The coolest aspect of GHI is all the incredible places the team is able to visit and investigate. More often than not, the Hunters find themselves in fascinating old castles, where the recorded histories meld with fable and lore. In this three-disc DVD set containing the first half of season one, their travels take them all over the U.K., to Germany, Italy, Romania, Slovakia and New Zealand.
Where the show stumbles a bit is in its choice of hosts, particularly the stone-faced Robb Demarest. It's obvious that Demarest is a great investigator and team leader from watching the show; it's just that, well, he comes across very awkwardly on camera at first. I never really had considered Ghost Hunters hosts Wilson and Hawes, the two plumbers turned paranormal investigators, to be particularly "charismatic," but compared to Demarest, there's a considerable difference. It's most apparent in the episode "Frankenstein's Castle," in which the team is accompanied by the decidedly more amiable host of Destination Truth, Josh Gates. Gates is relaxed, funny and appears to be having a good time. Demarest, on the other hand, seems to wince in pain whenever he tries to emote or remark on something that isn't strictly business-related. He stares, unblinking at times, and constant looks like he's mentally preparing himself to kick someone's ass. As the first half of the first season comes to a close on these discs, there's a difference in Demarest's demeanor as he begins to act more casually. I know it could simply be me getting used to him, but it appears to be him getting used to hosting a show.
Like Ghost Hunters, GHI can occasionally dip into decidedly "cheesy" territory with its false scares right before commercial breaks and misleading promos at the start of each episode. There's also a particularly obnoxious interchange at the end of one episode when Demarest blurts out, "that ghost got hunted," to which co-Lead Investigator Andrews adds, "International-style!" Guys... don't EVER, EVER do that again!