WARNING! Watching just two or three episodes of UFO Planet on YouTube can lead to permanent addiction.
Okay, I admit I’m a UFO boffin, and so am susceptible to intriguing videos of mysterious triangular objects sailing across the moon, and tantalizing footage of bizarre lights in the sky that get me saying: “I just don’t know what that could be!”
But UFO Planet offers as much to the certified UFO fanatic as to those with merely a casual interest in the possibility that: “The ETs have arrived!”
The show is created, produced and hosted by Darin Crapo out of Medicine Hat, Alberta, but looks like its being beamed down to earth from a conference room on Star Trek’s USS Enterprise. Crapo delivers his material from a cleverly created set with a slick Star Trek Next Generation Federation of Planets motif.
As for Crapo, (pronounce it KRAY-po), he seems a guy genetically-engineered to host an Internet UFO show. He’s a combination of charismatic-intelligent techie geek and affable small-town guy — he pulls off the difficult challenge of presenting highly controversial material with an open mind, but a healthy dollop of skeptical inquiry — and always with an engaging sense of humor.
Each episode features UFO video clips and still photos sent to Crapo from around the world. Now that practically everyone is armed with a video-camera-smartphone, there seems an endless imagery supply of anomalous flying disks, rods, orbs, triangular object and exotic amorphous objects.
For the first time in history, all that sky candy prowling our skies is subject to capture by a general public that is tech-enabled like never before.
Crapo has formed contributing relationships with some of the more addicted “semi-pro” sky watchers who have been watching the skies for a long time. They are attaching video equipment to backyard astronomical telescopes, and they’re capturing some truly spectacular imagery.
A prime example is a UFO Planet favorite, a San Diego observer who goes by the handle of “Crow 777.” In a recent episode, Crow 777 offered a fantastic video of a triangular object sailing across the face of the moon as seen through the enlarged image of his telescope — not to be missed.
As tantalizing as the video footage is, Crapo truly shines when he conducts interviews with UFO investigators, both obscure and amateur, the famous or near famous. Among the recent best is a chat with high-profile attorney Daniel Sheehan — famous for his legal work on such major cases as the Pentagon Papers, Watergate Break-In and the Silkwood nuclear plant case.
Today Sheehan is heavily involved in legal maneuvers that are attempting to wrestle classified information from the U.S. Government to find out what it knows about UFOs, and what our leaders are not telling us. Guys like Sheehan bring a staid credibility to the UFO issue, and Crapo astutely balances his show with information of this caliber — although he also brings us some of the more fringy characters one can always find in ufology circles.
UFO Planet has logged about 120 episodes over the past year, or so — and Crapo has been keeping it fresh by consistently upgraded the look and content of his site.
The latest innovation is the addition of charming co-host Dillan Reece. Lovely and commanding a smooth delivery, Reece brings a welcome female flavor to what sometimes can become the “overly-man-cave-like” venue of the UFO world.
Finally, UFO Planet is a production with a heart. Crapo occasionally runs anti-bullying public service announcements, deftly deals with the inevitable crops of trolls that infest any controversial Internet site, and allows no profane language. No borish behavior or cuss words allowed here!
Thus, UFO Planet easily earns a top spot on my “check every day for new content” list of YouTube Channels. I’ll sum up the site with Darin Crapo’s own two favorite words: “Absolutely fascinating!”