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A GREAT SERIES,
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This review is from: Murdoch Mysteries: Season 2 (DVD)
The best explanation I've heard for this show is CSI: Steampunk. It is a mystery series with an earnest detective and his cohorts set in Victorian era Toronto. Certainly William Murdoch is as convoluted and troubled a character as Gil Grissom ever was and we follow him as he uses his particular genius to solve crimes with what is cutting edge science in his time. Some of the history and science is fuzzy around the edges, but not so that it would put an average viewer off the show. I am particularly sensitive to "magic bullet" solutions and I admire the show for keeping a check on the "ahead of his time" genius of Murdoch for the most part. As a forensic science series it is unique, in that it doesn't present us with any new ideas. Instead, it offers historic perspectives on the discovery or use of modern methods. I have found myself cringing as, for example, Dr. Ogden uses a perfectly acceptable method in her time that we now know as pure poison. Or grinning as Murdoch dismisses as outlandish some concept we modern folk accept as commonplace.
This is also a show that does Unresolved Sexual Tension (UST) right! At least, so far, it doesn't overwork the idea of UST to the point where the viewer is encouraged to go watch something else. Detective Murdoch has a romantic interest in the police pathologist, Dr. Julia Ogden, however, they face the many very real restrictions of their time. And William Murdoch's religion (he is Catholic) features prominently in the show, as it colors his views on romance. These real obstacles are fascinating to explore and make for a very refreshing change from the manufactured obstacles that are used to create UST in so many television series today. Here there is relationship dysfunction, but it is believable. So far, it has not been taken to the infantile extreme of shows like Bones, to name just one example. I do have hope that Murdoch and Ogden can work through their differences to a happy resolution. Of course, it is only S2 and if the show runs 7 seasons, I would imagine they too might run out of plausible denials just like every other show does.
Still, we must enjoy the show while it is great. And this season...is great.