Twenty years ago, there was a popular Fox drama called the X-Files which dealt with two FBI agents investigating paranormal phenomena. It starred David Duchovney and Gillian Anderson and focused on their efforts to prove/debunk various mysterious happenings by flying out to some new location and investigating the monster/alien of the week.
The opening to the show was a series of spooky photos showing things like UFOs, the Loch Ness monster, ghosts, etc… Then, about halfway through the sequence, they have a quick montage of two seeds sprouting underground and starting to grow in a mirror-image type of way while the words “Paranormal Activity” or something floated above them. Is there something weird about seeds that I’m not aware of? Would two people walking through the woods really think “OMFG it’s Bigfoot AND THERE ARE A COUPLE OF LIMA BEANS SPROUTING NEXT TO HIM!!!”
Is there some paranormal behavior of beans that I’m not aware of?
Heh. It looks kind of cool though, doesn’t it? And I’m not sure it’s less weird than a plasma globe, a hand where someone has coloured a phalanx in red, an eye, or video of sky played back too fast.
Despite the fact that it makes little sense, it’s one of my favourites, and I think it still ups my heart rate and adrenaline a little every time I see it. I’m sure I’m not the only one who, on seeing a scene (in anything) end with a character confronted by something scary and weird, followed by a fade to black (and ideally with a long scream), expects that particular title sequence to come next.
Not paranormal, no. But the first person to figure out how genetics worked was Gregor Mendel, who figured out how inheritance worked by breeding pea plants. Given that one of the major themes of the show was aliens conducting genetic experimentation on humans, it might be a reference to Mendel.