A slew of shows will be leaving the airwaves in 2022, with devoted fans having to say their goodbyes to “Bull,” ”Black-ish,” “The Crown,” “Ozark” and “Dan Brown’s The Lost Symbol.” The cancelation of the latter, which was just announced this week, didn’t come as a surprise. Eagerly anticipated, the Peacock series never really became a crowd favorite. Though the first few episodes made for an intriguing watch, things quickly went downhill from there and the ten-hour journey to get to the end proved tedious and slow, with audiences largely tapping out. As an Entertainment Weekly commenter stated of the show’s recent axing, “Condolences to both viewers.”
Based on Dan Brown’s 2009 novel “The Lost Symbol,” the tale was reworked for the small screen to serve as the origin story of symbologist Robert Langdon (Ashley Zukerman), who figures at the center of the best-selling author’s popular “The Da Vinci Code” franchise. The storyline otherwise follows the same basic premise as the book, with a young Langdon called in to help locate his mentor, Peter Solomon (Eddie Izzard), who has been kidnapped by an evil zealot intent on learning the heavily-guarded secrets of the Freemasons.
The show’s main blunder, in my opinion, at least (its thoroughly anti-climactic and unsatisfying conclusion notwithstanding), is the fact that while set in Washington, D.C., filming very obviously did not take place there. The production instead utilized CGI to transform Ontario, Canada and its environs into a not-so-convincing replacement.
One spot did stand out as a believable D.C.-area locale, however. Featuring a Classic Revival/Georgian façade with Corinthian columns, green tiled roof and immaculate surrounding gardens, the massive estate belonging to Peter and his family looks like it was plucked right out of an upscale Maryland or Virginia suburb. In truth, though, the property can be found about 40 miles northeast of Toronto at 270 Simcoe St. N. in the city of Oshawa.