The CBC is proud to see the return of celebrated Canadian detective William Murdoch (Yannick Bisson) in the season 7 opener this evening.
In typical Murdoch style we see a wonderful blending of elements forming a highly enjoyable season opener, as Murdoch, Brackenreid (Thomas Craig), and Dr. Julia Ogden (Helene Joy) board the S.S. Keewatin and journey into mystery and adventure.
Taking pages from Titanic and The Poseidon Adventure, the season premiere has everything you’ve come to expect and want from a classic Murdoch episode, there is the mystery… a woman apparently leaps from the ship to her death (or does she?). There’s romance as Julia and William steal moments where they can, as well as watching the wonderful relationship between Constable George Crabtree (Jonny Harris) and Dr. Emily Grace (Georgina Reilly) continue to develop. There’s nods to future innovations, and this one had me laughing out loud (I refuse to ruin it for you!). And of course there is adventure as a series of bombs explode, crippling the ship, and leaving our beloved heroes in dire straits!
While Murdoch is out on the water, George is at the station house, seeing over the first Victoria Day, until a distraught Annie Taylor, a 63 year-old woman and the first person to go over Niagara Falls in a barrel arrives, unable to give her presentation because someone has stolen her now famous barrel.
Jonny and Georgina are perfect foils for one another, and each of their scenes has sparks. Watching the two of them in the station as more items are reported missing is a joy. If there’s ever a spinoff…
The sinking of the Keewatin allows for an amazing set piece, the submerging of one of the cargo holds as the doomed vessel takes on water on her way to the bottom. It also serves to pit Murdoch in some serious danger, and in need of rescuing!
There’s a brilliant moment towards the end of that sequence when Brackenreid is watching what is happening, and the flabbergasted look that passes over his face is simply priceless, as well as Murdoch’s dead-pan delivery of a line quickly after it…
As I sat there watching the show, I found myself hoping that we get to watch this show for a long, long time to come. It continues to be smart, family-friendly, engaging, and is beautifully Canadian.
The cast all slip so easily into their characters, bringing these beloved creations to life each week, and every time I watch an episode the same beatific grin spreads across my face. This show is sheer enjoyment. It’s no wonder that the show has garnered fans the world over, and from what I’ve seen so far of the 7th season… the CBC was kind enough to send me the first three episodes (more please!), this is going to be a fantastic season!
Murdoch Mysteries returns tonight on the CBC.
Will you be watching? Who is your favorite character?