UNNATURAL HISTORY “Maximum Insecurity” Review

Unnatural History (Cartoon Network) - Maximum Insecurity - Episode 10

UNNATURAL HISTORY‘s tenth episode, called “Maximum Insecurity” found our heroes facing thieves, computers and Graphic Con in a bid to protect their beloved museum-and a multi-million dollar state of the art computer.

The museum needs a new security upgrade and under this pretence thieves break into the Smithson whilst it is under lockdown. Unfortunate for Henry, Jasper and Maggie who find themselves trapped in the museum after some tutoring, fortunate for the museum, which must rely on this trio to protect it and its priceless contents. The rest of the episode focuses on the cat and mouse game played between the trio and the thieves.

There are some very funny parts: I laughed at Henry’s monologue of threats over the walkie talkie that was ruined when the baddie said dryly that he had not pushed the on button. Jordan Garavis playing Jasper was nothing short of hilarious. His reaction shots: priceless.

I also loved that the whole episode was pretty much in the museum. The sets were wonderful; especially one of ancient Chinese artefacts where Henry and Maggie developed a plan.

That being said, this was not my favourite episode of Unnatural History. Prior to this, every episode raised the bar in quality as the show got better and better each week. This week the episode seemed drained of energy and cleverness. Maggie was especially grating as she whined about Jasper’s capture, inexplicably developing nervous reflexes which she had never exhibited in the previous nine episodes, encumbering the trio as opposed to helping them.

Henry’s method of capturing one of the thieves was not nearly as sly as you would expect with the vast array of devices one could find in a museum-especially one like the Smithson. There were very few bits of history learned too, aside from some obscure tidbit about a typewriter. The computing technology touted was not explained; just a bunch of jargon rambled off which would leave anyone without computer savvy clueless. Worst of all, it was plodding, with almost any moment not focused on Jasper a dull one. The moment Henry threw a cup to get Principal Bartlett’s attention I knew the episode was a dud. A cup. With Henry and his worldly knowledge and Maggie and her genius, stuck in a museum filled with countless artefacts and a café, they threw a cup. Sigh.

Hopefully next week’s instalment will bring back what I love about the show: good plots, intriguing history and a bit of cleverness.

What did you think of the episode? Agree? Disagree? Leave your opinions in the comments below!

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