Watchers II, The – Review
Publisher: Wild Flower Press
reviewed by: Lynard Barnes 10/5/1995
Summary: Recommended. UFOs, alien abductions and near death experiences. A little logic and common sense–a new approach.
Republished from Crushies Book Reviews – Volume II Issue No. 10 – Oct 1995 – Copyright 1995.
The Watchers II is sectioned into three parts. Part I continues the recalled UFO abduction experiences of Betty and Bob Luca. Part II is a critique of Betty Luca’s experience and Part III a comparison of the UFO abduction experience and the near death experience (NDE).
Fowler has been involved in ufology for thirty years and has been exploring Betty Luca’s abduction experiences for eighteen years. As mentioned in our review of The Watchers (July 1995 issue), the author brings nothing new to the study of the abduction experience, but he does distill from some old ideas a very potent analysis of UFO abductions. In fact, Part II of The Watchers II is required reading if you want to get a quick and thorough introduction to a critical analysis of UFO abductions.
In Bob’s abduction experience we discover that his experiences are different from Betty’s because he is not as highly developed. On page 32, while under hypnosis, he is quoted as saying, “I can get where Betty is, but…I’ve got a lot of studying to do. I need to advance spiritually because, well…I’m a little bit too caught up…in the world…” He says this while watching Betty interact with the aliens in a game of light. Light, Bob explains, is spirit. He is Betty’s protector on earth while she develops spiritually.
The religious overtones of Betty Luca’s abduction experience is highlighted when she is taken by the aliens to meet The One. This trip takes up a sizeable portion of the book. Some very tantalizing and interesting things happen to her on the way. She is being escorted by the little gray aliens of course. She also meets the other type of alien whom she calls the Elders. They are much taller than the grays, with pale skin, white hair and wearing white robes. She is told that they are not like earth men, neither male nor female. She watches some of these Elders play with light. On the way to see the One, she is taken to the hospital bed of a man who appears to be dying. She sees some “black things” attempting to pull something out of the man. The Elder she is with throws two tiny balls of light at them and the “black things” disappeared.
Following the tug of war between what is apparently good and evil, Betty is taken through “The Great Door” to meet the One. It is a place of great light. She hears music and is overcome with a feeling of love and peace. After being in the presence of the One, she is told she must leave. She of course does not want to leave. The entire encounter is reminiscent of reported near death experiences. This is Fowler’s major point. He points out on page 195 that “Betty Andreasson Luca has maintained from the very beginning that her UFO experiences have an integral connection with the Judeo-Christian tradition.” It is not new to UFOlogy, but it has been ignored by UFO investigators.
What is of interest in Betty Luca’s recalled material is the presence of religious overtones. Whether the experiences she relates are valid or not, whether they really happened or are merely the product of some machinations of her mind is not the point. The fact that her mind conceived the experiences and can be interpreted in a religious context is the significant factor.
Part II of The Watchers II is “an evaluation of the UFO abduction experiences reported by the Lucas in the light of a variety of parallels to their experiences.” It is indeed.
Using the Bible, the Dead Sea Scrolls, literature and ancient history, Fowler attempts to show what subliminal material may have influenced Betty and Bob to come up with their recalled abduction experiences. As with any really thorough analysis, it leaves more questions than it answers. For instance, in Betty’s experience, she mentions traveling airborne in a bubble. In examining the movie The Wizard of Oz, Fowler reports, “one clip form this film pictures Dorothy standing transfixed as a big bubble-like object approaches her.” He points out the similarity between the movie and an UFO experience Betty reported having in 1950. Was Betty’s memory of the UFO experience somehow “contaminated” by the 1939 movie? Or was the scene in the movie lifted from someone else who had had a similar experience?
Fowler opens a lot of doors for doubt in Part II of this book. In opening those doors he does not so much question the reality of Bob and Betty’s experiences, but rather the meaning behind the experiences.
He continues in Part III the path he started in The Watchers, relating the UFO and near death experiences. It is an excellent piece of work. Its real significance as a book however is that it opens alternative avenues of exploration for anyone seeking to understand the UFO abduction experience.