It’s no secret that I love Bruce Campbell! I have followed his career from the beginning. Evil Dead brought me in and probably gave me my first taste of fandom. I was thrilled to learn Bruce had a new project after the early demise of Ash vs Evil Dead. He is now the star of Ripley’s Believe It or Not.
I was skeptical when I watched the first episode; reality TV is not usually my thing. The first two stories did kind of bore me, but it’s Bruce, so I wasn’t giving up. The last person on the first show was Twisty Troy (Troy James), and I couldn’t look away. He was amazing! I also found a personal connection to him, as I previously enjoyed watching his character in The Flash. Now I find myself excited to see the show, though sometimes it’s hard to watch since you find yourself in shock that people are attempting fate. It definitely makes me look boring!
The show also brought me back to my childhood. My mother had a set of books (Time-Life Books if I remember correctly) that taught us different things about the world. I use to re-read the one on human abnormalities. I was fascinated by conjoined twins, the world’s smallest woman, a man with no legs, and more. As I grew older, I learned of the 1932 film Freaks and, after months of tracking it down, I finally got to watch the film. Watching Ripley’s allowed me to reminisce about these moments.
Human capabilities are incredible. By the end of the first episode, I found myself excited that there was a show celebrating the amazing things people can do. In the words of the band Bad Religion, “Sometimes Truth is Stranger than Fiction.”
If you want to learn more, Ripley’s Believe It or Not is appearing at San Diego Comic Con (SDCC). And if you know Bruce, you know he wasn’t going to let them go small! They will have a booth, an offsite event, an autograph signing, and a panel. I encourage you to visit their website to learn more: https://www.ripleys.com/SDCC/.