Mystery Lab is by no means an outstanding, award-winning series but there’s no denying that it amuses and the facts displayed, along with myths and rumors, make it genuinely good viewing.
Netflix series Mystery Lab season 1 came out on the platform on August 4, 2020.
It’s easy to roll your eyes when you are subject to another Netflix documentary series that bases itself on investigative work. The other day we got the quirky and enthusiastic Connected. Today, we get Mystery Lab, which as the title suggests, looks at the world’s mysteries and tries to give a scientific view.
But rather than the series giving the audience a beat by beat, fact by fact account of what is being researched, Mystery Lab gives a scripted, lab-themed view of the findings at hand. Led by host Felipe Castanhari, and his trusted lab-buddies, the Netflix series attempts to make the documentary series fun while keeping it informed and factual.
It’s cheesy but what can you expect; in the opening episode, the host discusses the famous Bermuda Triangle and asks why so many ships, planes, and passengers have disappeared over the years. He breaks down the events and what happened — he presents the urban legend and myths that the place is haunted. His lab buddy keeps humorously claiming the events all link to aliens despite the host suggesting other theories.
This was a good opening episode, despite the fact that it never really explains why so many events have occurred in this triangle, including a compass that goes haywire.
But I don’t think Netflix’s Mystery Lab is meant to be wholly conclusive; it’s designed to put scientific theories together and look at likelihood. It’s easy to believe, for example, that the Bermuda Triangle events were caused by scientific causes but it leaves the viewers to make their own decisions. I think the Netflix series would be great for children and young teenagers — it has an entertainment element to it that keeps you engaged with the facts.
Mystery Lab season 1 is by no means an outstanding, award-winning series but there’s no denying that it amuses and the facts displayed, along with myths and rumors, make it genuinely good viewing.
Daniel Hart is the Co-Founder of Ready Steady Cut and has operated as Editor-in-Chief since 2017.