Your Garage Summer Reading Amazon Fashion Learn more nav_sap_plcc_ascpsc Songs of Summer Explore Premium Audio Fire TV Stick Sun Care Patriotic Picks Shop-by-Room Amazon Cash Back Offer AnnedroidsS3 AnnedroidsS3 AnnedroidsS3  Amazon Echo  Echo Dot  Amazon Tap  Echo Dot  Amazon Tap  Amazon Echo Introducing new colors All-New Kindle Oasis UniOrlando Best Camping & Hiking Gear in Outdoors STEM
Customer Review

12 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Ingenious, Quick-Moving, Complex Mysteries, June 4, 2009
This review is from: Murdoch Mysteries, Season One (DVD)
I'm going to call "Murdoch Mysteries Season One" a British mystery, although it's set in Canada and uses Canadian actors, because it appears to have been jointly produced by ITV Global Entertainment, and Granada International, two companies surely at least artistically headquartered in Great Britain. The stylish, contemporary television series, a costumed historical police procedural, is set in the Toronto of the 1890's, and features "cutting edge Victorian science." The boxed set at hand consists of four DVD's comprising 13 episodes, approximately 598 minutes, of the series that debuted in Canada in January, 2008. And, all praises to Acorn Media, subtitles, in addition to the usual extra features, interviews and such. It is now available to U.S. audiences for the first time.

"Murdoch" is based on characters from the detective novels of Maureen Jennings: the first published, in 1997, Except the Dying; to be followed by six more in the series. Jennings is creative consultant on the TV series that aims to give us a look at the dawn of forensic sleuthing. It was nominated for 14 Geminis in 2008, including Best Dramatic Series, Best Achievement in Casting, and Best Writing.

It centers on Detective William Murdoch (Yannick Bisson,Sue Thomas: F.B.Eye (2002 TVseries)), who adopts modern forensic techniques such as "finger marks," and blood spatter analyses, and an early lie detector. His skeptical, old-school boss Inspector Brackenreid (Thomas Craig,Where the Heart Is); gung-ho protégé Constable George Crabtree (Jonny Harris, "Hatching, Matching & Dispatching"); and comely pathologist Dr. Julia Ogden (Helene Joy, "Durham County") aid and abet his efforts. Most of the plots are ingenious, quick-moving, and reasonably original/complex for their length; some do generate emotional power. Some ingenuity has also been invested in bringing a few celebrities of the age to Toronto: famed British mystery author Arthur Conan Doyle; Nikola Tesla, who helped invent electricity and a bunch of other modern gizmos, too; and Price Alfred, son of England's awesome Queen Victoria. The series is nicely filmed, and its makers haven't stinted on its budget, plenty of people and vehicles in the street and the station.

The episodes are: (1) Power; (2) The Glass Ceiling; (3) The Knockdown; (4) Elementary, My Dear Murdoch; (5) Till Death Do Us Part; (6) Let Loose the Dogs; (7) Body Double; (8) Still Waters; (9) Belly Speaker; (10) Child's Play; (11) Bad Medicine; (12) The Rebel and The Prince;(13) The Annoying Red Planet.

Unfortunately, aside from Craig as Inspector Brackenreid, the actors don't look or sound Victorian, and Bisson, who plays the title character, is handsome enough, but rather wooden. There are also some anomalies. In one episode, we see, in an upper crust home, a print of a world-famous Picasso over the fireplace, in the spot where the household's best picture is generally hung. Picasso, however, was born in 1881 and had painted neither this famed "rose period" portrait, nor anything else, by the 1890's. Nor did the bourgeoisie even start buying his work before the late 1920's. Furthermore, surely in the 1890's, and even now, a house-proud woman of any means does not hang a reproduction in the living room, let alone over the fireplace.

Never mind: the Toronto "Globe and Mail" has called this series "smart, fast-paced fun." That it is.
Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No

Be the first person to comment on this review.

[Add comment]
Post a comment
To insert a product link use the format: [[ASIN:ASIN product-title]] (What's this?)
Amazon will display this name with all your submissions, including reviews and discussion posts. (Learn more)
Name:
Badge:
This badge will be assigned to you and will appear along with your name.
There was an error. Please try again.
Please see the full guidelines here.

Official Comment

As a representative of this product you can post one Official Comment on this review. It will appear immediately below the review wherever it is displayed.   Learn more
The following name and badge will be shown with this comment:
 (edit name)
After clicking the Post button you will be asked to create your public name, which will be shown with all your contributions.

Is this your product?

If you are the author, artist, manufacturer or an official representative of this product, you can post an Official Comment on this review. It will appear immediately below the review wherever it is displayed.  Learn more
Otherwise, you can still post a regular comment on this review.

Is this your product?

If you are the author, artist, manufacturer or an official representative of this product, you can post an Official Comment on this review. It will appear immediately below the review wherever it is displayed.   Learn more
 
System timed out

We were unable to verify whether you represent the product. Please try again later, or retry now. Otherwise you can post a regular comment.

Since you previously posted an Official Comment, this comment will appear in the comment section below. You also have the option to edit your Official Comment.   Learn more
The maximum number of Official Comments have been posted. This comment will appear in the comment section below.   Learn more
Prompts for sign-in
  [Cancel]


Review Details