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Dan Brown's The Lost Symbol (10 episode series?) is scheduled to premiere on September 16, 2021 on Peacock, with new episodes appearing weekly.

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This is a protrayal of Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon, played by Tom Hanks, seen in movies like The Da Vinci Code, Angels and Demons, and Inferno.

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Robert Langdon has appeared in five Dan Brown novels: Angels & Demons (2000), The Da Vinci Code (2003), The Lost Symbol (2009), Inferno (2013), and Origin (2017). A sixth book is currently being written.
 
The Lost Symbol was the third Robert Langdon book, but The Lost Symbol TV series is a more of a prequel to the movie series, with a younger actor than Tom Hanks taking on the role of Langdon revealing his origin story, while still following the premise of The Lost Symbol book.

Langdon is hired by the CIA to solves a series of deadly puzzles to save Peter Solomon, his kidnapped mentor and thwart a chilling global conspiracy.

Dan Brown (author of the series), Ron Howard (directed all three of the Robert Langdon movies), Dan Trachtenberg and Bryan Grazer are executive producers.

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Robert Langdon is played by Ashley Zuckerman.

Eddie Izzard plays Langdon's mentor, Peter Solomon, the Director of the Smithsonian and an influential mover and shaker in Washington, D.C. 

Valorie Curry plays Katherine Solomon, Peter's daughter/love interest, who is a scientist who studies how consciousness can affect the physical world. (Katherine Solomon was Peter's sister in the novel.)

Laura de Carteret plays Isabel.  

Keenan Jolliff plays Zachary Solomon.

Beau Knapp portrays the main villain, Mal'akh. 

Sumalee Montano is Sato, the director of the CIA's Office of Security (OS). 

Rick Gonzalez is a Capitol policeman, Nunez. 

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Other people in the cast include Raoul Bhaneja, Nicki Burke, Gabriel Davenport, Alison Mackay, Ellie Moon, Patrick Ronan, Sammi Rotibi, Gia Sandhu, Geoff Scovell, and Simon Webster.

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The Lost Symbol - S01.E01: As Above, So Below

Promising young Harvard professor Robert Langdon finds himself pulled into a complex mystery when his former mentor, Peter Solomon, is kidnapped. Armed with knowledge of history, symbols, and dead languages, Langdon must work together with Peter's daughter and other allies to find the Lost Symbol... or lose the man they both see as a father.

Air Date: Sept. 16, 2021

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The Lost Symbol: S01.E01: As Above, So Below

Promising young Harvard professor Robert Langdon finds himself pulled into a complex mystery when his former mentor, Peter Solomon, is kidnapped. Armed with knowledge of history, symbols, and dead languages, Langdon must work together with Peter's daughter and other allies to find the Lost Symbol... or lose the man they both see as a father.

Air Date: Sept. 16, 2021 on Peacock

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The Lost Symbol: S01.E01: As Above, So Below

I liked it, they could have slowed down a little and given us more of a cultural, historical, monumental, and philosophical lecture/tour of the thought processes that they are using to decipher the puzzles. This is a TV show so they can spend a lot more time "explaining the rationale" of their choices, since that is "the hook" they are using to distinguish themselves from other shows and draw in their target audience. There is no need to rush pass all the great statues, artwork, iconography, and architecture that is layered with multiple meaning when viewed through different lenses. This should have been a a show that gives us a feast of knowledge and visually stunning artwork and locations, but instead rushes through what I think are the raison d'etre for the show's existence because they added a ticking "human life" clock which gives the show a rushed, panicky, feel which causes conflict with the intellectual portions of the show. It would have been better not to show the professor's state since it creates the feeling of "go faster", when you really want the show to "slow down" and "show your work". 

The worst part of the episode was the Thanksgiving Dinner, instead of making me think they were having a spirited intellectual discussion amongst the greatest thinkers of our society, I felt it was a group of pompous people set in their ways, bored with being there, belittling each others views and opinions. It did not endear me to anyone gathered at the table, but it did make me wonder what happened to Professor Solomon's wife.

The show doesn't give you any leeway to speculate where the story might lead you, you just have to accept being lead by the nose to your next destination. The only thing I know for sure is that Katherine Solomon's "pseudoscience studies" is going to be extremely important in solving this mystery.

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I enjoyed it to a point. the thought the actor playing Langdon was very good but I'm not in desperate need to know what happens next or incredibly taken with the world they've created. I think they should have released 3 episodes to begin with (which seems standard practice for most streaming services for a new series even if they're showing it week to week) to help get people deeper into the mystery and the world. As it stands I have no emotional connection. It might be that I find Eddie Izzard really annoying so I'm not that concerned whether or not he gets saved.

I think setting it in current time as well lowers some of the jeopardy, if they had set it in the 80's when the character would have been a young professor, it would have been pre ubiquitous mobile phones and theres an added tension and danger from not being contactable constantly and not having a computer in your pocket.

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The Lost Symbol: S01.E02: The Araf

Reeling from the day’s events, Langdon and Katherine get help and shelter from an old friend while they attempt to decipher the most recent clue. Meanwhile, amidst visions of his past, Peter attempts an escape.

Air Date: Sept. 23, 2021 on Peacock

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