I had played Where In The World is Carmen Sandiego? on my old computer many years ago. Although it’s very 2D and very ’80s, I found it entertaining and educational.
If I remember the game play right, I play as a rookie detective under the command of ACME (Agency to Classify & Monitor Evildoers) and my mission is to follow and catch the thieves especially the mastermind, Carmen Sandiego. I need to travel around the world based on the clues provided until I’m ready to issue a warrant. For every round, if I get a warrant of arrest right, I get promoted to the next rank.
I’ve never seen the TV game shows that’s why I’m not aware of the spin-offs like Where In Time is Carmen Sandiego?, Where on Earth… etc. etc. It was said that the other characters in the animated series like Player, Ivy, Zack, Agent Chase Devineaux, Agent Julia Argent, and the Chief came from the spin-offs.
Last January 2019, Netflix released the first season of Carmen Sandiego, an animated series. It is far different from the game because this series fleshed out Carmen’s backstory and most of all, she’s a good thief. She’s a female Robin Hood who steals priced treasures before VILE (Villains’ International League of Evil) thieves could get them.
It has 9 episodes and the first two were introduction to the main character’s backstory. Then, starting from the third episode, it features Carmen Sandiego’s adventures (with the help of Player, Ivy, and Zack) with a little touch of lessons on geography.
The series can be enjoyed by kids and adults alike. Each episode brings out a thing or two about Carmen’s past until we reach the season ender when we’ll know who really adopted her.
1 October 2019 marked the release of Season 2. It is the continuation of Carmen’s adventures together with Player, Ivy, Zack, and this time, Shadow-san, a former VILE faculty member.
If on the first season Carmen had to deal with VILE and ACME agents, this time, ACME invites Carmen to join them in pursuit of VILE. There are 10 episodes and each episode reveals a backstory of the other characters. At the end of the season, it was revealed who killed Carmen’s father.
I’m still going to rate this 5 out of 5 stars because I don’t see any flaw. In fact, I binged-watched on it upon its release. (Sorry, it took me so long to blog about it.) Here’s looking forward to Season 3 where we’re about to discover who and where Carmen’s mother is.