Pirate Gold of Adak Island season 1 review – treasure hunters, assemble

By Romey Norton
Published: June 29, 2022
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With hundreds of millions of dollars hidden on the Island of Adak, will this team of specialists be able to find it? 

This review of the Netflix reality series Pirate Gold of Adak Island season 1 does not contain spoilers. 

Netflix is bringing something a little different to our screens, a real-life treasure hunt, Pirate Gold of Adak Island. In 1892 a pirate buried gold on Adak Island worth over $300,000,000 and, like a true pirate story, he died before he could return to collect his booty. Here, a team of skilled treasure hunters seeks to unearth the gold, but the island is riddled with live munitions. Will they succeed? 

Who doesn’t love stories about pirates? Their non-confirmatory, adventurous, dangerous lives and treasure hunts have inspired some incredible novels, films and songs. In this series, we get to learn about a new pirate and his gold. This latest release is an Adventure Series with 8 episodes lasting roughly half an hour each. I was a little bit worried about the series having so many episodes for one story; thinking each episode would be very similar. However, there is so much to learn and delve into, the episodes go by quite quickly. It’s a great binge watch, that you can get a little bit hooked and obsessed with.

There is a lot more to this than just wanting the gold to satisfy intrigue or greed. On the island, there are only 45 people calling it home, and it is close to economic ruin. The town mayor Tom has put this team together to find the money so he can save the community and save the town. The specialists do not get paid unless they find the gold, so there is a lot at stake here. 

With glorious landscapes and intense instrumental music throughout we’re taken on a historical journey of this Island. During WW2 this island was an important base for war with Japan. This is where the first can of gold was discovered. With nothing being found for 60 years, we follow this team slowly exploring and excavating the land without ruining it, to hopefully find millions of dollars worth of gold. After the war bombs were left across the lands, the team didn’t only have to battle the extreme, ever-changing, weather conditions, but they have to battle the island’s history too.

Overall this series is an excellent watch. If you’re a history buff, or into adventure programs, this is the one for you. Hey, if you are a fan of pirate/treasure hunting films such as Pirates of the Caribbean or The Goonies, this could be the next one you need to check out. I recommend this series if you like programmes such as Time Team and Treasure Hunt. I won’t spoil the ending, but it’s not to be missed. 

What did you think of the Netflix reality series Pirate Gold of Adak Island season 1? Comment below. 

You can watch this series with a subscription to Netflix.

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