History Series / MurdochMysteries

31st Jul '17 6:08:22 PM WaterBlap
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* NudistResort: The episode "Murdoch Au Naturel" revolves around a skeleton discovered at the edge of a naturist colony. During the investigation, Constable Crabtree is sent undercover (sans any cover) into the colony to get information on the victim and possible suspects. Murdoch is also astonished to discover his Love Interest, Julia, is there as well. She finds the naturist life liberating, particularly since it means she doesn't have to wear a corset.
30th Jul '17 10:04:15 PM omega05
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* FunnyBackgroundEvent: George has a small freakout in the back of Murdoch's lab when he hears Emily reveal to Murdoch that she was Lillian Moss' lover in ''Double Life''.

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* FunnyBackgroundEvent: George has a small freakout in the back of Murdoch's lab when he hears Emily reveal to Murdoch that she was Lillian Moss' lover in ''Double Life''."Double Life".
30th Jul '17 10:03:12 PM omega05
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* FunnyBackgroundEvent: George has a small freakout in the back of Murdoch's lab when he hears Emily reveal to Murdoch that she was Lillian Moss' lover in ''Double Life''.
14th Jul '17 12:07:14 PM StFan
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* MeaningfulName: In the episode Bloodlust students of a girl boarding school have gone to meet a mysterious man in a nearby cemetery and have woken up in a crypt with puncture wounds on their necks and having lost blood. When Murdoch visits the crypt the markers on the walls bear the family name Tepes. Vlad Tepes was also known as Vlad Dracula and inspired Bram Stoker.

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* MeaningfulName: In the episode Bloodlust "Bloodlust", students of a girl boarding school have gone to meet a mysterious man in a nearby cemetery and have woken up in a crypt with puncture wounds on their necks and having lost blood. When Murdoch visits the crypt the markers on the walls bear the family name Tepes. Vlad Tepes was also known as Vlad Dracula and inspired Bram Stoker.
14th Jul '17 9:44:03 AM kannonfodder
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*MeaningfulName: In the episode Bloodlust students of a girl boarding school have gone to meet a mysterious man in a nearby cemetery and have woken up in a crypt with puncture wounds on their necks and having lost blood. When Murdoch visits the crypt the markers on the walls bear the family name Tepes. Vlad Tepes was also known as Vlad Dracula and inspired Bram Stoker.
13th Jul '17 11:56:17 AM LavonPapillon1
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* NudistResort: The episode "Murdoch Au Naturel" revolves around a skeleton discovered at the edge of a naturist colony. During the investigation, Constable Crabtree is sent undercover (sans any cover) into the colony to get information on the victim and possible suspects. Murdoch is also astonished to discover his Love Interest, Julia, is there as well. She finds the naturist life liberating, particularly since it means she doesn't have to wear a corset.
25th Jun '17 11:32:01 PM creader
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* BigDamnKiss

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* BigDamnKissBigDamnKiss:



* CaliforniaDoubling: Set in Toronto but filmed in Cambridge and other smaller downtowns across Ontario as none of the streets of modern Toronto looks like 1890s Toronto. Averted in "Ghosts of Queen's Park", which did indeed film inside the Ontario Legislative Building at Queen's Park.



* ValuesDissonance: All over the place due to the setting, as the series largely averts PoliticallyCorrectHistory:
** Casual racism towards blacks, Jews, the Irish, Chinese, etc., a sharp divide between social classes, sexism, the treatment of homosexuals, and religious intolerance are openly on display. More progressive characters do call attention to the unfairness of it, but other characters are allowed their prejudices without losing sympathy, and these attitudes are presented as simply how the world is.
** Heroin, opium, cocaine, and other drugs are all used medicinally with nary a blink.
** Eugenics is still considered a serious science, despite having been discredited. What makes it this as well of ScienceMarchesOn is its close ties to concepts of racial and class superiority; one murder was committed by a man whose fiancée's father disapproved of their marriage because of his "lesser" pedigree. [[spoiler:Ironically, the victim reconsidered and was even going to leave the Eugenics Society.]]
26th May '17 5:59:00 AM StFan
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*** [[spoiler:But ultimately revealed to be a mislead; he did survive, but with a badly deformed face. His campaign of revenge leads to him being [[KilledOffForReal hanged with Murdoch and Ogden watching]].]]



** Season 10 ended with [[spoiler:Murdoch in jail for murder and having to clear his own name amid corrupt police officials]]

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** Season 10 ended ends with [[spoiler:Murdoch in jail for murder and having to clear his own name amid corrupt police officials]]officials]].



** In the season ender in season 10, [[spoiler: it Murdoch's turn again, but he is being set up by crooked city police officials; the fate of Murdoch and several other cast members is left ambiguous at episode's end.]]

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** In the season ender in finale of season 10, [[spoiler: it [[spoiler:it's Murdoch's turn again, but he is being set up by crooked city police officials; the fate of Murdoch and several other cast members is left ambiguous at episode's end.]]



* StockFootage: many establishing shots in the early seasons made use of photos in the Toronto Archives, often with carriages or pedestrians animated. A particularly noteworthy example is the second part of "Great Balls of Fire", the two-episode opener to season 10, which briefly faded from colour to black and white in order to use film footage of the 1904 Great fire of Toronto.

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* StockFootage: many Many establishing shots in the early seasons made use of photos in the Toronto Archives, often with carriages or pedestrians animated. A particularly noteworthy example is the second part of "Great Balls of Fire", the two-episode opener to season 10, which briefly faded from colour color to black and white in order to use film footage of the 1904 Great fire of Toronto.



* TitleDrop: Both for the series and episode's titles in "The Filmed Adventures of Detective William Murdoch". Crabtree comments that aforementioned title for the movie-whithin-a-show is too much of a mouthful, and suggests "''Murdoch Mysteries''" instead.

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Both for the series and episode's titles in "The Filmed Adventures of Detective William Murdoch". Crabtree comments that aforementioned title for the movie-whithin-a-show is too much of a mouthful, and suggests "''Murdoch Mysteries''" instead.
25th May '17 10:23:34 PM danlansdowne
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** Season 10 ended with [[spoiler:Murdoch in jail for murder and having to clear his own name amid corrupt police officials]]



** Murdoch attempts to invoke this in "The Green Fairy" to see if someone could be driven to murder under the influence of absinthe, but only gets a headache.



** Brackenreid is PutOnABus temporarily in season 10 when he goes to St Louis to coach the Canadian men's soccer team at the 1904 Olympics, returning with a gold medal.



** In season 8's "What Lies Buried", a body found in the cellar of Station House 4 dates back to the 1880s, when Brackenreid, Chief Constable Giles, and a couple other senior constables were just getting started in the constabulary. Giles mandates that the station is off-limits to anyone who was with the police at the time.
** In the season ender in season 10, [[spoiler: it Murdoch's turn again, but he is being set up by crooked city police officials; the fate of Murdoch and several other cast members is left ambiguous at episode's end.]]



** An Indian guide kills men who accidentally wounded him in the chest and left him stranded.

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** An Indian hunting guide kills men who accidentally wounded him in the chest and left him stranded.



** Murdoch, a Catholic, initially receives some stick from Brackenreid for being a "Papist", but this is dropped relatively early.

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** Murdoch, a Catholic, initially receives some stick from Brackenreid for being a "Papist", but this is dropped relatively early. It remains a barrier to further promotion, however.



** Canadian government spymaster Terrence Meyers seems to show up at least once per season. [[spoiler:At least until he's trapped in a rocket being launched into space with no way out]].

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** Canadian government spymaster Terrence Meyers seems to show up at least once per season. [[spoiler:At least until he's trapped in a rocket being launched into space with no way out]].



** Season 7 episode "Unfinished Business" features a pair of prominent Toronto brothers, where one is accused of illegal behaviour, and the other appears to be the smarter, more controlling of the two who always bails his brother out and enables him. Of course they were businessmen and not Mayor and Councillor, but it does seem to be a remarkable coincidence and probably a reference to Toronto Mayor Rob Ford and his brother Councillor Doug Ford who have been in the international news frequent due to their antics in 2013 and 2014.

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** Season 7 episode "Unfinished Business" features a pair of prominent Toronto brothers, where one is accused of illegal behaviour, and the other appears to be the smarter, more controlling of the two who always bails his brother out and enables him. Of course they were businessmen and not Mayor and Councillor, but it does seem to be a remarkable coincidence and probably a reference to Toronto Mayor Rob Ford and his brother Councillor Doug Ford who have been were in the international news frequent due to their antics in 2013 and 2014.



** Crabtree's aunts, all [[FloralThemeNaming named after different flowers and plants]]. Fifteen identified: Aunt Amaryllis, Aunt Aster, Aunt Azalea, Aunt Begonia, Aunt Briony, Aunt Clematis, Aunt Dahlia (though George managed to pronounce just "Dahl--"), Aunt Hyacinth, Aunt Iris, Aunt Ivy, Aunt Lily, Aunt Marigold, Aunt Nettle, Aunt Petunia, Aunt Primrose. We finally meet them in season 7. As it turns out, [[spoiler:they're all prostitutes who George's preacher father gave a safe place to live at the rectory.]] They're delighted when George visits them while he and Murdoch are in Newfoundland on a case.

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** Crabtree's aunts, all [[FloralThemeNaming named after different flowers and plants]]. Fifteen identified: Aunt Amaryllis, Aunt Aster, Aunt Azalea, Aunt Begonia, Aunt Briony, Aunt Clematis, Aunt Dahlia (though George managed to pronounce just "Dahl--"), Aunt Hyacinth, Aunt Iris, Aunt Ivy, Aunt Lily, Aunt Marigold, Aunt Nettle, Aunt Petunia, Aunt Primrose. We finally meet them in season 7. As it turns out, [[spoiler:they're all prostitutes who George's preacher adoptive father gave a safe place to live at the rectory.]] They're delighted when George visits them while he and Murdoch are in Newfoundland on a case.



** An out-of-universe example leads to a couple mistakes in "Dinosaur Fever:"

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** An out-of-universe example leads to a couple mistakes in "Dinosaur Fever:"Fever":



* StockFootage: many establishing shots in the early seasons made use of photos in the Toronto Archives, often with carriages or pedestrians animated. A particularly noteworthy example is the second part of "Great Balls of Fire", the two-episode opener to season 10, which briefly faded from colour to black and white in order to use film footage of the 1904 Great fire of Toronto.



* TakeThatAudience: A friendly jab the end of "The Filmed Adventures of Detective William Murdoch."

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* TakeThatAudience: A friendly jab the end of "The Filmed Adventures of Detective William Murdoch."" Also the Detective Murdoch fan club in "The Murdoch Appreciation Society".


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** A bonus entry occurs in "The Artful Detective", which is the [[MarketBasedTitle name of the show in the US]].
25th May '17 9:41:34 PM danlansdowne
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*** [[spoiler:But ultimately revealed to be a mislead; he did survive, but with a badly deformed face. His campaign of revenge leads to him being [[KilledOffForReal hanged with Murdoch and Ogden watching]].]]
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