"Action, Adventure, History"
What You Need To Know:
The purpose of LOST TREASURE HUNT is to introduce young people to history, and it succeeds. It’s fast-pasted, exciting and all-too brief. PBS did not pursue subsequent episodes, even though this episode attracted a large audience, awards and commendations. As a standalone TV program, LOST TREASURE HUNT is well worth watching, but it will make viewers want more. We applaud the filmmakers for making history fun as well as accurate.
The pilot episode of LOST TREASURE HUNT, titled “Columbus,” focuses on an invaluable historical document called “the Columbus Page,” which is the only page in Columbus’ diary in existence written in his own hand. Two young secret agents in training, Dex and Ava, are recruited to find and save the Columbus Page before an evil super-secret network called the Cipher Network finds the page and the treasure. Done in a SPIDER-MAN INTO THE SPIDER-VERSE animation, this animated TV program drew some large audiences on PBS as well as a lot of commendations.
In the process of looking for the Columbus Page, Dex and Ava uncover a lot of history, such as Columbus’ background from a poor middle-class family in Genoa, his travels around Italy looking for support so he could sail west to India (since the Eastern trade routes were blocked by the Muslims), a revelation about Ptolemy, math, geography, some information on the discovery of the new World, and a lot of Christian history. However, all these discoveries are set in the framework of an exciting chase where the Cipher Network, Dex and Ava are each trying to get to the clues before the other, and the Cipher Network is trying to get rid of Dex and Ava.
The purpose of this program is to introduce young people to history, and it succeeds. It is fast-pasted, exciting and all-too brief. PBS and other interested parties did not pursue subsequent episodes, even though this episode attracted a large audience, awards and commendations. As a standalone TV program, this is well worth watching, but it will make the audience want more, and we applaud the filmmakers for making history fun as well as accurate.