Following the shocking cliffhanger at the end of the second episode, which revealed that Dr Curtain, who runs the mysterious L.I.V.E. Institute, looks identical to Mr Benedict. The third episode sees the Mysterious Benedict Society trying to work out who Dr Curtain is and is he behind the “Emergency”, which is broadcasting submersible messages through the radio and TV, causing chaos.
The kids are slowly getting used to life within the institute and trying to work out what the rules are. But more importantly, they learn they can’t fall behind in their classes. Otherwise, there will be consequences.
When the kids send the message of Mr Benedict’s “Gemini”, across the water via morse code, to the adults waiting on the shoreline, this also sets off a chain of events, as Mr Benedict comes to terms with his brother still being alive and the other team members try to track down more information about Dr Curtain.
Once again, this episode of “The Mysterious Benedict Society” delivers something unique and refreshing. With the 1970s setting, it’s got some extremely funky set pieces and taking away modern electronics, makes everything much more intriguing. Especially seeing the adults trying to track down information on Dr Curtain. Which adds some nostalgia for me, since there was a time we had to do research the old fashioned way, rather than a simple Google search.
Ultimately, this episode is very much about information gathering and building up the team. We get to see them bonding together and becoming more than just friends, but family, which is important since they are all lonely and just wanting to be part of something. This is a building characters episode, focusing on making us care more about everyone, while not delivering any real answers, just prompting us to ask more questions.
“The Mysterious Benedict Society” is a strange but fascinating series, which I’m really enjoying. This episode is the weakest of the three released so far, but with 5 more episodes to go, there is still a long way to go, and this episode is more about establishing the bond between the children and getting us to question who Dr Curtain is. Is he a villain? Is he trying to cause chaos around the world?
Overall, a solid episode, with plenty of character and plot development. This series is quirky and different, which is exactly what the streaming service needs. I’m enjoying it and can’t wait to see where this show is going. As of right now, I really don’t have a clue, and I’m liking that suspense, as it makes me feel like I’m finding out with the rest of the gang.
Rating 4 out of 5.
The third episode of “The Mysterious Benedict Society” is coming to Disney+ on Friday 2nd July.