IN REVIEW: NATIONAL TREASURE: EDGE OF HISTORY (S1 – EP4) Charlotte

Jess finds herself in a puzzle-solving slump when she can't crack the clue that she found last week. However, things begin to look up when Jess and her friends meet world-renowned treasure hunter Riley Poole at Agent Sadusky's wake. 
History

Synopsis: Following on from last week’s episode of Edge of History. Jess finds herself in a puzzle-solving slump when she can’t crack the clue that she found last week. However, things begin to look up when Jess and her friends meet world-renowned treasure hunter Riley Poole at Agent Sadusky’s wake. 

 

The Story

Having found the clue of Elvis’s riddle in last week’s story. Jess is struggling to solve the riddle and decipher the clue. However, when she is invited to Liam’s grandfather’s funeral she enlists the help of famous treasure hunter Riley Poole who worked with the legendary Benjamin Franklin Gate and was a good friend of Agent Sadusky. Things get really interesting when Jess and Riley get themselves locked in Sadusky’s secret room and have to figure out the combination to get out. While doing so Jess with help from Riley is also able to decipher the clue that Elvis’s recording was pointing them to. The clue links another of the Aztec interpreters to the famous Lois and Clark but also has a link with their slave York who had saved their lives countless times.

Elsewhere, Billie goes to a board of investors to update them on where she is up to in the hunt. But when one of the investors tries to hijack her he gets taught a nasty lesson.

 

The Acting

Justin Bartha makes a guest appearance as Riley Poole, which further links this series to the movies as inevitably we get a few text exchanges between Riley and Benjamin Franklin Gates when it comes to helping Jess with her puzzle. Lisette Olivera develops a quite good chemistry with Bartha as we see the two treasure hunters figure out a series of clues to get out of Sadusky’s secret room, but also figure out the clue left to them by Elvis about the location of the third puzzle box.

Lyndon Smith gets some good scenes as Agent Ross who can’t help but continue her investigation into the mysterious death of Sadusky and how it links with Jess’s search for the treasure. It is beginning to look like Agent Ross might turn out to be an ally to Jess in much the same way that Agent Sadusky was to Benjamin Franklin Gates in the two movies.

 

Overall

This was pretty static when compared to last week’s episode as most of the action, of which there was rather little happened at Sadusky’s wake. The best moments in this episode are when Jess and Riley Pool get themselves locked in Sadusky’s secret room, which is where we get to see Jess’s puzzling brain kick into action. However, I think most of the audience had figured out that the clue had something to do with New found land i.e. Newfoundland as the words were in the clue. But it was always a matter of whether the clue was referring to Newfoundland dogs or the actual place.

I continue to really enjoy how this show explores various aspects of history via some popular conspiracy theories and I look forward to seeing how solving last week’s clue will pay off in next week’s show.

9.3
NATIONAL TREASURE: EDGE OF HISTORY (S1 – EP4) Charlotte
  • Story
    8.7
  • Acting
    9.3
  • CGI & Stunts
    9.6
  • Incidental Music
    9.6

Ian Cullen is the founder of scifipulse.net and has been a fan of science fiction and fantasy from birth. In the past few years he has written for 'Star Trek' Magazine as well as interviewed numerous comics writers, television producers and actors for the SFP-NOW podcast at: www.scifipulseradio.com When he is not writing for scifipulse.net Ian enjoys playing his guitar, studying music, watching movies and reading his comics. Ian is both the founder and owner of scifipulse.net You can contact ian at: ian@scifipulse.net
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