This week for the Spotcast Sunday feature, I am reviewing the true crime podcast, Empty Frames. This podcast debuted in February 2018. There were 22 episodes available at the time of writing on Apple Podcasts. The following description is provided from the Apple Podcast page: Welcome to Empty Frames. Season 1 is about the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum heist: In the early hours of March 18th, 1990, two thieves posing as police officers were admitted into the Gardner Museum in Boston. In 81 minutes, they stole 13 pieces of art, among the paintings stripped from their frames were works by Vermeer, Degas, and Rembrandt. Season 2 tackles other angles of art crime. We hear from the owners of an antique store who found a famous stolen painting, we discuss a stolen da Vinci with Turbo, & we dig into Gardner heist minutia. Season 3 begins May 19th, 2020.
I have mixed feeling about this podcast. I liked season two more than season one. There had been only one episode of season three available at the moment so I cannot judge that season yet. Season one feels rushed and the hosts seem to gloss over the crime. That would not be a problem if you knew about the heist before listening. They delve deep into the different theories without giving what I feel would be significant enough information. I had never heard of this heist before and I needed to do a little reading between episodes to understand better. I am sure that having all the episode available at once to listen changes that. I started listening to this when it first launch and so I am basing my review on that experience. I cannot wait to here what the rest of season three. I also look forward to hearing about other art crime as this podcast evolves. Check this podcast out if your into true crime involving art.
I give this podcast 3 out of 5 stars.
Tomorrow for the Movie Monday feature, I am reviewing the action thriller film, Extraction. Next week for the Spotcast Sunday feature, I am reviewing the comedy podcast, Wisecracks. Until then keep listening on; Nerd out!
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