I started watching Hellier a few weeks ago but soon found myself listening to it while getting on with something else.
It’s a documentary about a small team of paranormal investigators following up on leads about three-toed goblins and UFOs in the town of Hellier and other locations in the Appalachian mountains.
Think Deliverance. Imagine dropping in on those small towns and exploring the heavily wooded steep mountainsides. There are many old mine workings which, it is suggested, are the entrance ways to a network of tunnels inhabited by small creatures which might be origin of legends of goblins or even grey aliens.
The investigators are serious about their work, dedicated, and thorough. There’s no doubt about their will and energy to investigate with integrity. The examples of synchroncity are intriguing and for a while you feel that they’re really on to something.
The problem with Hellier as I see it, is it’s just too long. For example, you don’t need to spend precious air time discussing how to trace an IP address from an email header. There’s just too much padding and the net result is that you watch an episode with a bewildered sense of, “Is that it?“.
Some heavy editing (how about 50%) would speed up the pace and provide more impact. I see it’s generated three out of five stars in reviews and I’d say that’s accurate.