At long last, half-way through the second season, the show returned to the promise it evinced last season.
Here, some real discoveries intrigue the viewer. We still think there are unfilmed events behind the scenes. When Bingo Minerva meets up with Dr. Chuck McDougall, he is too open and too ready to share his long-prized treasure maps from the Ferdinand Marcos archives. He was likely paid generously for this.
McDougall was dismissed as a “treasure hunter” with Robert Curtis in the 1980s, but he was a respected scholar with high level connections in the Philippines. However, President Corazon Aquino pulled his right to search after a short time. He warns Bingo that there are dangers—people will kill and steal the treasure. Well, a couple of billion dollars of bullion will do that.
Back in the Luzon area, some idiocy continues: like trying to move a heavy excavator across three miles of muddy road. Impossible.
The most interesting of all was finding teeth and bones in the pivotal tunnel. John Casey shuts down the operation immediately, and the miners were clearly uneasy at finding the remains. Whose graves might these be? Casey theorized Japanese left prisoners buried alive in these tunnels.
Bingo is authorized to make a deal with Dr. McDougall for his authenticated maps. He wants 1% of the treasure for his info. We cannot calculate how many millions that will be.
As a side-note, John Casey goes on a tirade in one scene and explains that no one and nothing will stop him in his quest to find this treasure. AT least now we know what happened to last year’s team. There is no comfort for his partners this season.
DATELINE: Three Ring Circus
Terra cotta bomb casing.
After about a ten-minute recap of the previous two episodes, you are ready to hear that the incompetence and needless risk-taking is only just underway. Lost Gold of World War II is continuing on a new path of following in the footsteps of the defunct series about stolen Civil War gold last season.
Like Oak Island, the key is to have three digs going at once-and flipping back and forth for the attention deficit crowd. Under a waterfall, John Casey opines that it may be impossible to dig 300 feet, and in another hole where miners find concrete, it’s a dead end
Most interesting is a tunnel discovered by last year’s team. The father-son miners have already misidentified a knife, which now indicates gold hunters were already there. They also start to find hints of nitroglycerine. This volatile stuff could blow up at any time, but they are undaunted.
Last year’s bomb expert, Chad Higgenbottom, came by and located terra cotta booby traps: metal detectors would not help as these were made because of metal shortage during the war. He suggests K-9 bomb sniffers because of the dangers.
Other digging with the new motherly excavator operator hits bedrock and a dead end too.
Back in the States, Bingo learns more interesting details from the owner of the Las Vegas Sun who did studies on earlier treasure hunting by Ferdinand Marcos. But, the high point is always bomb sniffing by the dog named Drago. He gave them an all-clear, perhaps the most reliable info of the night.
No, there was no mention of what happened to Peter Struzzieri, last year’s brains behind the treasure hunt.
The lost treasure among the many treasure hunters from the new History Channel series Lost Gold of World War II is their at-home in the U.S. researcher and Man Friday.
His name is Bingo Minerva, and he has the most interesting and least stressful job of the pack. He interviews old gold hunters and experts in myriad evidence, then skypes his response back to the Luzon Island boys.
The elderly gold diggers on Luzon Island seem to be sweating more than usual in this episode. We worry for the health of old-man Peter Struzzieri. The only smart one is the expert in reading Japanese markers: he seems to remain back at home base in the air conditioned bungalow, aka shack, of the treasure hunters.
As per usual, they take the wrong road constantly: deciding to dig next to a waterfall—and then becoming amazed that water leaks into their air vent pit.
The other brainiacs have decided to dig down into the area where drill bits have been worn to a nub. The volcanic rock is, of course, impenetrable.
The upshot is a waste of time and a waste of one episode: the sole interesting point was made by Bingo who interviewed an aging attorney who represented a man who sued Ferdinand Marcos for stealing millions of dollars in hidden loot.
There is a hint of danger in that the CIA is also after the Japanese treasures hidden in some remote mountain tunnel.
As the series will go on hiatus after the next episode, we suspect we are about to be left hanging for a year.