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‘Unsolved Mysteries Volume 2’ review: Netflix revival continues to impress

Unsolved Mysteries Volume 2 is another great addition to the Netflix library

Welcome to another installment of 31 Days of Halloween! This is our chance to set the mood for the spookiest and scariest month of the year as we focus our attention on horror and Halloween fun. For the month of October we’ll be sharing various pieces of underappreciated scary books, comics, movies, and television to help keep you terrified and entertained all the way up to Halloween.

Unsolved Mysteries Volume 2 six episodes pick up where July’s batch left off. The Netflix revival made some changes to the original formula while still staying true to the show’s themes. This led to a show that was more true crime oriented but never lost its touch for the fantastic.

Things get off to a great start. The story of Jack Wheeler, a former presidential aide, mysteriously dying straddles the line between true crime and supernatural. While there are no ghosts or urban legends involved, there are elements of horror movies. The footage from various surveillance cameras is especially scary. Episodes like this tend to be some of the best as they allow the audience’s imagination to run wild.

Not all of the true crime stories are so extraordinary. Many of them lay out the facts as they have it. As is often the case with these sordid tails, they remain interesting. Audiences cannot help but watch in disbelief as they hear what transpired. Volume 2 does an excellent job of keeping viewers intrigued through a variety of different types of mysteries.

One of the weaker episodes of the first set was the one about a possible UFO sighting. The story did not hold up as well next to the other more grounded episodes. It was not without its entertainment, but stories about flying saucers just are not as interesting as they once were.

Volume Two has a very touching episode centered around ghosts. The episode takes place in Japan and centers around the tsunami that devastated the nation in 2011. Not only is the episode creepy, it is one of the most heartwarming in the entire history of Unsolved Mysteries.

One new touch Netflix brough to the classic franchise is its willingness to span the globe. Volume 2 keeps this trend going. Much like before, it is a welcome addition to the revived show. Along with Japan, the show also travels to Oslo for another mystery.

'Unsolved Mysteries Volume 2' review: Netflix revival continues to impress

One of the downsides to Unsolved Mysteries has always been some cases are just not as interesting as others. This is still the case in Volume 2. The aforementioned Oslo episode is arguably the weakest of the season. It seems pretty clear what has happened and the speculation in the show gets pretty wild. There are some interesting facts surrounding the case, but they also seem to point to a logical explanation. That being said, the mystery is about more than just what happened.

Netflix pumps out so much content nowadays it is hard to keep track. Even the good shows they release tend to get lost in the shuffle. Unsolved Mysteries Volume 2 is another great addition to their library. Its built in fan base should prevent it from being ignored while its interesting cases will draw in new fans.

Unsolved Mysteries Volume 2 premieres October 19 on Netflix.


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