To my mind, this need not take away from speculations about the spiritual or inter-dimensional element to what was happening with the ancients and their wisdom about the natural world. But 'drunken on the fantastical' is something that myself and many others have been guilty of.
These people did, physically build the Pyramids. From my perspective and life experiences that doesn't have to mean they weren't in contact with intelligences in non 3D space time. It just means they weren't levitating blocks with magnetic fields or Atlantian energy crystals or some other such nutty thing. Occult or no occult the physical world must be dealt with in accordance with laws of the physical world.
Even if the gods of mythology came down from space to ravage the world with thunder and brimstone, they're still have to bridge their world into ours or it would only appear in our minds.
All that said I like that Ancient Aliens brought the issue of ancient ET contact more into the common lexicon. That it was so full of flaky manipulation is the greatest crime of all. And I agree holding orthodox science up against its own standards of virtue will leave you just as disappointed. I like to see more about Gobekli Tepe - the implications are a bit scary for the main stream still I think. Makes the notions like a 12,000 year old Sphinx suddenly appear not so far fetched.
But like you say, with Ancient Aliens, like anything else, in the end its about the money made from the show. The more fantastic, the more Crest is going to pay for that toothpaste commercial.
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