I really don’t know how much there is to say about Murdoch anymore, after 10 seasons, you know what you’re getting and you either like it, as I do, or you just go elsewhere. Murdoch Mysteries is a long-running Canadian mystery show, based on the books by Maureen Jennings. It’s about a turn-of-the-century Toronto detective who develops some amazing techniques to solve cases. It has a great cast of characters and never fails to make me smile.
That said though, because Murdoch is so episodic, it’s hard to speak about it over the whole season. There are some things that I simply don’t like overall, such as George Crabtree’s continual failure with the ladies and the return of a past serial killer, hopefully for the last time ever, but otherwise I enjoyed the season, as I have each of the past 9.
My biggest problem with the season is the last episode, which just comes completely out of the blue and, of course, is a big cliffhanger when it just wasn’t necessary. In it, Murdoch is accused of murder, all of his enemies come out of the woodwork, half of the cast is supposedly murdered in cold blood by other cops and everything looks dark. What the hell? Murdoch is one of the best known and most respected detectives in the Toronto constabulary, now he’s being hunted by government big wigs with no oversight? It makes no sense.
Still, Murdoch has proven that it can keep writing very successful mysteries year in and year out and while every single one might not be amazing, I can think of very few that are actually disappointing. The average Murdoch episode is usually better than the majority of other detective show great episodes. You can’t say that about very many series out there.
If I had to make suggestions for the future though, it would be to keep the immature drama to a minimum. As I said before, Constable Crabtree has really awful luck with the ladies, his girlfriends either turn out to be gay or murderers or unstable and you can only do so much of that before it gets old. It’s gotten old. Either get him a serious girlfriend or stop trying, please.
That said though, season 11 has already been confirmed so I’m certainly on board when it starts up again. They have a working formula, I hope they can cut out the parts that don’t work and keep the parts that do. I’ll be watching as long as they make it, which I hope is a very long time.