If you aren’t watching National Treasure: Edge of History, you are missing out. Yes, I love, love everything about the movies (it’s the movie franchise we can overlook how much I don’t Nicholas Cage as an actor), but I do love this series too. It feels like it is part of the franchise, but its own thing. It’s unique, informative, and grows with times versus feeling like it’s stuck in one time.
But this episode of National Treasure: Edge of History does feel as though it’s a trip to past and also staying in the present.
Look, I know that I am not the worlds foremost authority on history, but I do feel like my love of history is one of the reasons that I love this show and the franchise. I have a tendency to press pause and Google what they are talking about.
At the end of the second episode Jess was shocked that her Mom had written the paper that all these people were going off of. It didn’t make sense to her, because her Mom has never given a clue that she would be anything like this.
But the paper was what had given Liam’s Dad the clues and information that propelled his search forward. I know that this is completely selfish, but I love Liam and Jess as a couple, so I love anything that ties the two together. I just feel like they’ve both been given a shitty path in life, but they’ve made the best of it – in the ways that they’ve known how to do that.
Jess, Tasha, and Liam head over to Owen’s to use his camcorder. A little nervous TBH, because it’s Ethan’s house and even though he has a girlfriend, he’s like trying to stake his territory with Jess and is making things weird with Liam. But I guess that’s neither here or there.
Oren lets them use the camcorder, and NGL I lost my shit, when Jess got to watch her Mom, but also for the first time in her life, heard her Dad’s voice. Like, what a moment. Her Mom is delivering a speech on what the boxes mean and how they came to be. When she says that Malinche wasn’t as bad as everyone thinks and was in effect trying to save the treasure, one dude stands up and is like NO.
I am of the belief that we all have a lot of thoughts on history, but we won’t always know the truth about what actually was. We only know what we think was. That’s part of the reason why I think it’s so important for a person to journal, because it’s the only way that – if those journals are ever seen – that people will know your truth.
But back to the story. Tasha points out that the women that her Mama was talking about are all wearing the same necklace as Jess is. Sadusky had told her that the necklace means something, so I think for Jess, it’s kinda good to see from a different POV that it does. She’s of course gonna have to deal with the emotions that come from finding out a bunch of stuff about her Mom, but also hearing her Dad’s voice.
Ethan arrives home, and is shocked to see everyone there, but I also feel like he had to have known that Jess wasn’t going to give up on this. At the very least, it’s a puzzle and Jess loves those.
If all of them are going to be read into the situation, Liam’s taking them to Sadusky’s secret room. Liam is beginning to understand his Dad and Grandpa even more, so this is a lot for him. But also, he’s like this pillar of strength that isn’t going to show that anything that makes him let a wall down. But, he’s navigating a new group of friends and his strong AF feelings for Jess.
And yes, anyone with eyes can see the chemistry between Liam and Jess. Even Ethan and he doesn’t like it.
Liam is open with them and tells them that his Dad had one of the relics and died a few days after coming into it’s possession. He passed in a diving accident. Don’t think for a second that we don’t believe that Billie had something to do with Liam’s Dad passing.
“A message was passed to Sun King born to Peace.”
That’s the clue that they find in the room. I’d like to take a second to apologize to my Grandparents for all their weird ass notes. Maybe they too were trying to tell me a million things that made no sense to lead me to a treasure.
Somehow they all deduce that this has to do with Elvis. I’d like to know if I am high and not recognizing it, because that would not be anything that I would guess. Not even close. But what I did love about this scene was that we got to see that every single person on this team is able to offer something to solving clues.
Yes, Jess sees big picture, but all of them know things that others may not. People need to appreciate all of the similarities and differences in others, but also respect that everyone has something to give.
Meanwhile while all of this is going on, Billie is working with her team in order to try and solve the case. They can’t have been that smart, because it takes Jess planting a key on the inside of one box for them to realize they are puzzle boxes and then to realize that they are a map.
I love Catherine Zeta Jones, normally, but her role as Billie isn’t as scary and menacing as I think that they mean for it to be. She comes across as this monotone person, with bad hair, and too much botox. Billie doesn’t terrify me.
So I have to wonder, how is she supposed to be someone that anyone would fear. I think that if anything, the only thing that I would be afraid of is that she would get to the treasure before me. Like anyone, I like cash in my wallet and I think that if there’s anything we’ve learned from Ben and Riley, is there is cash to be made when finding a treasure.
She however does believe by the map pieces that she has that the third relic is in Mexico. She’s of course wrong, but so don’t mind her being out of the way for a minute.
Agent Ross didn’t follow what her boss had said and didn’t cancel the toxicology report on Sadusky. She is honest about it with the dude that performs it, but he still gives her info. We find out that Sadusky had orange stains on his hands. They kinda look like a really bad spray tan that was left there too long. But the report, it’s all inconclusive.
The kids though – they head off to Graceland with a plan. They send Oren in to release moths (the non-fabric eating kind, which we didn’t know existed) which will get exterminators called in. This means that Liam and Ethan will go undercover.
Don’t get me wrong, the boys are all great, but who continues to excel in this show is Zuri Reed and Lisette Olivera. Both are these badass females who prove that a woman doesn’t need a man; they need themselves. There is nothing about seeing them on the screen that doesn’t inspire and propel a person forward. You believe in them. You want to be like them.
When the next clue doesn’t come from where they think it was going to, Jess realizes that she needs to get back into Elvis’s secret room. Now, I know that I should be paying more attention to the room, but all I am thinking is that I really wondering if Elvis has a secret room at Graceland. I really would love to know about that and if it is true, because like wow.
Yes, I would be the person to fall for conspiracy theories. I am who I am.
We’re kinda at this point obsessing over Jake Austin Walker. When he takes to singing in Graceland, we’re swooning. We’re also swooning over him when Ethan shows up to tell him to be careful with Jess, and he tells him that it’s not up to him to tell a woman what to do. We’re swooning over him when he finds that Jess has DACA and he instantly wants to protect her.
We’re however, not swooning over Ethan, because we’re like you’re just trying to keep control and that’s not okay to do to Jess. She tries to make Ethan think it’s okay, but even he knows it’s not. She’s just going to keep trying to be the bigger person, because that’s who she is.
She however has a different relationship with Liam and tells him that she doesn’t like people knowing because they treat her different. She doesn’t want that – especially with him. For Liam, he’s willing to listen and he realizes that their lives intersect on a lot of levels.
And the clue, the one that they ended up getting from Graceland, “The twin-tongued serpent’s tail is revealed in fair weather by the bend in the new found land.”
Ya, no clue as to what that means here.
National Treasure: Edge of History is streaming on Disney Plus.