Da Vinci's Inquest - Season 2
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'I'm not a doctor. I don't pretend to be. My job is to prevent death.'
That's how Dominic Da Vinci sums up his job as the controversial coroner for the city of Vancouver. He relies on the expert findings of criminologists, pathologists, and police - and his own hard-nosed inquiries - to ferret out the truth behind suspicious deaths. Along the way, he makes plenty of enemies.
Combining the intricate realism of Law & Order with the high-tech forensics of CSI, Da Vinci's Inquest has a social and moral resonance that makes it truly unique. In this complete second season, you ll see why Da Vinci's Inquest has earned international acclaim and devoted fans.
DVD SPECIAL FEATURES INCLUDE interview with series creator Chris Haddock, photo gallery, Chris Haddock bio, and cast filmographies.
Case in point: The episode called "Blues in A Minor." The story revolves around the body found in its first scene--that of a young boy found washed up on the rocks underneath the Second Narrows Bridge in Vancouver. Instantly this feels different from an American cop show. The boy's body is splayed horribly--realistically--on the rocks as the tide laps around it. There's no unnecessary gore, but the realism grabs the viewer viscerally. There's also another case unfolding at the same time, just like in real life--having nothing to do with the original case, but calling for attention just the same. Our hero, Campbell's Da Vinci, is scattered between the two cases, though it's the first that eats at him, as he follows well-meaning but mistaken leads and finally homes in on the horrible truth that led to the boy's death.
Da Vinci's Inquest feels as untidy as real life, and at the same time manages to be a valentine to the lovely, but quietly violent, city in which it's set. This Vancouver is gorgeous, but not romantic; the hard-scrabble folks who settled here at the edge of the continent breed their own type of malaise. And thankfully, Da Vinci is there to battle it. Extras in the boxed set include an interview with series creator Chris Haddock, a bio of Haddock, a photo gallery, and cast filmographies. --A.T. Hurley
Top Customer Reviews
Strong characters supported by excellent actors, fascinating stories, competent direction.
What is amazing is the overall coherence of the sum of those parts : this show clearly has its own personnality, this is not the average crime drama but an unique work of art.
Season 2's episode of "Sister's Light" will break your heart and is flawless, as are most of the episodes. In the first season, the writing had Leo (Donnelly Rhodes) as an irritating grump, but by the second season, they figured out what to do with him and his gruff humor, sadness of a husband with a wife losing her mind - fit the character beautifully.You know when he comes on the screen he will either make you laugh or break your heart.
Wish I knew how to reach the team that put this series together and ask them why they don't just put the entire set on sale? I didn't find this series until just before it was shot down by CBC, so was at the mercy of the commercials/reruns until the first two seasons came available on DVD.
I'd like to comment on CBC and their treatment of this team, as evidenced by what they are currently doing to "Intelligence", but that's another show and a separate issue.Read more ›
The show is set in Vancouver, BC, and we see a side of this tourist city, one would never expect. DaVinci is a coroner who is passionate, liberal and forceful and although he appears to be outside the good ole boy network, he uses it when needed.
The show is old and started in the late 90s and went on for eight seasons, but for some reason only seasons 1-3 are available.
The main characters are diverse and good looking and are Indian, Hispanic, black and white. And the bad guys are not always minorities, so it's pretty inclusive. I can watch an entire season in two days - by just sitting in front the of the tv. Can't get enough and wish they make available seasons 4-8 soon.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I have season 1 and 2 - both are fantastic. Very noir including music. Wish remaining season was not so expensive. Read morePublished 2 months ago by drcg
I ordered all three seasons of DaVinci's Inquest. I only wish there were more seasons.Published 4 months ago by Mary C.
Top notch show from Canada. Acting is great and premise is refreshing. It shows the sometimes seedy underside of one the most beautiful cities in the world. Read morePublished 7 months ago by rpageio
Love, love, love this series, just wish it would go on forever. The characters are real, situations believable! Read morePublished 8 months ago by Allison
I have loved this show from the time I first discovered it on American television. The shows aren't neatly wrapped up in 60 minutes, it makes you think.Published 8 months ago by Mystery lover
I love this show but don't understand why all the episodes aren't available. I've spent hours trying to find them but it's impossiblePublished 19 months ago by Mary Hirsch-jones