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The first four episodes of NATIONAL TREASURE: EDGE OF HISTORY are fun and interesting. Each episode has some emotional moments, playful banter and intriguing his-torical facts. However, the characters often do what they feel rather than what’s right. The episodes have some action violence, brief foul language and suggestive comments and scenes. So, MOVIEGUIDE® advises caution for older children for the first four episodes of NATIONAL TREASURE: EDGE OF HISTORY.
Disney+ has added a new treasure hunt for a new generation in the form of its new original series, NATIONAL TREASURE: EDGE OF HISTORY. Based on the movies starring Nicolas Cage and Jon Voight, the story follows four college age young adults Jess, Tasha, Oren, and Ethan. Jess, a student in America on DACA, is given a puz-zle at work in the form of a storage unit, which leads her to the home of former FBI Agent Peter Sadusky. Sadusky decides that Jess is worthy enough to receive the clue to an ancient South American treasure created by the Aztec, Mayan and Incan cultures.
Jess at first doesn’t want anything to do with the treasure until she encounters a mysterious, ruthless female crypto billionaire and unscrupulous antiquities dealer named Billie Pearce who’s after the treasure. Jess then follows the clue Agent Sadusky left her and decides to look for the treasure. Along the way, Jess discovers that her long lost father, Raffael, was in fact one of the treasure’s guardians.
Although Jess tries not to get involved, her three best friends decide to help her. Over time, she ends up in a battle of wits with Billie as Billie tries to intimidate, threaten and attack Jess and her friends. They do, however, end up making a variety of allies, including Liam Sadusky, Peter Sadusky’s grandson, and Riley Poole, Ben Gates’ hacker and best friend from the original movies. In addition to having Billie on her tail, the FBI starts to catch wind of the misdeeds done by Jess and Billie and start chasing both parties.
Being a sequel to the NATIONAL TREASURE movies, this show is a fun ride. The main story is that of an underdog in a deadly treasure hunt trying to outwit a powerful billionaire. The characters are all fun and interesting as the adventure seems to test friendships and ro-mances, as well as the viewer’s intelligence. Each of the first four episodes has a fun collec-tion of historical facts as each clue to the puzzle. In addition to the series having an intri-guing and fun story, it also is well shot, well cast and has an amazing soundtrack to go along with the adventure, mystery and suspense.
However, despite all the good the show offers, it still has some issues. The overall worldview in the first four episodes is a Romantic one. Various characters seem to do what they feel is right instead of what might really be right. The first four episodes also have a medium level of action violence, which includes gun use, fighting and destruction of histor-ical artifacts. In addition, there are moments where sex is implied or encouraged, along with brief foul language and some alcohol use. As a fun series, NATIONAL TREASURE: EDGE OF HISTORY isn’t meant for younger children. MOVIEGUIDE® advises caution for older children for the first four episodes.
Finally, a brief flashback shows the Spanish conquistadores attacking the capital city of the Aztecs. In reality, of course, the Spaniards were aided by many warriors from surrounding tribes who were mad at the Aztecs for how brutally they treated the other tribes.
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