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You Can Run But You Can’t Hide: A Review of the “Americas Most Wanted” Revival

A column header designed for night Light by Jamie Miller, a culmination of reviews and opinions from a night owl (Abby Haywood/The Collegiate)

By Jamie Miller

Greetings Nightlighters, it is I, “the midnight son” Jamie Miller here with yet another issue of Nightlight. Now as you may know I am a fan of true crime, whether it be TV shows about unsolved crimes or elusive serial killers. So imagine my joy when randomly scrolling through Hulu, when I discovered that “America’s Most Wanted” had been rebooted. However, many things have changed with the reboot.

“America’s Most Wanted” which first premiered in 1988 was hosted by John Walsh and was created with one purpose in mind –  to catch the worst of the worst, criminals who have evaded justice, to make a difference. And it did. Over the course of the show’s production, they helped police make 1,186 arrests. And now it’s back and already making a difference.

The revival, which is now hosted by journalist Elizabeth Vargas, has so far produced four episodes. In that time they have already upped the number to 1,187 arrests, with a recent show helping to catch a carjacker. They also now boast a full-body recreation of the suspects complete with the ability to remove facial hair and glasses, something they never cease to tout.

Now as for the quality of the show itself, it’s not bad. Vargas does a good job with her narration and the law enforcement officials and families of victims they interview help as well. However, this also has always been a part of my complaints with the show in general. They almost follow a guilty until proven innocent approach. And while, yes, with some they have footage or DNA evidence but not with others. Some of the law enforcement officials also strike me as a bit overconfident, a little too certain in their victory to the point it borders on underestimating their “prey” which is always a mistake. Also, I can’t believe I am saying this but I sorely miss Walsh’s fire and passion about bringing the guilty to justice. All and all, however, the reboot is not bad. Of course it’s still early as the show has only aired four episodes on Fox and Hulu so far. I give it five and a half torches out of ten. It is worth a checkout.