Hey Aaron! Great topic!
As I've mentioned in another post here, I got a bootleg set of all 144 episodes for Christmas. It's been a blast rediscovering the unique style of this series. "For the first time, our "In Search Of" cameras were allowed to document the ceremony."
Who talks like that anymore? There's just something cool about the way that's stated. And of course Leonard Nimoy couldn't be more perfect for the series.
Bits and pieces of the Easter Island, Dracula, Loch Ness Monster, Big Foot, Nazi, Bermuda Triangle, and UFO episodes, along with the production values and music have stuck with me over the years. This'll be more of a list of episodes I've watched recently, or rediscovered, that I especially like or found noteworthy instead of the ones I remembered most--- The Castle of Secrets aka Coral Castle
(Good stuff but I have to wonder why they made out like his sweet sixteen was this unknown mystery girl when other, more modern documentaries come right out and tell of her. Probably one of my favorite episodes of the series.) The Hindenburg Mystery
(I was surprised at the detailed plans and old newsreel footage, besides the infamous fiery explosion, that were shown.) Jim Jones
(I've always found this to be a cautionary tale. I often wonder why there isn't a decent re-mastered copy of the Powers Booth movie on DVD? Hmmm, I couldn't guess where some of Dan's Believers
movie sprang from.) The Lost Dutchman Mine
(Just an interesting tale that mixes a lot of elements that I like---- Old West, lost cities of gold, Indian mythology---) Voodoo
(Not much here. Documenting of a light and a dark magic ceremony mostly. Really an odd episode.) Anastasia
(What a flat out, bold face liar that old crone was claiming to be the lost princess! DNA tests and time showed her for the fraud she was.) Siberian Fireball
(Now if they'd worked more of this than a throw-away line into the last Indy movie it might have been better----- Ah, who am I kidding?) The Money Pit aka Captain Kidd
(I didn't remember this episode at all. Fascinating! So I'm all, "Well it's been almost 30 years, surely something has been found---"
. One quick internet search later---- Nope.) Lost Colony of Roanoke
(A real favorite, especially for the FreakyLinks connection.) Future Life
(An interesting snapshot of what 1981 thought 2010 would be like. I expected far flung things like flying cars and of course rocket packs but it was surprisingly down to earth, considering. Most of the thoughts on computers was downright prophetic. I was curious if the city of the future in Arizona did get finished. Take a look here
. It seems to be in operation today.
Overall a great series that puts a lot of it's overpadded modern day successors to shame. I recently saw a History's Mysteries
about whether Hitler escaped at the end of WW2. In twice the amount of timeslot and for all their CGI recreations and forensic science, they came off less informed on the same subject than In Search Of
did almost 30 years prior. Sad.
Anyone else remember the Mitch Phileggi hosted In Search Of around 2000? Their website was very similar to the FreakyLinks site. This is mainly because GMD Studios was responsible for developing both. I'll have to look to see if any of that site is archived.