Monday, February 27, 2012

Guidestones' Premiere and Impressions: An Episode Review

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Guidestones.org has its debut episode online, and the content it delivers is certainly mysterious as the monolith that stands in Elbert County, Georgia. The game is afoot, and this interactive online series is ready to tease as well as tantalize.

The producers of this show certainly understand the medium of creating a television show for the internet generation well. When plenty of distractions can arise while web surfing, the segments offered here are short. The first episode clocks in at about three minutes and it ends with a cliffhanger. The length is perfect to build the suspense and the production quality is in par with the summer blockbusters.

Viewers will have to either wait for the next episode by joining a mailing list, or visit on their own terms. Either way, this series will no doubt draw new viewers in. By signing up, supplemental material will be emailed out. The link for episode two was sent out to those who subscribed and it continues with the tradition of building a very succulent mystery. In addition to revealing who Harold X. Glenndenning is, this one features City TV's (Toronto) Gord Martineau in a cameo role. He plays himself, a news anchor.

For the lead character, Sandy's (Supinder Wraich) natural curiosity is what drives the show. How any of these characters she meets or learns about tie in to her research into Christian architecture is the grand mystery. She thinks the Georgia stones foretell the end of the world, but does it? 2012 is upon us and many people are divided as for what the final month of this year will mean. Some viewers may even be inclined to do their own research.

Brad Meltzer's Decoded took one look at the mystery last year (it primarily considers an apocalyptic event) and a recent issue of Atlantis Rising (#92) even suggests a paranormal connection in Doctor Robert Schoch’s article, “The Georgia Guidestone Mystery.”

He reveals that the area to which these stones exist is traditionally considered to be the “belly button, or navel of the Earth” by the local Native Americans. Several tribes, namely the Cherokee, are known to exist in the region and this article would have benefited if he identified if that belief is with a specific band or just one specific colony. One construction worker, Charlie Clamp, reported hearing strange music and disjointed voices when he was constructing the monolith. Maybe the Georgia Guidestones are a portal to the Other Side.

When considering Sandy’s ghostly encounter in the first episode, anything is possible as she explores these stones origins. But as Schoch points out, the truth may never be known for certain. But for the filmmakers, they will certainly offer up an interpretation.

Overall 7.5 out of 10.

Watch this thriller here:

The Guidestones Homepage

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