Brad Meltzer’s Decoded Season 1
Best-selling author Brad Meltzer loves a good mystery. A history enthusiast known for his immaculate research, he has studied and written about some of America’s most revered institutions and documents. But sometimes, he uncovers unverifiable stories that keep him awake at night…
In the new 10-part series Brad Meltzer’s Decoded, Meltzer scours secret clues, symbols and conspiracy theories to unravel some of society’s most provocative enigmas. And the deeper he digs into the past, the more we learn about our future.
Together with a team of experts Buddy Levy, a professor and journalist who assumes there is always more than meets the eye; Christine McKinley, a mechanical engineer who believes only what she can prove; and Scott Rolle, a trial lawyer who is skeptical by nature Meltzer hunts for answers to questions that have perplexed us for centuries yet have never been fully investigated.
Pretty cool sounding right? And to be honest it is pretty interesting and well worth a watch. But it’s also worth knowing what you’re getting your self into.
On the face of it, Best Selling Author AND history enthusiast makes it sound as if Brad Meltzer is a best selling non-fiction author, but he’s not. He writes novels and comics (Green Arrow, Superman/Batman, Justice League), and whilst that’s pretty cool, it’s not what you’re thinking when you put the disc in your DVD player. You’re thinking BBC quality doco series, not reality TV meets real life National Treasure, but that’s exactly what you get.
And as for the whole unravelling secrets of the past, in some episodes you’re left scratching you heads at the sloppy conclusions (or non-conclusions as I like to call them) and the team’s inability to actually investigate what’s going on, or ask simple questions that would solve the mystery for one and for all.
Then you get Christine McKinley who apparently only believes what she can prove, but will just as easily brush away anything she doesn’t believe in without investigating it. She flip-flops more than John Key.
And finally, and this is the one I should have seen coming, society’s most provocative enigmas should be read America’s most provocative enigmas.
But once you get past what you were expecting and settle down to what you have in front of you, and stop complaining that they never seem to find definitive answers to anything, you’ll realise that you’ve got a very entertaining look at some of America’s biggest conspiracy theories. You’ll discover things you never knew about the so called world power.
It turns out to be a fascinating journey through American lore with some very opinionated characters, who do occasionally have their eyes opened, and will make you start believing that the Masonic Lodge are everywhere!
Reviewed by: Jonathan Read