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‘Manhunt: Unabomber’: Discovery’s newest scripted thriller

Written By | Aug 2, 2017

LOS ANGELES, August 1, 2017 – Ted Kaczynski was a man who haunted America during the 80s and 90s. Discovery Channel has now taken his story to the small screen, with their newest original drama ‘Manhunt: Unabomber’ that debuted last night.

The Unabomber kept law enforcement on edge by sending bombs through the mail, devices that maimed and killed dozens before he was caught.

Discovery Channel’s newest drama is an eight-episode retelling of how those in the law enforcement brought the Unabomber to justice. The drama boasts an ensamble cast including Sam Worthington, Chris Noth, Jane Lynch, Mark Duplass, Brian D’arcy James, Elisabeth Reaser and Paul Bettany.

The story goes deep into the psych of its characters turning the story into something more than just a process.

The beginning episodes give the audience a past and present perspective on the relationship by Kaczynski (Paul Bettany) and F.B.I. profiler Jim Fitzgerald (Sam Worthington). Fitzgerald is full of many quirks which makes him a unique agent, such as his preference to be alone. Despite his personal flaws, he becomes a character who everyone can root far, especially given who he his hunting.

‘Manhunt’ allows for the audience to hear Kaczynski’s unedited words taken from his manifesto, unbelievably creating empathy for the fugitive and the cause. Discovery’s new drama delivers a deep depiction of the 1990s, putting a big emphasis on the technology being used at the time.

At times the show exhibited a major flaw in how it portrayed the way the FBI officials would react to certain key events in the course of their manhunt. It’s exciting to see both Worthington and Bettany taking a break from their hectic filming schedules for ‘Avatar’ and ‘The Avengers’ to give a strong performance in this project.

The new series, despite lacking much excitement, engages the audience and gives them something they can’t turn away from. ‘Manhunt: Unabomber’ airs Tuesdays at 10 p.m. ET on Discovery.

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Larry Lease

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