NATIONAL TREASURE: EDGE OF HISTORY: SEASON ONE
Starring: Lisette Olivera, Zuri Reed, Antonio Cipriano, Jordan Rodrigues, Jake Austin Walker, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Breeda Wool, Lyndon Smith, Armando Riesco, Jacob Vargas, and Harvey Keitel
Creators: Cormac & Marianne Wibberley
For a franchise focused on intelligently solving intricate riddles, National Treasure: Edge of History spoon-feeds plot points to the audience. Most major story beats are highly telegraphed, and there’s little-to-no subtlety to the non-puzzle related dialogue. Luckily, I cared for those who were reading those lines. Catherine Zeta-Jones knows how to Evil without mustache-twirling, and the batch of young protagonists going against her have the wonder, charm, and confidence to endear themselves as our new treasure hunters. This season’s latter half began to trust the audience’s intellect and actors’ potential a bit more, and hopefully, that carries over into a second season.
If not for the rumors that Nic Cage might show up in the finale (or Season Two), I would have quit National Treasure: Edge of History long ago. Following Willow, this is Disney+’s second sequel series to a beloved film in recent months, and it’s only marginally better than the terrible Willow. It’s mostly long-winded exposition dumps from a strategically diverse cast of horny Gen-Zers (none of which are great actors, btw), who usually solve the riddles through dumb luck or ridiculous, Adam West-era Batman-level deduction. Then, somehow, the finale makes it all worse by looking like it takes place on a cheap Disney World set.