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'On the Trail of UFOs' review: UFO docu-series willing to break new ground

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‘On the Trail of UFOs’ review: UFO docu-series willing to break new ground

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On the Trail of UFOs is another release from Seth Breedlove and Small Town Monsters. The group have tackled many different parts of American folklore, including Bigfoot and the Bell Witch. It was only a matter of time before one of the most popular phenomena in American culture was covered.

The eight-episode series wisely divides each installment into a particular case. Of course, famous events such as the Betty and Barney Hill abduction are featured. And what UFO investigation would be complete without a section devoted to Area 51? However, On the Trail of UFOs also includes lesser known cases like the Exeter Incident, a 1965 series of sightings in New Hampshire. This keeps things fresh for the viewer.

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On the Trail of UFOs does well to visit ideas not normally found in these types of series. In what will seem like blasphemy to some, it’s willing to posit that UFOs may not, in fact, be from outer space. The ideas given still reside in the land of the fantastic, but it can be refreshing to hear a different take.

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The series also does a great job bringing a sense of awe. As one gets older, the same intrigue and wonderment found in UFO stories tends to dissipate. On the Trail of UFOs allows the viewer to sit back and just enjoy what they’re watching.

Shannon Legro is a wonderful host for each episode. One of the main issues with these types of series is the host has a tendency to take center stage, detracting from what the show may have to offer. Legro knows how to set up moments and when to let them play out on their own. This makes On the Trail of UFOs stand out more than it otherwise might.

There are some subjects that have been covered so much they lose interest. It begins to seem like everything that can be done has been. On the Trail of UFOs does cover some of the expected topics that deal with the subject, but it’s also unafraid to explore new avenues. Whether a person believes is up to the individual, but it’s an entertaining and interesting watch.

Small Town Monsters’ yearly Kickstarter just launched last night! Contribute now for On the Trail of UFOs: Dark Sky, TWO more On the Trail of Bigfoot documentaries, and the Howl of the Rougarou! And maybe, just maybe … a backer-exclusive Flatwoods Monster statue?!

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