Netflix released volume two of its ‘Unsolved Mysteries‘ revival. Original show creators John Cosgrove and Terry Dunn Meurer return along with Shawn Levy acting as executive producer.
These six episodes deal with all manner of mysterious occurrences. Political intrigue, supernatural forces, child abductions, vanishing murderers, and strange suicides are all explored this time around. Each entry interviews the victims, their families, friends, law enforcement, and other parties involved to find out exactly what happened in each story.
“Death Row Fugitive” I found disheartening. A man who murdered a young girl, confessed, was tried, and convicted was allowed to escape after a misguided prison program allowed hardened criminals to go for a mall shopping spree. He vanished into thin air and remains at large. It was hard to watch knowing that the family is terrorized knowing he is out there.
Similar to the first volume, the quality is excellent. The filmmakers and crew do an excellent job of bringing some very intriguing crimes and presenting us with the facts to help piece together the possibilities. No stone was left unturned, especially when it came to the high quality of the program.
Last time, I mentioned that I felt that this program was more exploitive than the original series. I still say that is true. Particularly, the episode “Tsunami Spirits,” which dealt with alleged sightings of ghosts in Ishinomaki, Japan following a tsunami in 2011. Several of the subjects interviewed appeared to be having mental troubles and instead of them receiving help, they are being interviewed about ghost possessions. I found that troubling that the producers would take that route. Granted, the folks involved were adults and I am sure they thought it through.
Sorry to repeat myself, but one thing I missed that did not carry over for this “reboot” is the narrator. The original version had dynamite actors like Raymond Burr, Karl Malden, Robert Stack, Virginia Madsen, and Dennis Farina (the last three of whom I watched). This one just shows scenes of the interviews with no narrator, juxtaposed with archival footage from the locations of the crimes. This was a mistake as it was something that made Unsolved Mysteries unique, but now it felt like just another Netflix true-crime documentary.
Check out the trailer below:
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