The first two National Treasure movies, though not great by any means, were fun. Starring Nicholas Cage and a reasonably solid cast, they were adventurous, exciting, and made for some great memes.
Well, as was done with Star Wars and most of its other IP, Disney flushed that legacy down the toilet with a woke new version of it. That was the Disney+ show “National Treasure: Edge of History.” Here’s the trailer:
The mystery-adventure series premiered on the streaming service in February. Predictably, it had a predominantly female and diverse cast, starring Lisette Olivera, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Zuri Reed, Antonio Cipriano, Jordan Rodrigues, Jake Austin Walker and Lyndon Smith. It has already been canceled.
Why? Fans hated it because it was woke. Such is what the website Disney Tips reported, saying:
However, fans dislike the female-led show, which also stars Catherine Zeta-Jones, Lyndon Smith, Zuri Reed, Antonio Cipriano, and Jake Austin Walker (with a cameo from Justin Bartha). In fact, critics and fans alike have poorly reviewed director Mira Nair’s program, which faces extremely low scores online.
For example, critics on Rotten Tomatoes gave Edge of History a measly 44%, with audiences hitting even lower at 31%, while IMBD left it at 4.6/10. Plus, Forbes Magazine quoted one fan’s response to Edge of History, completely decimating the program for allegedly being everything from badly written to too progressive:
Quite possibly the worst show of 2022. Aside from the fact Nicolas Cage isn’t even a part of it (which now make sense), The young bad actors, the poor presentation, the rehash storyline, not to mention Disney pushing their “political views” down our throats makes this completely unwatchable. Disney has been on a downward spiral. If they continue this path I don’t see many people continuing to support this company, and unfortunately this is the end of the road for me and my family as I won’t be continuing my Disney plus subscription moving forward. Finish National Treasure 3 with Cage and leave it at that, Please.
The Washington Examiner noted the many woke themes of the show as well, reporting:
Unfortunately, like much of the content Disney releases nowadays, the show is filled with left-wing cultural platitudes and propaganda. The series stars Lisette Olivera as Jess Valenzuela, a 20-something living in Louisiana, who gets entangled in a hunt for a hidden Native American treasure. Valenzuela is a “DACA child.” The show repeatedly mentions how she could be unfairly deported from the country at any moment because of this.
The rest of the cast seems to feature a member from every racial, social, ethnic, and economic demographic possible in the country, and they make sure to regularly let the audience know it. And while the “good guys” are a bunch of diverse, multicultural groups of friends, all the “bad guys” in the film are of European heritage, including the series antagonist Billie Pearce, an affluent crypto queen and black market historical artifact dealer, portrayed rather unconvincingly by Catherine Zeta-Jones and all of her henchmen. If the Left’s diversity, equity, and inclusion could be a cinematic representation, this show would be it.
It even included a major plot twist in which a mysterious evil leader, referred to as “Salazar,” thought to be the brains behind the show’s most sinister points and believed to be Mexican, naturally, turned out to be a white male. And, the Caucasian cadre of the movie’s villains was after an indigenous treasure solely so they could destroy it — a not-so-subtle metaphor.
We’ll see if Disney ever learns. It’s ruined the Star Wars movies. It ruined its good Star Wars show, The Mandalorian. The animated movies it makes have been woke and despised by audiences. It’s in a fight with Florid Governor Ron DeSantis and turned off many conservatives. Yet still it produces woke slop, so still we must boycott it like we’ve boycotted Bud Light.
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