National Treasure: Edge of History First Two Episodes Recap & Plot Explained

National Treasure (2004) and National Treasure 2: Book of Secrets (2007), both directed by Jon Turteltaub, are excellent instances of entertaining and compelling blockbusters. They received conflicting reviews from reviewers, but they did well at the box office. The third installment of the “National Treasure” trilogy, however, has been stuck in development hell for years despite this. Instead, we get the Disney+ series “National Treasure: Edge of History,” written by the films’ screenwriters Cormac and Marianne Wibberley.

Episodes 1 and 2 of “National Treasure: Edge of History,” titled “I’m a Ghost” and “The Treasure Map,” introduce us to the main character, a young woman of Hispanic descent named Jess Valenzuela (Lisette Alexis), and her pals. Jess learns about a family mystery and how it relates to the fabled Montezuma treasure of the Aztec Empire. Here is all the information you require on the conclusion of episode 2 of “National Treasure: Edge of History.” Spoilers follow.

National Treasure: Edge of History Episodes 1 and 2 Recap

The first episode has Harvey Keitel’s character from the movie, FBI special agent and Grand Master of the Freemasons Peter Sadusky, discussing the Montezuma treasure with someone—likely his grandson Liam. During the conquistador Hernán Cortés’ assault on the Aztec Empire, some native women stole the riches, which had been stashed away in neighboring civilizations for ages. Following that, the ladies of the Inca, Aztec, and Mayan cultures concealed its places in three artifacts.

Until Rafael Valenzuela discovered the Aztec relic in a chapel in Mexico City, these artifacts had been lost to the passage of time. He presumably collaborates with Salazar, and he makes the choice to betray him. Rafael appears to have died in the end, but his wife and young daughter, Jess, manage to flee. Rafael gives his daughter his Aztec sun necklace as a parting present.

In twenty-one years, Jess has grown up and is now a resident of Baton Rouge, Louisiana. She is a DREAMer who is sharp-witted, clever, and has a knack for puzzles. She needs to obtain American citizenship before she can join the FBI’s cryptanalysis branch. In addition to the difficulties associated with trying to locate a long-lost Pan-American treasure, Jess and her pals Tasha (Zuri Reed), Oren (Antonio Cipriano), and Ethan (Jordan Rodrigues) face regular difficulties, such as high rent and a lousy boss.

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Jess works at a storage facility where she is entrusted with locating the tenant of a unit who rented under the name “Iam Phasma” since the rent is past due and her boss intends to sell the contents of the unit if the payment is not paid. When Jess realizes that “I am Phasma” is actually a code for “I am Ghost,” she locates the tenant, who just so happens to be Peter Sadusky.

Sadusky’s years have not been good to him. He lost contact with Liam (Jake Austin Walker) after the death of his son, who blamed Sadusky for the murder of his father. Sadusky lost his FBI job and suffered from severe dementia. Even yet, when Jess runs into him, he recognizes her necklace and hands her a letter for his grandchild. Later, Jess learns that Sadusky has passed away. When she and Tasha open the package with the intention of giving it to Liam, their curiosity wins out, and they discover a picture and a dying man’s final words to his grandson inside. Liam is found by Jess in the bar where he performs, but he rejects the letter and its contents. Even though his grandfather has passed away, his bitterness toward him still exists.

Jess and Tasha locate the Aztec artifact in the Freemason headquarters by using the photo as a hint. The vicious treasure hunter Billie Pearce (Catherine Zeta-Jones), who becomes interested in Jess and her companions, kidnaps Oren to force Jess to hand over the artifact. Jess agrees, but she manages to open the artifact first and snap photos of the map engraved on it.

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National Treasure: Edge of History Episode 2 Ending: How Does Peter Sadusky Die?

Agent Ross (Lyndon Smith), the new FBI agent Jess and Tasha met when they tried unsuccessfully to report Oren’s kidnapping, questions whether foul play was involved even though the official report states that Sadusky died in his sleep. Her supervisor cautions her against doing so and urges her to accord the deceased some kind of honor, although Sadusky’s death was actually brought about under dubious circumstances.

We are aware that Billie was keeping an eye on Sadusky, which is how she learned that Jess had visited the man. It is not impossible that Billie employed Miles, Sadusky’s professional carer, and utilized him to get rid of the former FBI agent. Even if she didn’t, she would still be able to kill Sadusky and make it look like he passed away peacefully. The fact that Billie’s lackeys threaten to kill Oren on her orders shows that she has the ability and willingness to kill a man.

Why is the name of Jess’ mother on the unpublished academic paper about the treasure?

We don’t learn a lot about the Sadusky family in the movies. They can be just as fixated on the past and treasure as the Gates, it turns out. Due to that preoccupation, Liam lost his father and grew to despise his grandfather. He can’t help but object when his mother argues that his father wasted his life. This is also how he and Jess are related; Jess has always thought Rafael was a thief. Her mother, Manuela, who died approximately a year before the show debuted, told her lies perhaps to protect her from Rafael’s foes.

Liam leads her to the hidden space where his father and grandfather kept all of the items they discovered while looking for the hidden wealth. Liam demonstrates to Jess the unpublished study from Mexico that sparked the quest. The author is Manuela. It appears that she and Rafael learned about the artifacts, and Rafael collaborated with Salazar and his group to locate them. Rafael was a spy, most likely working for the Freemasons, according to Sadusky’s narration. This suggests that Sadusky or his son, who transported Manuela and Jess to the US and made sure of their safety, is the most likely owner of the name and contact information Rafael gives Manuela before they part ways.

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