LOST TREASURE HUNT: Columbus Pilot

"Action, Adventure, History"

Quality:
Content: +3 ome minor questionable elements.
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What You Need To Know:

The pilot episode of LOST TREASURE HUNT, titled “Columbus,” focuses on an invaluable historical document called “the Columbus Page,” which is the only page in Columbus’ diary in existence written in his own hand.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. In the process of looking for the Columbus Page, Dex and Ava uncover a lot of history. All their discoveries are set in the framework of a chase where the Cipher Network, Dex and Ava are each trying to get to the clues before the other.

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.

Content:

(CCC, BBB, VV, M): Dominant Worldview and Other Worldview Con-tent/Elements: Very strong Christian worldview set in an exciting adventure format look-ing for the lost treasure that Columbus mentions on one page of his diary, with strong mor-al values, accurate history

Foul Language:
No foul language

Violence:
Action cartoon-like violence where young secret agents try to find and protect the only part of Columbus’ diary in his own hand from nefarious super-secret treasure hunting society trying to get power and profit

Sex:
No sex

Nudity:
No nudity

Alcohol Use:
No alcohol

Smoking and/or Drug Use and Abuse:
No smoking or drugs; and,

Miscellaneous Immorality:
Villains lie, cheat and steal, heroes go undercover to find and protect hidden treasure.

More Detail:

The pilot episode of LOST TREASURE HUNT, titled “Columbus,” focuses on an invaluable historical document called “the Columbus Page,” which is the only page in Columbus’ diary in existence written in his own hand.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.

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