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  • Why are they saying the werewolf does not change into full wolf or what ever? She could have been not done changing.
    • Why are they saying that? The example given for transformation in primates is the mandrill. Not that much of a change all things considered. People are just conditioned to see a massive transformation in lycanthropes, I guess.
      • They could very well have been attempting to evoke the feeling of the "original" wolfman played by Lon Chaney, Jr., who actually still looked very human except for being covered in fur and acting like a wolf. Admittedly, that's unlikely, since the werewolf art on the official website shows the titular creature as looking essentially like a human (specifically Sophie from the same episode), hair and all, except with a wolf-like snout. My best guess is that the werewolf was mid-transformation at the end of the episode, as suggested above.

  • The episode was awesome, and one of their best ones, but why did they do Zombie? They're not animals. Did they even mention animals besides human and zombie?
    • They didn't, despite numerous animal zombies in nature both animal and fungal. A big miss.
      • Zombies are technically creatures. Poltergeist...I got nothing.
      • Humans are a species animals, you know, and since zombies seem to have been human... so there's the justification.

  • Every purely supernatural creature from the most recent Poltergeist to the original season's Skinwalker are just epic pieces of "Why is this on animal planet again?"
    • Simple answer: It's all about the ratings.
    • Well I think being a shapeshifter the skinwalker should count. What I don't get is what was he trying to do.

  • Enigma Corporation, if that's not the name for people you send in when you think it's paranormal nothing is. And yet they're not, what gives?
    • Frankly they should fire who ever thought the Puzzle piece logo was a good idea.
    • I like it.

  • Why the bloody hell didn't any of the three cops fire off a single shot in Devil Monkey? You'd think being attacked by giant flesh eating monkeys would be good enough reason to pull the trigger.
    • The sheriff gains some sanity points as he does at least try and hold the creature off, as well as being Genre Savvy enough to not leave a local legend completely out of the equation. The ATF agents, however, are particularly stupid. Not only do they ignore strange animal calls and mangled human bodies, they go out unarmed and, obviously, end up killed by the titular creatures. Really the whole last 3 minutes is Too Dumbto Live incarnate.
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    • The other two officers may not have been able to fire once they were attacked, either because they were panicking too much to think straight since they were being mauled by giant monkeys, or they may dropped their guns in the attack. It still doesn't justify why they weren't more on their toes given all the other evidence around them.

  • Was it Bigfoot in Predator Mask or A Predator in a Bigfoot Suit?
    • Context is for the weak, it is?
      • At the end of the Bigfoot episode, the poacher attacks the park ranger, trying to break into the building she's in, but is suddenly attacked offscreen by the Bigfoot and found strung up in one of his own traps, reminiscent of Predator. As to why, it's often implied in fiction that Bigfoot as a species is sentient or at least intelligent, and Lost Tapes was no exception: the ranger notes that Bigfoot seems to recognize that she's trying to help and is watching over her in turn, then the poacher attacks her. Big mistake.

  • Why did Mooney stab Q instead of just blowing its brains out to begin with? If the dagger brought him into the world, why would it be the best chance of taking him out?
    • It's called being Genre Savvy. It's rather clear they were perfectly accepting the possibilty Q was supernatural, so clearly the beast thing to do in that situation is use something that's supernatural against it. The dagger was able to bring Q to life (she didn't know Q had been growing the entire time, so she thought Q was summoned by it), so it's supernatural and clearly the best option. And considering Q screamed in pain when stabbed with it, it clearly worked. For all we know, that might have been why machine gun fire hurt it.
      • But if Q is an immortal entity, he cannot be hurt or killed as, keep in mind, HE IS A FUCKING GOD!!
      • Thus why a supernatural weapon would be the best choice. And not all mythological Gods are immortal. I think Aztecs are among the ones who believed Gods could be killed.
      • Um, remember, gods can't die or be killed.
      • Says who?
      • It's like the first rule of immortality, that you can't die or be killed.
      • And not all Gods are immortal. Baldr from Norse Mythology was killed mistletoe and all the gods will die at Ragnarök. In one myth Quetzalcoatl kills himself and his heart becomes a star.
      • She also may not actually be killing it for GOOD...She may have just caused it to be unsummoned. Essentially "If this summoned him....maybe it can UNSUMMON him!"

  • For being one of the favorites, the episode Devil Dragon has one massive plot hole. The entire conclusion is based on the premise that he was bitten by the creature earlier, was infected by the bacteria in its mouth and then dragged off at the end. However, there are a few problems. First off, the guy was bitten by the creature and treated it almost as a bug bite or snakebite. Yeah there were some pretty big red marks on his arm, but he doesn't seem to realize that he was just bitten by a lizard that ranges from fifteen to nearly thirty feet in length, which is a bit of a reach even if it was a matter of this being one of the smaller specimens. Secondly, given that the Megalania's behavior in the episode was plainly supposed to be based off of Komodo Dragon behavior (which they said as much during the episode itself), and that the Komodo Dragon ascribes to the same school of "Attack Once for Massive Damage" as the Great White Shark, before retreating to wait for the target to bleed out/weaken from infection, the hiker should have had a chunk of his arm ripped the hell off, not those lame bite marks. Kind of sad really.
    • Early series lack of budget. The future seasons had much higher budgets, so gore couldn't be nearly as good. If it'd been a season 2 episode, odds are it'd have been a much more severe wound.

  • Why is Quetzalcoatl evil? He was the only god that not only didn't need sacrifices, but frowned upon them.
    • There is the WMG that the cultists seriously messed up and either summoned the wrong god or corrupted it summoning it by sacrifices. Or just ticked him off sending him on a rampage.
      • I have a theory that the cultists didn't do their research and thought Quetzalcoatl wouldn't mind the sacrifice (I don't think it was ever said that a sacrifice couldn't summon Quetzalcoatl, just that he actively discouraged them). When they summoned him, he was so angry that he killed them all for being idiots.

  • Does no one know that video cameras have a VCR function that allow you to see what you just shot? So when people say, "What? What?" you can actually show them?
    • In some cases, it might just be that that was either not what they were focusing on or they brushed it off as nothing.
    • A sea monster in a lake is caught on camera eating a friend and there's no reason to rewind? Head Desk.

  • In the "Poltergeist" episode, how did Jeremy's camera see Charles (the serial killer), when the other camera in the room has him screaming at nothing? Shouldn't it be that only he could see it while every camera can't?
    • The most likely explanation for this probably has to do with the energies Charles sends off. The episode shows Charles able to affect electronics in various ways (e.g. flickering the lights, changing the TV), presumably through the strange energy that keeps him haunting the house. It's possible he was doing something similar with Jeremy's camera, letting off some energy that made him visible to just Jeremy's camera and none of the others. Also note that Jeremy's camera is the only one really close to Charles (he's standing right in front of him); the cameras in the closet and adjourning room are all positioned a few feet away. Charles's energies might have greater affect when the object is closer to him, so Jeremy's camera might've picked him up simply because his ghostly energy was so great and focused in that one location. A bit of stretch perhaps, but it's the most reasonable explanation this troper can conjure up.

  • In "Thunderbird", how come the kid managed to survive? Is the Thunderbird really crap at killing people?
    • The implication seems to be that the Thunderbird was carrying him off somewhere but dropped him, and perhaps didn't try again because there were lots of scary motor vehicles below it.

  • In "Vampire", how come the vampires don't violently attack the child or mother at first, yet later on they go on a violent rampage, smashing a door to get to the family?
    • You'd be surprised how passive a predator can be when stalking its prey, especially since it has to avoid being seen or else its prey might flee—or worse, fight back. The later rampage could be explained by a mix of aggression (the vampires lived in that house, after all, and earlier one of them had attacked an exterminator because he had invaded its den) and the fact that its fruitless hunts were beginning to push it to its limits.

  • Why was the episode that featured the Owl Man entitled "Death Raptor"?
    • Owls are raptors and the creature in the episode was deadly.
      • So why isn't it called "Owl Man"?
      • Seems to just be a trait of the show. A few episodes are named giving a name that more describes the creature instead of what the actual name is. The one focused on Megalania was called "Devil Dragon," the one about Black Shuck was "Hellhound," the giant centipedes were "Death Crawler." They probably think these names just sound cooler.


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