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Old 11-11-2017, 04:27 PM   #16
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Agree on the "no Lost Loves."
I could see the use for them before the internet age, but nowadays, it's like..."Have you checked Facebook?"
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Old 11-11-2017, 05:53 PM   #17
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No more unexplained, conspiracy theory, sci-med, miracles, historical cases. (The History Channel airs plenty of that stuff)

No more Lost Loves, but still find a place to air that cheesy upbeat resolution music. I love that!

I would bring back Fraud cases, identify theft is a huge problem these days, the Carol Anderson case that aired in 1995 was a good foreshadower (sadly a lot of fraud cases are left off of the Amazon episodes) and I would bring back Kidnapping/Parent custody cases.

More Final Appeal segments and of course plenty of Unexplained Death, Wanted, Missing Persons case (the original core of UM)

I would also create two types of new segments one is "Cybercrime" because there are so many hackers and thieves out on the internet.

The other being "Road Rage" because it is a huge and growing problem in the United States.
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Old 11-12-2017, 07:01 PM   #18
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More fraud cases?!! Seriously? lol

I guess everyone has different tastes. To me those were among the most boring. Those and the old Don Juan guys that would sleep with old ladies so they could steal their money. Not that I condone it, but those segments were typically just boring. Iíd take the magic rock and makes-you-horny chocolate any day over those.
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Everyone seems to agree on at least the Unexplained Death, Missing and Final Appeal Cases at least.

Personally I enjoy the Unexplained segments too. But if the series returns, I’d almost suggest they do a Halloween special with the ghosts and cryptozoology stuff, then maybe a special each season of alien/UFO stuff. Other than that, the unsolved murders, missing persons, and final appeal stuff should be top of the list.

I guess the robbery ones and even fraud were staples of the series, but unless they are somehow creepy, I never preferred them as much. My favorites are ones where I can speculate on what really happened or who was responsible, etc. but there is of course a need and even a responsibility for a show of this type to do the wanted segments as well. Those are most likely to be solved and it is good to help get the bad guys off the streets.

I think lost loves would still need to be featured, but maybe not as often. Even in this age of social media and internet, lost love cases are not as easily solved as one may think. They help of course, but there can still be a lot of difficulty depending on the situation.
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The Fraud cases were interesting, not just about sleeping with old ladies.

The Maria Lapine case or the Ellen Berry cases are great mysteries. Or the Countess of Cleveland. The people who stole from banks, also great. We lost a lot of great segments from the updated version with these being excluded.


I was pretty young during the early 90s, but I feel there was more of a UFO craze back then than there is now. Do people still care about these post-XFiles?
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Old 11-12-2017, 11:11 PM   #21
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I think lost loves would still need to be featured, but maybe not as often. Even in this age of social media and internet, lost love cases are not as easily solved as one may think. They help of course, but there can still be a lot of difficulty depending on the situation.

I don't know, I also think UM was naÔve in its presentation of these cases and their willingness to get involved back then. Stalking laws are still not what they should be, even worse then, I don't really think hunting down people who've voluntarily left is something that should be assisted with.

Like that Nurse Stevens segment, where she very clearly left her position in the army because she got married and then this guy is on TV trying to hunt her down and it's so clear from his interview he wants a lot more of her than "to say thank you" despite knowing she was married.

IMO anyway.
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The thing is, even fraud cases are covered extensively these days. CNBC has American Greed hosted by Stacy Keach (also of Missing: Reward & Case Closed). I think they tend to skewer towards solved cases, but the occasional unsolved does pop up.

There's no shortage of murder mysteries shows out there, most devoting an entire hour to one case.

I think Unsolved Mysteries was something that could only exist during the timeframe it did. People were a lot more open to variety then. Honestly, and I think someone may have said this before, but I'm not sure people would have the attention span for a lost love, the unexplained, sci-med and what have you.
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Wanted/Missing/Unexplained Death/Treasure/Final Appeal and a few unsolvable mysteries (Noah's Ark, Bigfoot, etc.) sprinkled in here and there.
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In terms of production values and visual style, basically like A&E's "The Eleven" series or The Hunt with John Walsh. With some of the old school 80s/early 90s CMP flair, of course. It's much more affordable to have a good looking show of this type these days, so they wouldn't have to resort to the unfortunate video feel of the latter seasons.

I agree that for the most part the Lost Loves are an artifact of a passed time, ditto the telecenter. It'd be hard to have Unsolved Mysteries without the supernatural, though.
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I think Unsolved Mysteries was something that could only exist during the timeframe it did. People were a lot more open to variety then. .
Yeah, there's definitely something to this.

A lot of what made the early episodes great was the satanic panic of the 80s and the naivety in forensics.
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Lost Loves would seem mostly irrelevant in the social media era. I found a lot of these segments stalkerish, like the single man seeking the married nurse who cared for him.
I hope you're not referring to Karen Stephens or Linda Sharp. Because those nurses gave Jim Meade and Jim Baczkowsk the will to live again after being severely injured in Vietnam.

I love those stories.
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I hope you're not referring to Karen Stephens or Linda Sharp. Because those nurses gave Jim Meade and Jim Baczkowsk the will to live again after being severely injured in Vietnam.

I love those stories.
Those are two out of my three favorite LL stories. The third being Duncan Gilmore of course!

I can't remember which Jim it was...but that letter the nurse wrote to his wife about losing his leg...one of the most moving moments in the entire show.

Your point reminds me that UM did more for vets than any other show that I am aware of, so if we ever get a new UM, I would hope it continues that tradition.
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I love how the term ďstalkingĒ over the years has had its definition broadened. I remember being a little kid (think like 7 or 8) and having a crush. Just out of curiosity, I would be curious where the crush lived. So Iíd try to watch on the walk or ride home. Not following or anything, just keeping an eye out. I remember my mother even thinking it was cute. Not like I was gonna just show up at the other kids house or do anything wrong or creepy even. Simply curious about them is all. I wouldnít do that as an adult or anything either.

But today, a kid doing that would be ridiculed and labeled as stalking. Which IMO kind of trivializes the true stalking cases out there. Stalking is by definition a hunter seeking prey. So intent to do harm is implied. I wouldnít consider an army vet, with or without an infatuation, looking for the nurse that once treated him as being a stalker. That seems kind of harsh to me. And besides, if the nurse didnít want to reconnect to at least say hello and see how he was doing, why pick up the phone and allow UM to put them in touch with each other?

Bottom line, whether you like lost love segments or not, and Iíll admit myself they were not generally my favorite segments, I donít think itís fair to label them as stalking the person they are looking for.

Just saying...
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There's no shortage of murder mysteries shows out there, most devoting an entire hour to one case.

I think Unsolved Mysteries was something that could only exist during the timeframe it did. People were a lot more open to variety then. Honestly, and I think someone may have said this before, but I'm not sure people would have the attention span for a lost love, the unexplained, sci-med and what have you.
Agreed - though I'd also argue UM has a lot more weight/cachet to it that could make a properly-executed revitalization work.

Given advances in DNA and other forensic tech, I'd like to see some more Final Appeals. Unexplained Death, Missing & Wanted cases would also rank high up there for me.

*(Really getting into the show again and browsing these boards has spurred me to get out there and browse other sites like the Doe Network, Charley Project etc.........of the above, there's so much that UM didn't cover way back when, you could go on and on for years)

As far as the Lost Loves - yeah, Google and Facebook have pretty much rendered those irrelevant for the most part. Legends are okay once in a while, UFO stories are hokey though IMO........all the other such stuff I'm pretty indifferent on.

Would be tough to find someone to fill Robert Stack's shoes though
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