In the wake of all of the hype surrounding the 3 part series of DTBH episodes currently airing on A&E, we have decided to conduct a brief review to determine if the series is living up to expectations. The series starts with a straightforward premise: arrest Marco Padilla. When the initial attempt is unsuccessful, the Chapmans begin digging into Padilla’s family and friends, and the hunt spirals into a quagmire of identity theft and other fugitives who may or may not have useful information. Each lead the Chapmans obtain opens up multiple avenues of investigation, and their search ends up expanding in difficulty beyond any hunt previously aired.
What makes this series unique is how complicated the search becomes and how much the Chapmans’ entire skill set is tested. There is much more action in this series than in most of the previous episodes. In addition, there is increased participation from local law enforcement, the legal system, and local media. Prior to this series, the show was becoming stagnant. Each hunt was predictable and the show was repetitive. This series is much more involved and detailed, and helps inject new life into DTBH. We are aware that as of today, Marco Padilla remains at large. Interestingly, this does not seem to detract from the series. It is still intriguing to follow the Chapmans working a more difficult hunt than their usual fare. We look forward to seeing the concluding episode on Wednesday.