When thinking of some brilliant shows only available online, the usual go to programmes are Netflix Originals. However, some of the great web series can be on a YouTube production company’s second channel, you just go to know where to look. With such a funny and interesting show going largely undiscovered due to its platform, I thought it would be a good idea to review Buzzfeed Unsolved to give this little gem a bit more of a fighting chance.
Plot: This horror documentary series follows Ryan Bergara and Shane Madej, as they investigate some of the unsolved crime cases and supernatural hauntings. Each season will alternate between Unsolved: True crime, discussing murder cases and theories, followed by Unsolved: Supernatural, discussing if a place is truly haunted.
Trailer for season 3:
Review: Through the show being a short documentary web series, the struggle of informative storytelling means portraying a lot of information in a short period of time. Therefore, explanations must be fast, interesting and detailed. Histories are explained through heavy graphic timelines, with strongly researched voice overs. Showing information through graphics to this extent is usually frowned upon. However, this really works. This is only because of the hilarious voice overs and sarcastic comments from Shane and Ryan’s ‘I can’t deal with this guy’ attitude. Documentary is always amazing when comedy is chucked into the mix. I think more crime documentaries should have the creator laughing about serial killers. The show even has its own drinking game so don’t expect your typical ghost and crime investigation. The show does alternate the themes of supernatural to crime each series. This appeals to a larger group of people. However, if you aren’t’ a fan of the Supernatural, you got to wait for the next season. Perhaps, if they alternated between episodes, this would keep it fresh.
Unsolved Supernatural, is by far the most unique of the two seasons. It does follow the technical methods of your usual episode of hunting for spirits, from walking around the location at night and communicating with spirits through a number of techniques but only one of them actually believes in the supernatural. Ryan takes everything seriously and will scream at any sound, in fear that the spirits of the dead are lurking around in the dark, whereas Shane will just laugh at Ryan and shout insults at the ‘demons’. The only thing Shane has found frightening in these horrid locations are the bugs, bats and the massive spiders. They have had to leave locations because of the number of arachnids crawling around. Despite the two having opposite views, they work so well. The will always have a joke around so you won’t find the show very scary, even if you are easily frightened. By the presenters having conflicting beliefs, a sense of authenticity is added, as they don’t take every little footstep as evidence. However, this does mean that they don’t usually find a lot of proof, disappointing the audience. Nevertheless, they do really try to capture a spirit on camera. They have professional equipment and seem to be high budget, considering the platform they broadcast on. It’s a high quality miniseries hiding away in the corners of the Buzzfeed channel.
True Crime is not as funny as the supernatural because the series is based on fact, meaning the two have no doubt that the horrific events discussed actually happened. It would also be inappropriate to joke too much about murdered kids and women. These guys aren’t insane after all. This show is mainly based on discussing the timeline of the crime and moving into the theories. ‘That being said, let’s get into the theories’ will be a line to haunt your dreams. As the series relies on discussing who did it and how, they provide us with an after show for the audience to put in their views. We can finally interact with those conducting investigation. Discussion and direct interaction with audiences always gets thumbs up from me. We fans like to know that our ikons actually care about what we have to say.
Overall, the short horror episodes should appeal to any fan of the dark documentary genre. They add in their own twist and is really a show like no other. You will laugh and have shivers running up your spine all in a space of around a minute.