T.V Series Review: Expedition Unknown Season 1

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Expedition Unknown Season 1 Summary

Season 1, Episode 1: Amelia Earhart

In the series two-hour premiere, Gates seeks new evidence on the disappearance of Amelia Earhart. Gates first sets off to Papua New Guinea where he treks through the uncharted jungle of tribal lands, then his journey brings him to Fiji where he tries to discover her remains.

Season 1, Episode 2: Temple of Doom

In a search for a lost city, Gates goes to the remote jungles of Cambodia to investigate the ancient Khmer Empire to find a Linga stone, a 1,000-year-old relic that, legend has it, was used by the God King to incinerate his enemies.

Season 1, Episode 3: World’s 8th Wonder

Gates’ hunt for the Amber chamber takes him to Catherine Palace in St. Petersburg, Russia for research. Then to Germany, where he retraces the steps of Nazi soldiers who looted the treasure during World War II as he explores abandoned bunkers and a silver mine in hopes of finding the chamber.

Season 1, Episode 4: The Legend of Jesse James

Gates searches across the American Midwest for outlaw Jesse James’ “gold loot”, which he and his gang stole from guards in Mexico. He walks a mile in James’s boots, following his trail from his farm in Kearney, Missouri, to Robbers Cave, where he rappels off a cliff to find this hidden treasure, then to Cement, Oklahoma, to join up with a team using high-tech equipment.

Season 1, Episode 5: City of Gold

Gates travels through Peru in search for the Incan lost city of Paititi. His journey takes him from the Cusco, to the heights of Machu Picchu, and finally into the Amazon’s jungles.

Season 1, Episode 6: Viking Sunstone

Gates tries to unlock the secrets to the Sunstone of the Vikings while traveling through the British island of Alderney and Norway, where he explores a crypt underneath Nidaros Cathedral to find the final resting place of Viking king  St. Olaf. Later, he descends into a 37-mile-long (60 km) calcite mine to make his own sunstone, testing its power while at sea with locals who live like Vikings.

Season 1, Episode 7: Captain Morgan’s Lost Gold

Gates joins archaeologists in Panama as they search for the Satisfaction, the sunken flagship of pirate Captain Henry Morgan. He also searches one of many shipwrecks near Fort San Lorenzo at the reef, where Morgan’s ship ran aground

Season 1, Episode 8: Code to Gold

Gates searches the Virginia backcountry in search of the Thomas Beale treasure. He meets up with local treasure hunters and explores a 4 mile search radius in Bedford County using a printed copy of the Declaration of Independence, believed to have hidden symbols that James B. Ward, the author of the Beale Papers encoded. He then meets up with a crypto-analyst to get further evidence on the hoax theory.

Season 1, Episode 9: Mayan Apocalypse

Gates investigates the fall of the Mayan Empire. He explores the many cenotes— caverns believed to be gateways to the underworld—below the jungles and many ruins of Mexico, including the largest Mayan city, Chichén Itzá. While SCUBA diving in the dark waters of the Holtun Cenote, he unearths human skulls and ancient sacrificial altars, which gets him closer to why their empire collapsed.

Season 1, Episode 10: Secrets of the Nazca

Gates flies to Peru to investigate the giant geoglyphs known as the Nazca Lines that were drawn into the desert by the ancient Nazca tribe. By studying newly found lines recently discovered on a mountain made by the Paracas people and joining a Nazca psychedelic ritual, he uncovers the supposed meaning behind the tracings.

Season 1, Episode 11: Samurai Sword of Power

Gates heads to Japan to search for the missing Honjo Masamune sword. After learning about the legend of this  katana, his search takes him to the back alleys of Tokyo and the city’s red-light district, an ancestral burial ground, Imperial tunnels in Nagano, and an ancient mountaintop Shinto shrine in Togakushi.

Season 1, Episode 12: Curse of the Golden Bell

Gates travels to Myanmar to join in the search for the Golden Bell of King Dhammazedi, believed to be sunk at the bottom directly in the center of the Bago River, the Yangon River and the Pazundaung Creek when Portuguese warlord Filipe de Brito e Nicote’s ship was wrecked in 1599 after stealing the massive bell.

Expedition Unknown Season 1 Review

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Josh Gates is back with a new show full of adventure, comedy and history. He does a wonderful job highlighting some of the many new archeological finds in recent years.

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