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Murdoch Mysteries, Season One

July 5, 2010 by · 5 Comments 


Forensic sleuthing in the age of invention Cutting-edge Victorian science meets cunningly plotted mystery in this “stylish period thriller” (The Globe and Mail). In the 1890s, Detective William Murdoch (Yannick Bisson, Sue Thomas: F.B.Eye) adopts modern techniques like “finger marks” and forensics to track Toronto’s most sinister killers. Though derided by his skeptical boss (Thomas Craig, Where the Heart Is), Murdoch finds friends and allies in a lovely pathologist (Gemini&reg-winner Hélène Joy, Durham County) and an eager-to-learn constable (Jonny Harris, Hatching, Matching & Dispatching). Along the way they cross paths with some of the era’s most famous figures, including Nikola Tesla, Arthur Conan Doyle,… More >>

Murdoch Mysteries, Season One


5 Responses to “Murdoch Mysteries, Season One”
  1. I think this is a okay. It is just a nice not great mysteries. It wasn’t what I thought. I think it was childish. I love Sherlock Holmes and Miss Marple and Inspector Alleyn and Midsommer Mysteries. This doesn’t measure up to those great English Mysteries. I will watch these and for my grandchildren when they get to a point to introduce them to mysteries this would be good one. Very simple. I will not order season two. I love the watching some of the clips that Amazon has now for DVD and wish to see more of that. I should of looked at the clip. For a newbie to murder mysteries this would be great.
    Rating: 4 / 5

  2. Alatheia says:

    Imposing 21st Century politically correctness on a supposed 19th Century world ruins the series. It is not entirely certain whether the series intends to belittle the mentality (and faith) of everyone or just Canadians. Though the series tries to be forensically scientific, it more nearly resembles fantasy with frequent anachronisms, fallacious logic, and impossible situations. The quality is good (2 stars) but the content insults the intelligence (one star). The second disk gets positively preachy.
    Rating: 2 / 5

  3. E. A Solinas says:

    Most police procedurals are very, very modern-day. “Murdoch Mysteries, Season One” breaks the mold by jumping back in time to late 19th-century Toronto, and featuring a detective who used the scientific breakthroughs of the day. It’s a fun, clever series overlaid with dark themes, and the only problem is a tendency to be too politically correct.

    Detective William Murdoch (Yannick Bisson) and pathologist Doctor Julia Ogden (Hélène Joy) are watching an electrical demonstration when a young woman is killed — and they soon discover it was murder. And when another person dies by electrocution, Murdoch has to unravel a tangle of motives with the help of Nicola Tesla.

    It’s not Murdoch’s last weird case — a serial killer thought to be dead, a black boxer shot in the heart, a spiritualist who leads him to a dead body, a murdered groom with a secret gay life, a murder seemingly committed by Murdoch’s father, a corpse hidden in a theater ceiling, romance and hazing at the rowing club, a creepy ventriloquist who may have committed murder, Irish rebels, an adoptive father murdered for a horrible crime, a killer in a Grim Reaper costume, and a possible Martian invasion.

    It’s not really steampunk, but “Murdoch Mysteries” has a very steampunky flavor — it includes some historical people (Nicola Tesla, Arthur Conan Doyle) and period technology (early motorcycles, airships, forensic equipment). It’s as if you had gone back in time to 1890s Toronto, and then created a police-procedural.

    The mysteries are very well-written, with lots of suspects, motives and sometimes weird methods of committing the crime (how did a man end up hung in a tree when nobody could come near the tree?); the only difficulty was “Belly-Speaker,” whose ending is just befuddling. And it’s lovely to look at: lots of beautiful Victorian houses, lush hotels, pleasant Canadian countrysides and a sunlit Toronto that looks very pleasant on the outside.

    The biggest problem with the series is that the writers squirm at the attitudes of the time — racism and anti-Catholic prejudice are only lightly touched on, and only Brackenreid is anything but tolerant of gays. It feels very anachronistic.

    Bisson plays Murdoch as a rather uptight, conflicted man with lots of repressed emotions, and whose powers of deduction are rooted in his logical mind and photographic memory. Thomas Craig is quite fun as the blunt, raucous inspector who prefers old-fashioned detecting, while Joy and Jonny Harris make likable sidekicks for Murdoch.

    “Murdoch Murders Season One” suffers from some anachronisms, but it’s still a thoroughly enjoyable, clever period series — think a Canadian CSI mingled with a steampunk murder mystery.
    Rating: 4 / 5

  4. Anna Schorno says:

    This is a wonderful entertaining, historical mystery series that has humor as well as a good story line. There are 3 stories on each CD and they are very delightful. I love the history behind it and it all so very entertaining. The lighting is so good – not like other time stories that are dark and dreary. I just love them. Can’t wait for season 2 to come out.
    Rating: 5 / 5

  5. Murdoch mystries Season one is not enough we need season two. One of the best I have ever viewed.
    Rating: 5 / 5

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