DATELINE: Legend of the Lost Members?
Satellite image of gold under waterfall?
There is more than lost gold here: just about the entire cast from the first season has disappeared, perhaps kidnapped by aliens, or ordered to walk the plank by survivor John Casey. He’s now in charge.
You may suspect History Channel cleaned house and did their demographic diligence to rid the show of weak links.
Peter Struzzieri, the old man of last season, and braintrust, is gone. There is a reference to “Pete” but no other explanation of what happened to the gang that worked so hard to locate a tunnel—and were just about to enter.
The only member to escape the wrath of John Casey is Bingo Minerva, likely because the head researcher is never in the Philippines. He is still digging up background info for the audience.
Meanwhile, the show describes the second season as a “new team and new technology.”
Well, the template granddaddy, Curse of Oak Island, isclearly at work. Civil War Gold has sunk in Lake Michigan, and replacements in the World II quest now include brothers, John Casey and Rob. It seems the Lagina model at work. There are also father-son miners, and a couple of geophysicists with matching beards, who are too precious to do hard labor.
Yet, this was the best new show of last season. It seems now hard pressed to replace Struzzieri who made contacts with secretive people, but a new oldster must perform that re-connect. He’s told that he is liable to be murdered for the information, but is undaunted.
There are unknown agents of the late dictator Marcos, the CIA, and other mysterious people who want to put their hands on over 200 billion dollars’ worth of stolen loot. Yes, that’s motivation.
A rogue terrorist unit of communists wants to rid the Luzon area of various American interlopers, which does not sound too good for the gold hunters who discover their tunnel is now lost under cave-ins.
There is new technology from Russia, no less, some kind of nuclear magnetic resonance that can find gold deposits underground from a satellite. It shows some glowing locations, which unfortunately are about 300 feet under a waterfall. Well, we know what the problem will be this season.
We are willing to give this a go for the second season because its followup Skinwalker show is a mess to behold.