Shadow People on “Weird or What?”
– – Pity or perhaps envy William Shatner, who just can’t seem to get away from aliens and other unexplained phenomena; on the new Syfy show Weird or What?, the man best known for playing James T. Kirk on the original Star Trek series seems to be thoroughly enjoying himself! The show makes for enjoyable viewing if only to see Shatner, who knows better than to take this stuff or himself too seriously.
An episode of the show concerned parallel dimensions, touching also on crystal skulls and shadow people, who are the stuff of urban legends. Speculation is lively as to whether the dark, featureless silhouette-type figures are spirits, aliens, or visitors from one of those alternative dimensions. Commendably, a scientific explanation was offered by a credentialed individual that perhaps reported sightings of shadow people are really, after all, shadows, with the human brain hard-wired to see patterns in ambiguous stimuli presented to it. Still, eyewitnesses reporting having seen such figures refuse to believe that they are a mere trick of the light.
As William Shatner himself has noted in an interview, the line between being amusing and intriguing is a fine one, and the show is successful in presenting weird stories in an entertaining fashion. For a guy who’s 82, “the Shat” is where it’s at!