Da Vinci's Inquest - Complete First Season
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The crackling Canadian police procedural Da Vinci's Inquest combines the best elements of popular U.S. police procedurals like CSI, Crossing Jordan, and Law & Order--with a little throwback to Quincy for good measure. What makes Da Vinci's Inquest so compelling is the performance of lead actor Nicholas Campbell, a cop turned coroner who tells anyone who'll listen, and lots of people who won't, that his job is to represent and look after the dead. Season 1, which debuted in 1998, follows Campbell's Dominic Da Vinci through the gritty side of Vancouver, navigating serial murders as well as extreme dysfunction in his own life. The focus on Da Vinci's personal life--his tumbles off the wagon, the torture of his ex-wife's involvement with a colleague--gives the series more heart than most blood-and-guts crime series. The show and Campbell have won several Gemini Awards (the Canadian Emmys) for the nuance and intellect that keep viewers engaged, even as they sense ominous turns of events about to unfold. Mystery fans can't ask for more.
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My only issue is with the dvds (product of Canada). Apparently, part one of episode 11, 'Final Chapter' was omitted from my Season One set, but not part two. Has anyone else experienced this problem?
Anyway, I've already ordered Season Two of Da Vinci. On a side note, a new program called 'Intelligence' featuring Da Vinci alum Ian Tracey, is now available on dvd. I hope you will check it out.
Loved it so much that I ordered the second series soon after viewing this first group. Can't wait to order additional seasons if they are offered!
I place this as the second-best "cop" show ever, second only to the early years of the great, late, lamented "Homicide: Life on the Streets" US show of the early 1990s, which "DaVinci" echoes in many ways.
Yet, DaVinci is thunderously human, an alkie who still drinks, a man with a broken marriage who has to work daily with his angry ex-wife and who has a beloved teenage daughter with whom he doesn't always connect.
One important thing is that the stories always place work first - the personal lives of the characters are shown, but they never take over the storyline -- no "jumping the shark." A truly great ensemble cast backs up Nicholas Evans, the seemingly inexhaustible actor who plays Dominic.
This all sounds highly melodramatic but the tv show is presented in a low-key, business-like manner. I was seriously hooked after watching only a few shows and I have yet to be disappointed.