As a kid, I used to watch Unsolved Mysteries (1987) when it was on TV, since it was exciting and scary to hear (allegedly true) stories about UFOs and ghosts. I always wished something like that would be broadcast on Croatian television. Finally, in 2002, something like that was approved by Bozidar Domagoj Buric. The result was Na rubu znanosti (On the verge of science), which was something unbelievably refreshing back in those days when only boring political or music shows were on TV. Staying sometimes late until night to watch it on TV was exciting, because you never knew what the next topic would be, ranging from UFOs, ghosts, up to unusual scientific views on energy, the nature of universe and our society.
The appeal of the show originates from two sources: one is the great host, Kresimir Misak, who is refreshingly relaxed and 'cool', often adding even a few humorous observations, but never belittling the theme in question. The other is that the themes are presented in the form of a serious talk-show, where one or two guests would often give quite strong arguments for the theme, which means that it appeals to an audience with an attention span longer than a minute. The guests would talk and give food for thought, and they would be very articulated at it. Some say that anyone could have qualified to be guest on the show, but that is definitely not so: with the exception of only two or three cases (when the host himself subtly expressed his discomfort with them), the guests were up to the case and would often include educated people with a masters degree (Ilija Rkman, Ivan Simatovic, Bozidar Kemic) and even celebrities known worldwide (Edgar Mitchell, David Icke and others). That is truly a great achievement for a show that runs for 10 years.
If you enjoy an alternative view on the world, this show will not disappoint. A few newer episodes experience a lack of energy here and there, but that is normal for a show that runs for ten years, especially since it is still able to produce a few juicy discussions. Having met Misak once in person, I can confirm that he is a one of a kind, a person who is engaged in exploring our world and addressing some troubles we are all experiencing, and which are sadly ignored by other media (for instance, where does the current financial crisis originate from? What happened to the swine flu?). With a few minor flaws, this is an original and refreshing show, and you have to watch it with an open mind.
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