If you are a fan of Sci-Fi's Ghost Hunters (as I am), you know who Brian Harnois is. He's the cat who was, aside from Grant and Jason, the longest-standing member of the TAPS organization until he unceremoniously left after a series of arguments and foul-ups.
The split was somewhat acrimonious, with both Grant and Jason stating that they would not let him back in, but they did. And I agreed with it at the time. After all, this was only the first season and even though he's a bit of a dink and a slacker, the story was that he was involved in a toxic relationship and under a lot of pressure, so I tend to give most people the benefit of the doubt.
But he came back last season and cemented my initial impression: I just don't like him.
He's a drama queen, attention-seeker, liar, and total slacker. TAPS is not a serious endeavor to him; it is his "cool" factor. If TAPS were a garage band and everyone else was serious, he'd be the guy with the hand-me-down guitar and busted amp because he spends all his money on strippers, liquor, and "pimping" his black and primer muscle car. He'd always show up late for practice with some floozy on one arm and a gallon of whiskey in the other and every session would end in a confrontation (hard to tell I was a musician, isn't it?).
He constantly causes problems, from forgetting equipment to lying about having it, to simply not paying attention to what he's doing. He is so completely jealous of Steve -- and really anyone who gets any amount of attention or collects any evidence -- that I believe he intentionally sabotages things.
And he's so full of shit when it comes to investigations! He's always smelling something, getting light-headed, seeing and feeling things -- he always freaks way the hell out and no one else has the same experiences! Every time he says he felt or saw anything, I cringe and roll my eyes. He is the skeptic's single best weapon against the group.
They should send his melodrama and bad attitude the hell on back to Jersey and get back to business. Notice none of this crap went down when he wasn't with them.
After the premiere last night was the premiere of the new series, Sci-Fi Investigates. I have to admit, I'm not that interested in Vodoun ("voodoo"), so I didn't pay it much mind, but it was pretty interesting all the same -- doubly so when I found out who the guy was they just named.
In the promos, it was always, "An archaeologist, a crime scene investigator, a true believer, and This Guy (I forgot his name)" and I was always like, who is that guy and what does he do? Turns out he is a reality TV "star" from Survivor or something. I guess he's just there to provide some celebrity to the whole thing, which is cool -- hopefully it will get more viewers and the show will stick around for a while, because I think it's a great idea and much welcomed by serious enthusiasts, like myself.
But really, guys, cut Brian Harnois loose.