I’ve had Dish Network for five years, and the more basic cable I watch, the more I’m convinced that the only good television on can be found on a handful of channels: Discovery, The Learning Channel, The Military Channel, The Science Channel, and of course, The History Channel. And the folks out at The History Channel proved that to me with I Know What I Saw, a documentary about UFO sightings they sent me for review.
I Know What I Saw is a huge, ninety minute documentary that puts a whole bunch of witnesses, footage, and stories together to give us a whole lot of framework in one direction–there’s a whole lot of case out there for UFOs, and something is being covered up.
“Exhaustive” is the best possible term to describe I Know What I Saw–I didn’t keep a running count here, but it seemed like at least a couple dozen different people came and went, leaving commentary as they went.
And yet, in a way, this “exhaustive” quality is also largely a factor in why this movie is dissatisfying. Seriously, they’ve put together this INCREDIBLE package, they’ve got evidence out the yin-yang, but for all this depth and all this evidence, the best they’ve managed to achieve in a conclusion is “someone needs to tell us what’s really going on here”.
Yeah. That’s it. Ninety minutes of eyewitness testimony, reenactments, statements, big names and everything in between and the best they can get for a conclusion is “we’re not being told everything and we need to be”. It sounds counter-intuitive; they just lobbed ridiculous amounts of what could be called evidence or proof at us and their conclusion isn’t “there are aliens” or “there aren’t any aliens”, but rather “we just lobbed ninety minutes of proof at you and the best we can come up with is that we haven’t been told everything.”
Still though, if you’ve ever wanted an incredibly in-depth, thorough, and indeed, exhaustive, study of the case for UFOs pretty much to date, then I Know What I Saw will be everything you want.
The Screenhead Ten Scale, meanwhile, gives I Know What I Saw a seven out of ten in recognition of its incredible depth, but recognizes that the end result is actually kind of disappointing.