Let’s present you with a scenario. Hints of ‘Indiana Jones‘ with a touch of ‘National Treasure‘ … what do you get? Think hard. CBS, taking a break from its long list of procedural dramas, added a contemporary action-packed thriller to its catalog. Yes, ‘Blood & Treasure’, which sticks closely to the themes of the two classic movies mentioned above, is created and written by Matthew Federman and Stephen Scaia. Developed as another entrant to the channel’s repertoire of scripted shows for summer, this series follows an antiquities expert and a sly art thief who comprise the two members of an unlikely team to apprehend a notorious terrorist. In this globe-trotting adventure, we witness a delectable mix of action, drama, violence, and humor.
‘Blood & Treasure’ first premiered on May 21, 2019, on CBS. Federman and Scaia are also the executive producers for the show, along with Taylor Elmore, Ben Silverman, Marc Webb, and Mark Vlasic.
Blood & Treasure Cast: Who is in it?
Sofia Pernas and Matt Barr lead the cast as Lexi Vaziri and Danny McNamara respectively. Pernas is a Moroccan-Spanish actress whom you might already recognize from her appearances in ‘The Young and the Restless’, ‘Jane the Virgin’, and ‘The Brave’. She also appears in another CBS drama – NCIS. American actor Barr is best-known for his roles in ‘Hatfields & McCoys’, ‘Commander in Chief’, ‘One Tree Hill’, ‘Harper’s Island’, and ‘Hellcats’.
Joining the duo in other prominent roles are Katia Winter as Gwen, Michael James Shaw as Shaw, James Callis as Hardwick, Alicia Coppola as Dr. Ana Castilla, and Mohammed Marouazi as Reza Vaziri. Anna Silk appears in a recurring role as Roarke.
Danny McNamara is brilliant antiquities expert who was formerly employed with the FBI. Accompanying him is Lexi Vaziri, an equally genius and cunning art thief. Polar opposites and from completely different backdrops, this unlikely duo forms an odd team to track down the ruthless terrorist, Karim Farouk. His modus operandi involves stealing rare treasures and using the cash to fund his attacks. The mission begins when Danny’s mentor is abducted by Farouk. The two partners now travel across borders in their hunt for justice. However, in their adventure, they also find themselves involved in the midst of a “2,000-year-old battle for the cradle of civilization”.
The show is a typical adventure-packed, crime-thriller drama. But the creators have done an awesome job of throwing some hilariously tense moments in the mix. One of those funny moments happen when Danny and Lexi meet in a cop car. From the confrontation, it’s evident that this is a reunion and they both have some unfinished business to take care of. Lexi immediately asks Danny in an accusing tone, “Are you stalking me?”. Danny’s nonchalant reply involves a description where he explains that he had tracked her passport to France. And then a credit card hit on one of her aliases pointed him there. Finally, he admits that he had been indeed following her movements closely in the hopes that their paths might cross.