In a previous post, “Ghost Adventures: The Old Days”, linked at the end of this article, had mentioned how Ghost Adventures changed my life. But there is something different about that show now. In all honesty, the show is nothing like it was when I first discovered it. It’s in the middle of its 21st season and has made a drastic change from the brand new season 3 I found.
In the beginning, it seemed these guys were looking for just ghosts and lost spirits, and they got terrified if the word “Demon” was thrown around. Now, it seems the darkness and demonic activity are all they look for now. The main focus is the demons and the pain that the paranormal is causing people, rather than the simple curiosity of ghosts that started the show. There’s almost no mention of innocent spirits anymore. Anything even remotely nice is a potential demon in disguise. We the audience are reminded every episode that innocent spirits, especially young children, are a common disguise for demonic entities. It seems that now the crew is purposely only looking for places full of demonic energy, places that have had Ouija boards used to summon something, places that have been made famous because of demonic and Satanist activity, even places that are active satanic worship sights at this moment. Every lockdown involves a full 30 minutes of calling out demons and bad spirits, watching the crew insult, taunt, and provoke these evil spirits, and then complaining that it’s too dark or that something bad has attached to them. Some episodes end with regret. This is not every episode, but it’s overwhelmingly many of them. The first investigation, the documentary in 2004 with Zak Bagans, Nick Groff, and Aaron Goodwin, investigated two places haunted by a few typical distressed ghosts but did have reports and evidence of spirits that seek to harm the living. No one was directly attacked, but the brick and boards were thrown, some threatening EVPs were caught, and Zak and Nick were overwhelmed with negative feelings at least once at the Goldfield Hotel and the Washoe Club. The first episode of the actual show Ghost Adventures was at Bobby Mackey’s Music World, a heavily demonic location. The evidence and reactions were of fear many times and they left feeling negative afterward. They even mention several times later that this one place left such a scar on their lives. But the episodes later, demonic activity was rarely mentioned. The guys were more focused on communicating with people that tragically died too early, and attacked spirits that harmed the living as “Mean Spirits.” Even when Demons were mentioned, it was taken very seriously. There was so much charisma and so much sadness felt in earlier episodes. In recent episodes, it’s very dark, very depressing, even angering. Today, almost every episode makes it a point that Demon is somehow associated with each location, and it’s as if that’s all they look for, the demons.
It is also worth mentioning Nick Groff’s departure. Groff left during the 10th season. The official reason is that he left because he had a new show and could not do both Ghost Adventures and Ghost Stalkers, his new show that he joined, so he chose Stalkers. Stalkers did, unfortunately, fall through, but a few years later he would start Paranormal Lockdown, being much better than Stalkers. After Nick’s departure, he would release one book and would soon make and release songs. He has a couple of albums out now. It was said he and Zak had a falling out that led to his departure. Paranormal Lockdown is far less popular than Ghost Adventures. I believe the main reason is that Paranormal Lockdown is very casual, laid back, not as thrilling, not as dangerous for the stars. Nick Groff and his fellow star and paranormal investigator Katrina Weidman spend 72 hours straight in haunted locations, actually sleeping in these locations and reviewing their evidence on the spot and doing simple and casual communication. They use no provoking or taunting at all, just casual communication. The episodes are slow, not as exciting or thrilling or even as scary as Ghost Adventures. The crew even tackles demonic activity lighter than Ghost Adventures. I have seen reviews; The majority Ghost Adventures fans have expressed that they love and miss Nick being a member of the original crew, but have expressed that they can not get into Paranormal Lockdown, for it’s too boring and doesn’t hold their attention. I also confess it took a bit of force to get myself into Paranormal Lockdown as much as Ghost Adventures. Being a Paranormal Investigator myself, I still watch it for evidence and tips and methods on my part-time hobby. I also watch it to see Nick more. It’s obvious, Zak wants more action and danger, Nick wants more casualness and peace. In the end, neither method is actually wrong. One may be more dangerous, but I still can’t judge either way.
Ghost Adventures made Billy Tolley and Jay Wasley full members of the show after Nick left like Zak and Aaron’s status. It has been continuing with these four leading it. Although very different, the show is still successful, taking new leaps and continuing their hunt. It’s not an awful thing. There’s always been darkness and evil in this world. Whether you look at it physically or metaphorically, whether you look at the things happening in the world today, actual demons and negative spirits, or both, it’s all always been present. Ghost Adventures just seems to have become more aware of the spiritual darkness and evil recently. The show is being heavily criticised for its overabundance in demon hunting and danger and focusing on darkness more than anything, but it is very prevalent in this world, very much exists, everywhere, whether we want to acknowledge it or not. Whether you want to look at it or not. I have days where I go back to watch the older episodes for that nostalgia, the men that were simply curious and wanted to go ghost hunting. The newer episodes get intense and I need a break from all that demonic craziness for a while. I still watch all the newest episodes I watch as soon as they’re available to stream. Shows change, people change, plots gotta develop and evolve. The show doesn’t seem to be ending anytime soon. I’m interested to see where it continues to go from here.
Blessed be and safe hunting out there
Ghost Adventures: The Old Days: https://ravenoflife.blog/2021/07/13/ghost-adventures-the-old-days/