...is Tom Cavanaugh. His constant "look at me, look at me" silliness detracts greatly from what could be a very interesting series. It needs a whole lot more content and a whole lot less Tom. Honestly, how many times can he mug for the camera, run into trees, trip, etc before somebody, somewhere goes, "Uh, Tom, you wanna knock it off. Yes, you have cute dimples and you can be fairly appealing, but STOP!"? His constant (Yeah, I know I used the word "constant" before, but it is what it is) interuption of the experts at the Smithsonian with stupid remarks, the camera minutes wasted with his antics just ruined the whole series for me.
I like the whole idea of going back into the inner workings of the Smithsonian and see the incredible amount of items they have stored. Information like the different buidings, the shear size of the place, and focusing on various items is interesting, which is the reason I bought the thing to start with.
He's in both the first and second series, unfortunately. Were I the one in charge I would have gotten someone like Leonard Nimoy to do the next one. Regardlyss, I won't be getting STORIES FROM THE VAULTS II, even though I love stuff like this, simply because Cavanaugh is the "host" - and I use the word with tongue in cheek.
Seriously, pass this one by and get Nova's THE VIKINGS instead. More content, less stupidity.