Pros: Has some fine programming... and some very well done series
Cons: Then there's this
What follows is a re-write and partial re-think of the very first review I wrote at Epinions. In an unexplainable fit of nostalgia (possibly brought on by the huge pizza and large amount of Arctic Apple Green Kool-Aid consumed that night) I was looking at some of my old reviews and felt I was perhaps needlessly abrupt and harsh...that perhaps a second look at this was in order. Ok, maybe not. You be the judge.
A few nights ago, I turned the television on and retreated to the Porcelain Seat of Contemplation and Reflection for a brief meditative pause before settling in for some late-night Cable TV watching. My eliminatory meditation was suddenly interrupted by a female voice, saying;
"I could literally feel it in different parts of my body"
These are the words of Sonya Fitzpatrick, "Pet Psychic"; describing the trauma she supposedly "psychicly" picked up from an unhappy hound. The woman claims to be able to psychicly communicate with animals. In different parts of her body, one should suppose.
I'm a fan of educational programming, by and large, and I like education to be entertaining...thus, I generally am in favor of Animal Planet....until I ran across Pet Psychic .
As I watched this woman give generalities about how happy the dog/cat/pig/duck was on today's program...what they thought about their owners and their names, etc... I'm thinking "I feel something in different parts of my body too...it's called nausea."
Yet somehow,the woman has amassed quite a large following. She's obviously a skilled animal behaviorist, and not too shabby at relating to humans, either. I do have to admit being impressed with a segment where she supposedly talked with a horse that had not been eating for several days, and the horse began eating again. I do have a suspicious mind enough to the point where I want to see a notarized affidavit by the owners and a veterinarian stating that the horse had not been eating until Sonya Fitzpatrick stepped in to save the day.
But, more than anything else, good grief... Dr. Doolittle meets John Edwards.... this is ridiculous. The woman has a brilliant and sneaky premise....the animal can not contradict her if she's wrong, and the owners sit, smile, and agree, like good pets...um..owners.
I watched her analyze three dogs, two cats, and a duck, two llamas, and a camel, (where do people GET these pets?) and wondered to myself. "She gets paid for this?" I did hear her say "There are many smart pets, but not many smart humans"... I think I realize why she feels this program will fly.The statement just keeps reoccurring to me. On the whole, I can recommend the Animal Planet channel
as midway decent fare, which is why I've given it three stars. But Pet Psychic belongs in the trash.
Well, it's entertaining , but I'm not going to buy the idea until somebody's pet wins the lottery. besides, if this was for real...and I'm not convinced it is, I'd rather not know what my goldfish is thinking.
"Okay...I'm in a bowl...it's round...there's water here..."
Yours until my cat tells me he is going on strike and presents me with a list of demands
Hugh U. Kidden