Stars: 4 / 5
And here is my take on Season IV of this series - some of the unique stuff from the episodes.
Episode 2: The episode deals with soldiers addicted to Methamphetamine. Detective Murdoch surmises that this drug could play a major role in warfare in future, for better or worse. I am afraid, Murdoch, it is being used for worse now, alas!
Episode 3: This episode shows something called “Scrutiny Cameras” that the Detective Murdoch insists on having it installed in high-end places which help them in catching a burglar. He is being called the inventor of Scrutiny Cameras (although it is not true in reality). These are the rudimentary versions of Security Cameras and CCTVs of this era.
Episode 4: In this episode when Detective Murdoch recreates his crime scene on his tabletop with miniature forms, Constable Crabtree muses that perhaps there could be a game created where everyone would get a clue to solve a murder and finally catch the killer. Detective dismisses it as a foolish idea. If only he knew, for that game is what we play now called Clue…or perhaps one of that kind of games. J Also Dr. Ogden comes for a visit to Toronto and helps Detective in creating a mold of the wound with Jell-O and she says it is quite famous in Buffalo (where she lives now) and people eat it. Imagine a surprise on a simple Jell-O. :)
Episode 5: Detective Murdoch tries a unique approach to get a photograph sent by wire by converting the picture into grids and assigning each grid a number. Interesting idea which Detective calls it as a telefacsimile in other words a fax. And Crabtree envisions this to be a recreational activity where one is given colors to fill by grid number. And that it could be any form or shape the grid could be to be filled in. He calls it “Paint by Numerical Value” and sell them in small kits. We do have them now for amateur painters. J Also the concept of Subways being introduced to Toronto is seen…as one of the actor says “an electrified railroad running from one end of the city to the other, which is the future.” Very interesting. In the end Crabtree again envisions that these telefacsimiles will be sent via machines in future...again in other words a fax.
Episode 6: Detective Murdoch creates a chemiphosphoroluminescence to identify traces of blood on a bullet. He mentions that that compound was recently synthesized and he acquired a small sample. This is similar to Luminol used by current crime scene investigators.
Episode 7: Detective Murdoch builds a Graphizer to detect a sunken boat that uses the same principle as a SONAR.
Episode 8: Rerouting calls or recording them is so easy now. Cant even fathom a hundred years ago how they did it, but Detective Murdoch shows his setup in this episode. Very ingenious. Towards the end Detective Murdoch says about the killer who is but just a boy:”I don't know what we're dealing with here, Julia. A mental illness, perhaps, or, a good boy gone bad? Or is it possible to be born without a conscience?” I wonder the same when I see cruelty in kids.
Episode 9: Detective Murdoch again comes up with his own artwork in understanding a killer’s weapon. He creates a rudimentary form of a “Silencer” to the gun, but he calls it Muffler. While Constable Crabtree calls it as “Silencer” which is what we know it as today. We see glimpses of organized crime and the initial steps of witness protection in this episode. And ofcourse Street Cars. In the Season I, Detective is surprised about motor powered bicycles. And now they show advancement with street cars. As the series proceeds the technology progress and changes per that period are shown very effectively.
Episode 11: Dracula comes to Murdoch in this episode. I have never read that book…but this episode wants me to read that book. The medical technology of blood transfusion in its initial stages also are seen in this episode although the story is molded into the vampire story to create a murder mystery.
Episode 12: Detective Murdoch comes up with a “Dye Discharger” to catch a bank robber, somewhat similar to what cops use now. He built based on Little Nipper, a British Technology which we can clearly see has evolved considerably. The term “red-handed” gets accidentally mentioned by the reporter merely to say they will catch the robber based on the red dye on his hands. Perhaps that was the beginning of the term that eventually came to mean being caught in a thieving act. :)
Episode 13: Oh how lovely is this episode…to see all the Lewis Carol's characters under one roof embroiled in a murder mystery. My favorite book in so live action.