Jess, Tasha, Oren, Ethan and Liam head to Graceland looking for more clues to the treasure in the latest episode of the Disney+ Original Series “National Treasure: Edge of History.” Meanwhile, Billie and her “fake feds” head to Mexico City to check for the final cube to help them with the treasure hunt. In the end, we learn how important Elvis Presley was to the Free Masons and the race between Jess and her friends to the treasure before Billie and her employees find it.

This is a solid series, but it still feels like it’s lacking something. Maybe it will pick up over the next few weeks but right now, it’s only not bad. The story is told well, but it just doesn’t have a magical feel to it. There’s definitely potential, so I’m hopeful it realizes that potential rather than continuing on its rather bland current path.

The main characters feel very much like cookie cutter characters. Jess is amazingly talented at everything but is held back by her circumstances. Tasha is her obvious ride or die best friend who also happens to be very good at hacking. Oren is the bonehead best friend, and Tasha’s ex-boyfriend, who is willing to help out but gets in trouble at seemingly every turn. Ethan is the older, wiser friend who is looking out for Jess because he fears what will happen to her. And Liam is the connection to the Mason world as well as an obvious love interest for Jess. These are archetypes, yes, but it really feels like you could replace any of them and the story wouldn’t change.

Despite these flaws, I’m hopeful that it will reach its potential. The real problem seems to be the unnecessary connection to the “National Treasure” franchise. None of it is bad, but it feels completely pointless. It almost feels like they didn’t have enough faith in the story to stand on its own, so they connected it to an already successful property. That may not be what happened, but it’s the vibe I’m currently getting from it.

Rating: 3 stars

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Jeremy Brown

Jeremy has been a big Disney fan since he was a kid growing up during the Disney Renaissance. One day he hopes to go to every Disney Park in the world.

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