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Old 11-01-2020, 07:12 PM   #16
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I still want them to do a second season but only if they fix certain problems. I'm OK with the no narrator and single episode format. But I need them to fix the narrative issues where we're spending 50 minutes and learning next to nothing on the things that matter. Like spending 3/4 of an episode on a body search when that's not what's at the heart of the matter. I need them to not be so cautious about being sued and present some theories and really go into those theories. Maybe even reenact some of them.
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I'm sorry you find that sad.
Don't be.

I remember being a young adult working that many hours in a day. It was pretty gosh darn sad. Glad I wised up and did so much better for myself. On the clock half as much with a lot more to show for it.
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Based on everyone's reviews, I don't think I'll even bother watching most of the reboot. There are enough of these types of shows on TV already. No, thank you.

If there's one episode that I will likely watch, it's Lester Eubanks.

Somebody brought up The Hunt with John Walsh. Come to think of it, you're right--some episodes were a bit bloated. Many of them were indeed watchable and I strongly desire more new content. Hoping this show comes back. Also, they already covered Lester Eubanks. It wasn't one of their strongest efforts. There's lots more to cover that they omitted, hence my interest in checking out UM's take on the case.
Watch it and make up your own mind about it. Give it a try. Don't let people who you don't even know on a message board make decisions for you.
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I wanted so much to love the reboot. It was Unsolved Mysteries that got me hooked on true crime and being generally fascinated with things that couldn't be easily explained. The only thing I like about the reboot is Robert Stack in silhouette during the opening credits. It takes me forever to get through 1 episode...I find myself stopping after 20 minutes and coming back to it later. But once I got to House of Terror, they completely lost me. It doesn't stand out to me like the original. It's a shame, they could've done so much better.
What is the most upsetting and disappointing is that this version comes from the original producers of UM. What were they thinking they erased the entire winning formula=multiple segments & intimate host. We love Bob Stacks but we would have accepted a substitute that was actually good. My dream host was Dennis Haysbert (All State Man).
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What is the most upsetting and disappointing is that this version comes from the original producers of UM. What were they thinking they erased the entire winning formula=multiple segments & intimate host. We love Bob Stacks but we would have accepted a substitute that was actually good. My dream host was Dennis Haysbert (All State Man).
Agreed. I thought having no narrator for the reboot would be fine because nobody can replace Stack. However, seeing the format this way makes me wish there was a narrator. I feel like there's long, drawn-out silence to try to make the whole episode eerie. It just annoys me.
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Agreed. I thought having no narrator for the reboot would be fine because nobody can replace Stack. However, seeing the format this way makes me wish there was a narrator. I feel like there's long, drawn-out silence to try to make the whole episode eerie. It just annoys me.
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I've said it before. I liked parts of it. I actually loved the revamped theme song with the piano. I think it's a beautiful melody. I love the silhouette of Robert Stack at the end of the title credits.z

As far as the segments go... I'd give the entire season a rating of 5/10. Some segments were really interesting and thought-provoking... others were not that great.
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I never really expected to find it satisfying as a UM reboot. As it turns out, I didn’t find it particularly enjoyable or interesting as a true crime show on its own terms either.

The show just lacks any kind of personality. The slick, minimalistic production prevents the viewer feeling a real relationship to the show and stories. Losing the narrator, re-enactments and linking sequences gives the show an impersonal feel. These are after all the elements of the show’s original run that are now most fondly remembered. I understand that these elements might seem hokey, unserious or even exploitative to a modern audience but, without them, there is no UM revival in any meaningful sense. There seems to be a trend beginning in the 2010s for true crime shows to present themselves as weighty and significant — as containing sociological commentary, as having missions to free the innocent, or as tribunes of those unserved by justice. Maybe, but true crime programming is, like it or not, a form of entertainment. The show’s self-seriousness might simply be a requirement for green lighting in the late 2010s, but it makes much of the show an unrewarding slog for viewers.

The decision to cover only one case per episode was also likely a necessity for the reboot to be commissioned, but I think this again is a fatal concession. The stories are well chosen in a sense — most would have rated segments in the original run. There’s an almost mechanical feeling of original run archetypes being reproduced: a family crying “foul play” about a suspected suicide; an alleged hate crime; a missing perpetrator; a UFO story; a suspicious ex-spouse; a gaggle of ghosts. The templates are all present and correct, but their thin material is stretched out beyond reason by the demands of the reboot’s running time. The original UM episodes were a circus — if you didn’t like the lions then, no problem, the trapeze artist will be along shortly. In the reboot, that clown will be squirting you with water for 45 straight minutes whether you like it or not. Again, there is no breaking with the formulae of contemporary true crime media here.

The original UM series were, above all else, highly entertaining television. I’m not sure that’s a status that many modern true crime shows even aspire to, let alone achieve. Some of its pleasures are simply impossible for a contemporary show to obtain even if it attempted to. We’re unlikely ever to see the rough, un-self conscious, pungently regional likes of Bob Bean, Sammy Wheeler, Paul Polis or Jule Caylor as a true crime talking head in the 2020s. I’m not sure that people that vivid or singular exist in America any more.

So what we’re left with is the kind of UM you’d expect without people like that (not to mention Stack himself): a series of fairly bland — occasionally arresting but ultimately unremarkable — true crime stories presented slickly and unmemorably that will be forgotten sometime in 2021. But, hey, it’s a couple of dozen more hours of cheap content for Netflix, which is the main thing after all.
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I never really expected to find it satisfying as a UM reboot. As it turns out, I didn’t find it particularly enjoyable or interesting as a true crime show on its own terms either.

The show just lacks any kind of personality. The slick, minimalistic production prevents the viewer feeling a real relationship to the show and stories. Losing the narrator, re-enactments and linking sequences gives the show an impersonal feel. These are after all the elements of the show’s original run that are now most fondly remembered. I understand that these elements might seem hokey, unserious or even exploitative to a modern audience but, without them, there is no UM revival in any meaningful sense. There seems to be a trend beginning in the 2010s for true crime shows to present themselves as weighty and significant — as containing sociological commentary, as having missions to free the innocent, or as tribunes of those unserved by justice. Maybe, but true crime programming is, like it or not, a form of entertainment. The show’s self-seriousness might simply be a requirement for green lighting in the late 2010s, but it makes much of the show an unrewarding slog for viewers.

The decision to cover only one case per episode was also likely a necessity for the reboot to be commissioned, but I think this again is a fatal concession. The stories are well chosen in a sense — most would have rated segments in the original run. There’s an almost mechanical feeling of original run archetypes being reproduced: a family crying “foul play” about a suspected suicide; an alleged hate crime; a missing perpetrator; a UFO story; a suspicious ex-spouse; a gaggle of ghosts. The templates are all present and correct, but their thin material is stretched out beyond reason by the demands of the reboot’s running time. The original UM episodes were a circus — if you didn’t like the lions then, no problem, the trapeze artist will be along shortly. In the reboot, that clown will be squirting you with water for 45 straight minutes whether you like it or not. Again, there is no breaking with the formulae of contemporary true crime media here.

The original UM series were, above all else, highly entertaining television. I’m not sure that’s a status that many modern true crime shows even aspire to, let alone achieve. Some of its pleasures are simply impossible for a contemporary show to obtain even if it attempted to. We’re unlikely ever to see the rough, un-self conscious, pungently regional likes of Bob Bean, Sammy Wheeler, Paul Polis or Jule Caylor as a true crime talking head in the 2020s. I’m not sure that people that vivid or singular exist in America any more.

So what we’re left with is the kind of UM you’d expect without people like that (not to mention Stack himself): a series of fairly bland — occasionally arresting but ultimately unremarkable — true crime stories presented slickly and unmemorably that will be forgotten sometime in 2021. But, hey, it’s a couple of dozen more hours of cheap content for Netflix, which is the main thing after all.
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Got to agree with most who've said it better than I probably could. I watched the reboot of Unsolved Mysteries last month and came away feeling like it was nothing special and easily forgettable.

I disliked that there's no narrator or host. Even the Spike reboot with Dennis Farina was more like the original Unsolved Mysteries for me. This Netflix series, however, is virtually indistinguishable to a lot of true crime series already on TV. It reminded me of CBS's 48 Hours, but even the latter has a leg up over the former with a case reporter narrating the details of each episode's crime.

What I enjoyed most about the original series was that each episode profiled a variety of cases that were unexplained be it ghosts, UFOs, miracles, psychics, legends, treasures, or murders whereas the Netflix reboot focuses an entire episode on a single case and for the most part it's a probable murder.

My final verdict is give me the old re-runs of the classic Unsolved Mysteries with Robert Stack to this generic, bland and tedious counterfeit any day!
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America's Most Wanted got their reboot right. Shame Unsolved Mysteries couldn't have done the same.

It was the right mix of original format and modernization, creepy CGI dudes aside.
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America's Most Wanted got their reboot right. Shame Unsolved Mysteries couldn't have done the same.

It was the right mix of original format and modernization, creepy CGI dudes aside.
But they didn't have the cool theme music AMW had! However otherwise it was pretty good.
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Obviously UM isn't as good as the original but it's better than nothing. You KNEW it was not going the be the same without Stack.
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What is the most upsetting and disappointing is that this version comes from the original producers of UM. What were they thinking they erased the entire winning formula=multiple segments & intimate host. We love Bob Stacks but we would have accepted a substitute that was actually good. My dream host was Dennis Haysbert (All State Man).
But you knew a host would've wanted a hefty 6 figure salary with other possible demands & they obviously didn't want to risk it with a new version that's untested.
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