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Monsters
Season 1 - Episode 3
Monsters

It's time to check under the bed and dust off your degree in cryptozoology, because this was one Monster of an episode!

Flight of the Mothman

In Point Pleasant, West Virginia, locals report a hulking, winged beast with glowing red eyes called "The Mothman." This beast is known to terrorize a wooded road popular among teenagers looking to steal kisses in the dark. The Mothman wasn't an entirely unwelcome presence in Point Pleasant until sightings began to coincide with unfortunate and even deadly events. Almost overnight, this tall tale of a tourist attraction became taboo, and there are people who, to this day, will not so much as mention the Mothman.

Real-life Monster hunter Ker Gerhard believes the Mothman to be an accumulation of negative energy given form. However, Gerhard's attempts to lure the beast out of the shadows using the recorded cries of injured forest animals have largely failed. While Gerhard maintains his conviction that the Mothman is a very real, others have aligned descriptions of the beast with something a bit more mundane. Paranormal Investigator Joe Nickel has concluded that the Mothman is little more than the local Bard Owl, a large, nocturnal bird with the characteristic glowing red eyes that are consistent among all Mothman sightings. The Mothman may be little more than a trick of the mind, or a shadow in the woods, but no matter what the creature may be, he's certainly made a lasting impression on this small town.

Red Globster

Huge, unidentifiable organic masses have been washing up on beaches across the globe puzzling scientists and monster hunters alike. Dubbed "Globsters", these fleshy, sinewy denizens of the deep have been so difficult to identify due to the lack of both cartilage and bone - a necessary structural element in almost all animal life on the planet, and certainly all life that could hope to achieve the size of these so-called Globsters.

Mathew Wedel, a professor of anatomy, believes that collagen is the missing link in the mystery of the Globster. While we may be most familiar with collagen as an additive to some of our favorite celebrities' faces, it is in fact a powerful biological substance with a tensile strength comparable to that of steel. In humans, collagen helps support the ankle, but is otherwise sparse within the body. Whales, however, are almost completely coated in a layer of sturdy collagen underneath their skin, accounting for their ability to dive to depths beyond the capabilities of even a submarine. Since collagen is such tough stuff, when a whale dies it can take years for the carcass to rot. Scavengers will gnaw through the gristle allowing the bones and innards to sink to the ocean floor leaving behind a 100 foot long tube of skin to be buffeted and misshapen by the tide and eventually deposited onto a distant shore as a Globster.

"Gorilla" Warfare

During a particularly nasty heat wave in New Delhi, reports began to flood local emergency rooms as upwards of 800 patients attributed their various slashes and gashes to a rampaging "Monkey Man." Though some theorized that the creature may have been a Hindu Avatar, theologians strongly contest this claim as Avatars, thought potentially beastly in appearance, are traditionally beneficent beings.

Instead, cryptozoologists like Scott Marlowe turn to recently declassified Soviet documents describing genetic experiments performed on apes in hopes of breeding hybrid super-soldiers. Believing that such abominations would make a perfect tool for Indian guerilla warfare against longtime rival, Pakistan, Marlowe is convinced that the Monkey Man is a lab rat run amok. And while all of that may seem a world away from the safety of your screen, beware! Because Marlowe seems to be pretty sure that similar experiments are being conducted on American soil as you read these very words. Now that's Weird or what!

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