This is a Robbery (Netflix)

Brendan’s Alternate Tagline: Editor wanted.

Quick synopsis: The story of the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum theft in 1990.

Fun Fact Non-History People Will Like: This is the largest art heist in history.

Fun Fact for History Nerds: The thieves stole wisely when they poached a few Rembrandts, Degas, and a Vermeer. However, they skipped Michelangelo. Guess they weren’t Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles fans.

My Take: My reaction to episodes 1 and 2 of this series: you got me hooked! Episodes 3 and 4: get it over with.

This series needed to be one episode shorter. It also has a problem with tone. Unlike Operation Odessa which firmly highlights the absolute hilarity of the criminals without glossing over their crimes, this series has a tone problem. I felt like sometimes it wanted to be darkly funny, but then the final couple episodes dive deeply into the sheer murderousness of the prime suspects. What started out as a bloodless art heist becomes a total bloodbath.

Ultimately, the final two episodes drag and if it were shortened to three total, then this would be a much better watch. It’s not bad, it’s just not nearly as good as it could have bee.

Verdict: This is one episode too long and really drags at the end. It’s worth a watch if nothing else is on.  

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