawking’s assertion that if aliens contact us they might treat us the way the English colonists treated native Americans in the New World. They may have a sense of altruism, and may actually have seeded our human culture in ancient times, and intend for us to join them some day.

The narration had some gaffes, referring to finding a signal in a "consetllation" and then referring to the "Sirius constellation".  A constellation is a view of stars at varying distances from Earth. Sirius is the brightest star from Earth, about 8 light years away (actually a double star), and much younger than the Sun.

UFOReport extract from History Channel series on YouTube:

Wikipedia attribution link for image of Gen. Ramey balloon associated with Roswell incident,

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