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When it comes to digging up ancient treasures, legendary Egyptologist Dr. Zahi Hawass leaves other archaeologists in the dust. History's cameras follow closely as he and his cadre of young archaeologists unearths new finds from incredible mummies to, perhaps, Cleopatra's tomb. It's a whirlwind tour, with the man who holds the keys to Egypt’s greatest antiquities and who rules his world like a modern day pharaoh. Unfiltered, entertaining , exciting and dangerous, Chasing Mummies lets viewers share the thrills and hardships facing the teams and camera crews as they toil to reveal what lies beneath the sand.
|1||Closed CaptioningVideoStuck||Zahi is supervising the restoration of the Step Pyramid, the oldest pyramid in Egypt. It's there that we meet the new members of his fellowship program: Late to show up, Lindsay nearly loses her job before it actually begins! Meanwhile, Fellowship Coordinator Dr. Allan Morton realizes the erroneous assignment of Zoe to the program. Allan gets an earful from Zahi for his mistake before Zoe begs him for the chance to go inside the Step Pyramid for some photos...after all, she's traveled so far! Zoe goes deep inside the bowels of the pyramid with a cameraman, then gets stuck and locked inside. Zahi races back to Saqqara to open up the pyramid and save them both.||43:48||$1.99||View in iTunes|
|2||Closed CaptioningVideoTrapped||Only a handful of people have ever had the chance to see the Five Chambers high above the Grand Gallery of the Great Pyramid. Now, Zahi decides to go on his final journey to the Five Chambers with the fellows in tow...together they will document the ancient graffiti on the walls of the Chambers, proving Zahi's theory that ancient Egyptians, not slaves, built the Pyramids at Giza. This near-death experience leaves the fellows; Leslie, the executive producer; and, the crew gasping for air. Finally, Zahi will reveal his findings in an exclusive television interview.||43:20||$1.99||View in iTunes|
|3||Closed CaptioningVideoLost||Most people experience something rare or exceptional once or twice in a lifetime, but Zahi Hawass, unimpeded by his tireless lust for adventure, lives many lifetimes in a single day; Zahi moves from a dig site in Saqqara...descending deep underground to uncover a cache of mummies; to the Workmen's Cemetery; and finally, discovers a rare and important piece of Egyptian history...a beautiful anthropoid sarcophagus from the 26th Dynasty! After a day like that, anyone would be ready to end their day...not Zahi...he's going to party at one of Cairo's latest hotspots!||43:06||$1.99||View in iTunes|
|4||Closed CaptioningVideoDiscovered||On the road to Dakhla, the fellows learn quickly just how fast everything can change when Zahi is in the driver's seat! Army maneuvers have shut down their journey to restore an ancient minaret and now they must take a treacherous journey through the White Desert to camp overnight in a deserted oasis. If only the fellows had prepared for this! With their food spoiled from 115° temperatures, only Zahi can show them how to make friends with the local Bedouins, who feed the starving group. The next day, Zahi must fly out to meet former First Lady Laura Bush in Dallas and speak about his recent discovery of Queen Sesheshet's Pyramid.||43:53||$1.99||View in iTunes|
|5||Closed CaptioningVideoSunken||Finding Cleopatra's tomb has been the lifelong passion for many an archaeologist. Some scholars believe Cleopatra's remains are at Taposiris Magna, while others believe her remains must be in the city of Alexandria, where she lived an infamous life with Julius Caesar and Mark Anthony. Zahi has finally permitted archaeologists from the Hellenic Institute to dive into the Mediterranean Sea and bring up a nine-ton pylon that is a confirmed part of her historic shrine. But with the persistent problems of permits and permissions, an impending storm approaching, the Minister of Culture and the worldwide international press waiting on the shoreline, Zahi's fury is felt by all the incompetent people working to get this 2000-year-old pylon out of Alexandria's Eastern Harbor.||43:29||$1.99||View in iTunes|
|6||Closed CaptioningVideoRobbed||Finding unopened tombs in modern-day Egypt is very rare indeed, but with all his fellows in tow, Zahi heads to Sheikh Sobey and discovers an amazing mummy inside a sarcophagus. Also, Zahi makes it clear to the world community that every important Egyptian artifact must be returned to Egypt. And so, a missing piece of an offering table is headed back to Karnak Temple in Luxor from New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art. It's up to Zahi's consulting archaeologist, David Cheetham, to safely transport the piece from the airport to the museum--or he will he have hell to pay! Can Cheetham juggle the piece and the fellows' growing discontent with Zahi's program?||43:48||$1.99||View in iTunes|
|7||Closed CaptioningVideoMeltdown||It's early morning in Saqqara and Zahi is getting ready to open two sealed tombs for the first time in thousands of years, but Zoe is late again and his patience is wearing thin. At the "Festival of the Sacrifice," Derek and Allan begin to learn about the customs and traditions of their host country, while Zahi meets the press and reveals a completed renovation of one of the oldest operating monasteries in the world. If only the fellows hadn't made that unexpected stop to the Robber's Tomb, maybe things would have been different...||40:10||$1.99||View in iTunes|
|8||Closed CaptioningVideoBats||It's time for Leslie, the Executive Producer, to do Zahi a favor, and it requires going where few cameras have been before -- to the mysterious caves below the Giza Plateau. Zahi is determined to disprove the theories of the so-called "pyramidiots," who believe that there are secret underground chambers leading to the Sphinx. Little did anyone know that these caves were home to thousands of bats! If that wasn't enough for Zahi, he's also agreed to make an appearance at a local wedding celebration and as viewers have learned, Zahi's likes to celebrate the dead...not the living!||42:41||$1.99||View in iTunes|
|9||Closed CaptioningVideoCursed||Now that two fellows are gone, it seems that Alice, the marine archaeologist from Alexandria, wants to ask Zahi for a spot in the fellowship program. Zahi sets her to task--her first assignment--ride with him on horseback through the vast open desert to the Falcon Galleries. Zahi wants to see if the long-forgotten Falcon Galleries can be restored as a new tourist destination. Inside, not only are there thousands of mummified birds, but deadly snakes and scorpions, too!||43:12||$1.99||View in iTunes|
|10||Closed CaptioningVideoBuried||Having the chance of a lifetime to follow Dr. Zahi Hawass and witness so many new discoveries in this magical land of Egypt is an exceptional experience for anyone who can actually keep up with him! Just ask his truly-devoted archaeological workers, who've named a brand new tomb complex in Luxor after their dynamic boss: Z-1, or "Zahi"-1. So what's more fitting than going deep underground to discover five intact burials--even a murdered mummy--to complete this amazing adventure with Zahi Hawass!||43:19||$1.99||View in iTunes|
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sad misstep for History Channel
Hawass is entertaining. Any archaeology special that includes him would be fun to watch. But this show is overly scripted, overtly staged and fails to be interesting, enjoyable or informative. I really wanted to like this show. I was excited to watch the episode I had missed. But now I am glad I missed it and wish I could have the time I spent watching this back. History and entertainment are both sidestepped here for a show that seems to be made for interesting 30-second previews and nothing more. Because after 30 seconds at any point in the show, you will want to turn it off.
If you are the type that can't turn your head away from car crashes or a film student desiring a lesson in what not to do, by all means, watch this show. Otherwise, skip it.
One has to wonder just who decided to give the go ahead to this absolute mess of a series. I am also trying to figure out what audience they are trying to attract.
As someone who is seriously interested in Ancient Egypt, this show is an insult. It is entirely scripted, the archeology "fellows" are actors (if you can call them that; I've seen better acting in high school plays) and Dr. Hawass comes across as seriously needing anger management classes.
I have always had the highest respect for Dr. Hawass, as his knowledge of and love for Ancient Egypt has been apparent in any show (even this one) that he has appeared in. I also realize that many find him difficult and heavy-handed. So be it. But what could have possessed him to agree to be in this mess? Seriously, the only good parts are the all too short segments where he is actually explaining about an artifact and its significance, or else reading hieroglyphics and providing invaluable information. But these periods of sanity are far too few. If only they had spliced these lucid moments together, cutting out the silly drama and even worse acting, the History Channel might have had a worthwhile show here. But instead, they chose to create a reality show (this is NOT a documentary) that is indistinguishable from the pablum that is out there. Using archaeology as the basis for this farce is unforgivable.
I have so many unanswered questions: 1) why not have made it a straight documentary hosted by Dr. Hawass and using the many talented archeologists working in this field? Or if they wanted to go with interns, there are many REAL students from our top universities who would give their eyeteeth to work alongside Zahi. Instead they chose to use pretend scientists and terrible actors to boot, and give them a script that is meant to pander to the lowest common denominator. I could have lived my entire life without seeing the incident of Zoe "going to the bathroom" in her jeans inside the ancient chamber. Shame on the writers and shame on the History Channel.
This series should have been produced as a comedy. My 9 year old niece knows more about Ancient Egypt than these fake "fellows". This is putting Egyptian archeology into the realm of the absurd. The only reason I would purchase it is to add this show to my comedy collection. Too bad it's not Thanksgiving--this series would be the ultimate turkey.
Being an avid fan of Zahi Hawass and an amateur Egyptologist I was truly surprised at how this show makes him look in a very bad light. He has these outbursts of anger which he then takes out on these "green' fellows (Western college students) which to me all seem rather ignorant of the field they supposedly applied for. Come on - you don't tell Zahi Hawass to his face that the pyramids were built by aliens! The students come across as actors and I really wish they would revamp this series to include knowledgeable experts in the field rather than faking the entire show. The photography is good I give it that but they need to change the format ASAP if they want to keep this TV show afloat.