Mysteries of the Abandoned is a non-fiction show which premiered on April 21, 2017, on Science Channel. The show is about ancient abandoned buildings and the in-depth observation and exploration of such structures. This exploration, in turn, shows the viewers the latest scenarios in which these buildings are still proving themselves essential for humankind. Empty factories and decayed cities are the focus of the show. Mighty structures which once stood as a testament to the engineering and are continuing to do so. Among the structures, there are many that pose a potential threat to mankind.
Science Channel’s official synopsis states, “Each story highlights the people who designed the structures, their significance, and why they were ultimately left to crumble”. The non- fiction series takes us through the details of these buildings in each episode. Details of architecture like its designer, historical importance and architectural merit are discussed in an engaging manner. People who find tales about historical places and monuments fascinating are in for a treat.
What is the Cast of Mysteries of The Abandoned?
The core team member who appears in the show is Kasper Michaels, who takes over the role of the narrator. Other experts who appear are the space physicist Dr Martin Archer, Structural engineer Roma Agarwal who has an expertise of studying ancient structures and Andrew Gough who is a historian and an author. Other experts who are part of the show are in no way less important than the ones mentioned above. They include Saul David, military historian, and author; Lucie Green, solar physicist and Professor Andrew Lambert, a naval historian. All team members are integral to the running of the show and should be back in the upcoming season when it is renewed.
What is Mysteries of The Abandoned About?
Mysteries of The Abandoned features empty factories, decaying cities that once stood on the most advanced stages of construction and design, and underwent the test of time. Among the fascinating architectural structures the show has featured, there is the Old Croton Aqueduct, which was constructed in 1842 and served as a facility for drinking water in New York City. The facility was established to provide the citizens with a continuous supply of freshwater. Places in rural Georgia, e.g. Central State Hospital are visited and explored with nitpicking details. Currently, abandoned the hospital occupies an area of 2,000 acres.
While all these places are being explored, the ocean cannot remain unexplored. Keeping this in mind the show’s creators take us to the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean. Viewers get a glimpse of the Irish coast where a British ship drowned while making a shipment for the allied forces. Detroit, the city which is synonymous with industries, is shown in an era of decay when the series took us inside the Packard Automotive Plant which was opened in 1911. Beelitz Heilstatten, the abandoned hospital complex where Hitler once underwent treatment, is also featured in the show.
The ruin of Sarajevo, the Winter Olympics facility for the players which was built in 1984 is explored in great detail. Some minor yet significant places where the show takes us have abandoned engineering projects, an eerie prison which is located underwater in the Soviet Union and the Soviet Monolith. In the second episode of the fourth season, the viewers are taken inside the Cold War military compound of Josip Broz Tito.
San Francisco’s Sutro Baths and the unfinished Deutsches Stadion (whose construction was started by Hitler) are also featured in this episode. Pablo Escobar, the infamous drug lord, was imprisoned inside a high-security prison called La Catedral. The building’s exploration leads to new discoveries which give us proper insight into the time he spent while he was there. A creepy tunnel situated underneath Paris is analysed, which leads to shocking revelations about its construction and abandonment. The details of how these architectural marvels were built, lost and discovered are discussed by the narrator.
Mysteries of The Abandoned Season 5 Release Date: When will it premiere?
Mysteries of The Abandoned Season 4 premiered on March 19, 2019, on Science Channel. According to the series creators, the non-fiction show has been renewed for another season. Mysteries of The Abandoned Season 5 is set to premiere on October 3, 2019. Mark your calendars!
Mysteries of The Abandoned Trailer:
Check out this clip from its debut season to get a taste of what the show is all about.
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