Post by Scumhunter on Oct 16, 2019 13:41:17 GMT -5
Well it looks like the answer as to who will be the host of the new Unsolved Mysteries will be... nobody.
They're going for documentary-style- no host or narrator- and only one case an episode.
To be honest, I think this idea might be for the best- Stack is perhaps impossible to replace, he WAS the show. The late Dennis Farina did an ok job considering the circumstances but he was simply retelling old stories.
My only complaint is this is so different from the old version of the show- I personally feel they would have been better off just making it a new series entirely and calling it something other than "Unsolved Mysteries" (even AMW rebranded as The Hunt).
However, still nice to see some unsolved cases for families that need help will be on a large streaming platform.
I'll also say the trailer looks promising and the producers of Stranger Things are doing the show and I loved Stranger Things. My main issue so far is it seems like six good-quality crime documentaries that are equal to other well-reviewed crime documentaries as opposed to feeling like Unsolved Mysteries, but that's a positive complaont.
You can tell this is an AMW fan page because not one person has commented so far lol. (There oddly seems to be a lack of excitement, but perhaps it's because many are waiting to not get their hopes up like the previous attempt at a sort of reboot).
I think for me, I was just never a big UM fan. It's not bad, but when I've watched recent episodes on demand, I generally only watch the fugitive and/or missing person segments. I don't care too much for the alien stories or the stories of lost treasures. The ones where families try to find their loved ones are interesting, and the ghost stories can be entertaining, but largely I only care about the fugitives/missing person segments.
Something I always enjoyed doing is comparing how AMW told the story to how UM did it. I know I've mentioned this elsewhere, but the Brad Bishop case is a prime example. AMW didn't reenact the scene where Bishop's former state department colleague spotted him in Italy, but UM did. The way Roy - the colleague - described it to AMW and The Hunt was that he was in the men's room in Italy, turned and saw a bearded man that he recognized as Bishop. He said to him, "You're Brad Bishop, aren't you?" At which point the man slowly started backing away, said something to the effect of, "Oh God, no," and then ran out of the bathroom. But in UM, they showed Roy trying to talk to Bishop, saying, "Wait, Brad!" and showing Bishop tossing the bathroom's trash can at Roy and running away. Roy, in both AMW and The Hunt, never indicated anything like this happened.
EDITED TO ADD: I agree with you that it's also being cautious, especially after whatever the Dennis Farina version was. It wasn't just the fact that it was so unnecessary, but the fact they "updated" the graphics and would do bizarre things to the footage. Why not just air the footage and reenactments as-is?
True but just wanted to clarify I meant there seems to be a lack of excitement overall not just here. Even the Unsolved Mysteries message board on sitcoms online isn't as active as I thought it would be about this.
I think AMW was/is a public service show and that while UM did/does some public service, the show isn't necessary like I feel AMW should be and it is a travesty it was taken off the air as much as I love In Pursuit and liked The Hunt. They didn't want a because you can't replace Robert Stack but by that logic if he was the show then you can't reboot it even with no host.
Yeah, UM fans are definitely dedicated, perhaps even moreso than AMW fans. I recall on one forum - it may have actually been Sitcoms Online - one member had actually gone through and recorded every single episode off its original broadcast. I kind of wish AMW fans had that kind of dedication.
Only saw the first episode so far but so far a very promising start! They even included a silhouette of Robert Stack in the intro!
I ended the first episode forgetting it was Unsolved Mysteries- feeling like I just watched a regular crime show docuseries but that's not a bad thing- this also may be a positive or negative for some of you but new UM actually felt a lot like The Hunt in format- except there was no host commenting- but the same with people connected to the case commenting and highly stylized visual storytelling and news fugitive.
So far I'm pleasantly surprised!
Last Edit: Jul 1, 2020 4:25:38 GMT -5 by Scumhunter
My final verdict- the revival is actually pretty good! It is like The Hunt in that sometimes my mind wandered off as opposed to when UM was more fast-paced but for the most part the stories kept my interest.
A few things-
-Two cases were "undetermined" death cases- Rey Rivera which was a suicide or murder controversy when he was found dead on a hotel's parking lot roof. The other was Alonzo Brooks who was a black man found dead after attending a party in an all white neighborhood and still has death as "undetermined". (In my opinion, Brooks was the case more likely to be murder.) I know it is a pet peeve of mine and some of us on here when shows like AMW focus on "suspicious death" controversies as opposed to clear cut murder cases but I don't mind on Unsolved Mysteries since it is an overall entertainment show and not a public service show. I don't mean that as an insult, just I feel they can be given more leeway whereas it would annoy me with AMW since their goal was to get justice and solve cases and airtime that could have resolved another family's case would be given to a suspicious death in Japan that viewers weren't going to solve.
-I do wish the Xavier Dupont de Liggones case had voice overs to translate the French, as although it is an intriguing and important case, it was all in subtitles. (Unless you spoke French, then you didn't need them lol).
-There was one UFO story, so they still mix it up like olden times.
But yeah I'd say 8 to 8.5 out of 10 would be my score! I know we were scarred from the Dennis Farina revival (which wasn't the late actor's fault that all they had him do was retell old stories), but I'd give the new version a chance.
Last Edit: Jul 10, 2020 4:36:49 GMT -5 by Scumhunter
Also the one category they didn't do was "Lost Loves" but with this being the internet and social media era, it is a lot easier to track down people from the past. I think it would be interesting if they figure out a way whenever the next half of the season comes out, but I understand it will take them a lot more effort to find those stories than in the past.
Season 1 volume 2, including the Eubanks episode, will debut sometime today on Netflix.
I usually prefer watching episodes in chronological order or order of episode number, but because it's the only fugitive case on Volume 2 and one we covered quite extensively on our forum, I plan on watching the Eubanks episode first.
Last Edit: Oct 19, 2020 1:23:47 GMT -5 by Scumhunter