‘Mystery 101: Deadly History’ Review
First of all, can I just say wow?! I always have high expectations for Kristoffer Polaha and Jill Wagner and they exceed those expectations every single time. But this time, they blew my expectations out of the water. They’re just constantly stepping their game up with these movies and I never stop being impressed. I just want more and more! So if you haven’t seen Mystery 101: Deadly History and don’t want to be spoiled, turn back now. Because there are going to be more than a few spoilers ahead! Otherwise, carry on!
As expected, there was a little will they or won’t they happening at the beginning of this series. Though I will say that didn’t last too long. Because it more turned into a when will they situation. And even that didn’t last long. Amy and Travis have been steadily moving toward each other from the moment they met and it’s been an incredible and beautiful journey to watch. But this latest film had my favorite moment between them so far. They finally told one another how they felt! I feel like I’ve been waiting to hear them tell each other “I love you” forever! But the moment was absolutely perfect and had me swooning so hard! Plus, what has become their love theme playing in the background? Be still my freaking heart! Once again it had me eager for the next film to see where they would go from here.
But for the first time, we got a little glimpse into the future at the end of this one. And it certainly isn’t bright. When they fast-tracked to eleven months later, I knew it wasn’t going to be anything good. And when they revealed that Amy was engaged to someone who wasn’t Travis, my freaking heart dropped. I was honestly in a state of denial and I might still be there. There must be something else going on because no way in hell do I see Travis and Amy rationally breaking up and Amy getting engaged at all. Much less within eleven months. And containing my curiosity until the next installment just may drive me crazy! They’ve been doing so well and Hallmark is all about the happy endings, so I need to know just what the hell is going on here!
The Mystery and Location
I actually live pretty close to Ithaca, New York! So it was really cool to have this movie be set somewhere fairly local to me! Recognizing a few of the shots like the one of Ithaca Falls was pretty awesome. And the mention of the college. On top of that, I really liked that this mystery was a little different than the ones before. While there was a murder, it wasn’t the main focal point of the movie, the disappearance and kidnapping of Amy’s very much alive uncle was. And while I love a good murder mystery, I’m also always game for a little bit of a change-up. And this was done super well! At least, I sure thought so.
And while there were a few things that were predictable, there was just as much that wasn’t. The fact that they had Amy, Travis, and Graham go all the way to New York also has me wondering where else they may go in future movies. Because we all know they aren’t even close to done with this series yet. At least, they better not be! Travis being in his home jurisdiction is always fun and I wouldn’t ever want to stray too far away from that. But seeing them in a different setting every now and then while also learning a bit more about the characters along the way because of the location always makes for a great addition to any of the movies.
Questions and Disbelief
I’m not sure how I feel about the way things ended. I would’ve loved a little flash-forward. But I didn’t love the one we got. Travis and Amy are meant to be and I refuse to believe anything else. Call it denial or whatever you want, I just refuse. I also find it insanely suspicious that in eleven months, after telling Travis she loves him, Amy is no longer with Travis and is instead engaged to someone else. It’s taken forever for her and Travis to get together! So no way has she just jumped in with both feet with some other dude. Another thing I find insanely suspicious is that the mysterious man Amy apparently jumped into things with so quickly is a murder victim? Yeah, something is definitely amiss here and they better not leave any of us hanging for too long before giving us some freaking answers!
What did you think about Mystery 101: Deadly History? Do you believe for one second that Amy and Travis really just broke up? Or do you think there is something else going on? Why do you think we were given a flash-forward with this installment when we’ve never been given one before? Does that also make you a little suspicious? Is there something else going on under the surface? Who is this mysterious man Amy is apparently going to get engaged to within the next eleven months? What could have happened between her and Travis? Find and follow us on Twitter @capeandcastle to share all of your Mystery 101: Deadly History thoughts with us! And be sure to check out our site for more content on all things Disney and beyond!