The Only Sequel Worth Your Time

Review of Volume Two of “Unsolved Mysteries”


Estefani Rios

The anticipation for the second season of “Unsolved Mysteries” was short lived. Now that it’s here, it’s the only sequel I would recommend people to watch.

Estefani Rios, Editor-in-Chief

After the first season of “Unsolved Mysteries” premiered on Netflix, I was hooked. I thought I was going to wait a whole year for another season, but I was wrong because on Oct. 22, season two was released. 

This series is a reboot of the original 1980s “Unsolved Mysteries” created by John Cosgrove and Terry Dunn Meurer, hosted by Robert Shack. However, in this version, “Stranger Things” Shawn Levy serves as the executive producer, Meurer and Cosgrove serve as the showrunners and there is no designated host.  

This season has six episodes, each ranging from 30 to 50 minutes and also ranging from unsolved crimes to paranormal phenomena. 

Going into this season,  I had high expectations and they were met, especially after the second episode, which was my favorite. 

The second episode, “A Death in Oslo” was the case of a Jane Doe, or an unidentified female. I was confused and shocked throughout the whole telling of this story. I’m not going to spoil anything, mostly because my newspaper adviser will edit this and this is a show I would definitely recommend to her. I’m also not a huge fan of spoilers. 

Anyway, there were so many theories on why Jane Doe ended up dying the way she did and I honestly felt like most of them fit. I really had to use my brain cells to find any sort of explanation and in the end, I think you could see smoke coming out of my head from how hard I was thinking. I just want to know what happened to her. This is definitely not a show for people with little patience, you’re not going to get the satisfaction of knowing that the person who committed the crime was caught. 

I really enjoyed watching this series, especially because at the end of every episode they have a call to action site for any tips or leads to the crime they talk about. I like this aspect of the show because it’s important to look into unexplored possibilities or witnesses that might break open the case again. 

However, episodes three and four had me wanting to jump through the screen and time travel back in time. I’m no detective, criminologist or private investigator. I’m none of that, but I think I could use my little brain cells to explore a crime scene better than the people who were in charge of these cases. How do you lose track of an inmate? How do you go into a scene already thinking what the cause of death was with little evidence to support it? How do you not fingerprint everything? I don’t understand. I want answers to those questions because I was appalled. 

If you want to watch this season or the previous season of “Unsolved Mysteries” head to Netflix and carve out about five hours of your day because once you watch one, you won’t stop.