11 Things to Watch Rather Than SyFy’s Aliens on the Moon “Documentary”

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There are some things we encounter in the world that just make a person want to shake their head. We, at GeekDad, recently received a press release from a public relations company asking us to post an announcement about an upcoming “SYFY Event Documentary” titled “ALIENS ON THE MOON: THE TRUTH EXPOSED” because they are certain that our readers will be intrigued. As we care deeply for our readers we wish to make sure you read our announcement.

Announcement: Do not waste any of your time on the farcical waste that will premiere on the SyFy channel on July 20th titled “ALIENS ON THE MOON: THE TRUTH EXPOSED.”

Let me point out the obvious. None of what you would see if you wasted your time watching this fiction will actually provide any credible evidence of extraterrestrial life. If there is ever actual evidence of extraterrestrial life you will hear about it through journalism and not as a documentary on a channel that specializes in science fiction. Additionally, if there is any legitimacy to such a discovery, it will be in a scientific journal and peer reviewed.

The term documentary is defined by Google, in this context, as:

(of a movie, a television or radio program, or photography) using pictures or interviews with people involved in real events to provide a factual record or report.

Even if the intention of this program is to present something purely for entertainment, attaching the term documentary to the program is ridiculous. I am certain there are enough weasel words used to ensure that a fraud charge would not hold up in court. However, the SyFy channel should be ashamed of itself all the same, but I am sure it is not. I hold out hope that, somewhere in the organizational chain, there are people who at least feel like sell-outs even if they don’t feel bad about those sentiments.

I have decided to not include any of the “shocking highlights” listed in the release. It is just not worth any additional attention from GeekDad. Instead, how about a few alternatives to watching this tripe?

Want a documentary on space? How about any of the IMAX movies about space exploration? I’ve been enjoying those since I was in middle school and getting ready for Space Camp. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve seen “The Dream Is Alive” and I still enjoy a viewing from time to time. Here are just some personal favorite IMAX space documentaries available on Amazon:

Alternatively, you might want some great space centered entertainment. Actual science fiction not trying to pose as reality. Again, some of my go to favorites:

Looking for a hybrid? There are some entertaining movies based on actual events but are dramatizations mean to be entertaining while still being somewhat grounded in what really happened:

The programs listed here are just the tip of the iceberg. There is a vast amount of actual information out there in documentary form and even more entertainment that is worth your leisure time. Don’t waste your time on the ridiculous program that will air on SyFy. I’m sure you have better things to do with your time.

Silver lining: At least they acknowledge that we landed on the Moon. For now.

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