Appellate Judge James A. Stewart thinks 24-style split screens would make paint drying into compelling television.
"It's a dark secret that lay buried for two thousand years…"
Welcome to CSI: Antiquity. Not quite, but if you mistook Tomb Detectives as an action show from the moody theme music, X-Files typeface on screen, and 24-style split screens, the people behind it would call their job well done. Tomb Detectives is a six-part documentary series on archaeology, but it makes things more exciting by focusing on bizarre cases involving murder, vampirism, and plague.
The six episodes include:
• "Severed Skull"
• "Battlefield of Bones"
• "Bog Bodies"
• "Child Mummies"
• "Vampire Graves"
• "Plague Mummies"
I wasn't impressed by two episodes about headless bodies in a row, to say the least. My first impression was that there's a certain sameness about these stories, and that is correct to an extent. They all have a bizarre hook but evolve into portraits of scientific research. However, the producers do try to keep things lively. First of all, Tomb Detectives is only about a half-hour long, keeping out padding. Also, some scenes, such as the reassembly of a skeleton, are fast-forwarded to speed things along. There's some breathless narration—and every find is going to be "disturbing" or something like that—but the hyperbole is kept to a minimum. Thus, after the first two, things get interesting and stay there.
The recent production has clear pictures and sound.
There aren't any extras, so anyone looking for more will be disappointed.
If you read over those episode descriptions above and they sound interesting, this is up your alley. I'm not sure of repeat viewing potential, but the price at Amazon.com—under $15—is right.
Not guilty. Now where did I put the garlic?
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