Continuing with the critiques I started in 2015, here is the next in series – a TV Show review.
Stars: 4 / 5
And here is my take on Season V of this series - some of the unique stuff from the episodes. This season shows the era getting closer to the 20th century because of which we get to see the industrial revolution spring.
Episode 1: Rise of factories and meeting of famous author Jack London are the noticeable items from this episode. A chance phrase by Detective Murdoch, “Call of the Wind” becomes a title for Jack London as shown in here.
Episode 4: This episode shows the start of public telephone booths although they are called “Callboxes”. Constable Crabtree muses that “Imagine one day a telephone so small, you could carry it around.” And Constable Higgins muses “It would never work wires all over town, you'd trip the horses.” Clearly unable to imagine beyond his mind’s capacity. And indeed we have those now and we call them “Cell Phones”. :P We get to see another pipe bomb in this episode as well with the first glimpse into the beginnings of terrorist attacks.
Episode 7 & 8: Aah we see the arguments of contraception / family planning being taught is a crime. Dr. Julia Ogden educates the women about diaphragm and protection when she gets arrested in this episode. The women rally about giving choice to women about birth control. Certainly a tough fight back which we are still fighting now but we all have come a long way though.
Episode 9: Automation is the future – this is the theme of this episode which begins with an exhibition that shows everything like an automatic ironing board, coffee distillation machine (an equipment as large as a 3 ft vase that makes five cups of coffee), paint dispenser (or what we call as paint rollers now), a table top waiter, a vibrating chair (similar to current massage chairs), vacuum cleaner (which it is called as a Suction Cleaner, and considerably huge), instant mail machine (a device to send mail from one place to another via telephonic lines instantly, perhaps similar to a fax or internet. The episode calls it as “Modern Communication Mechanism”), a dog whistle, a model based on Babbage’s Analytical Machine (beginnings of a computer) and wireless switch to turn on or off a light from the comfort of your chair. They call Instant Mail as IMail, and perhaps that’s where we get the word IM that we use now so commonly for instant messaging on phones or computers.
Episode 11: A talking doll that is wound up from behind to hear what was recorded - an interesting invention that baffles Murdoch in this case. Looking at the doll Inspector Brackenreid comments, "I know it's supposed to be adorable, but to me, it just looks bloody creepy". That’s exactly how I feel whenever I come across any kind of doll. **Sigh** Inspector and the Detective get sprayed by automatic sprinklers which Murdoch calls a new invention but the Inspector rules them out saying "I don't this that'll catch on". Only if he knew! :) Alexander Graham Bell and his device Audiograph again comes to Detective's aid.
Episode 12: Professional Hockey between two Canadian teams is the center of this episode. One of the actor's comment was "Oh, it's our game. The Yanks will never embrace it." to a comment made by another that they may lose their best players to Americans. However, America seems to have embraced that game after a century from then.
Episode 13: As the series ventures into the next century so does the plots change. This episode comes with time-traveling and superhero syndrome. An insight into Professor Harms time-machine is shown and he eludes to his student Albert Einstein during a conversation. Detective Murdoch himself uses the time machine on the last day of the 19th century and goes to future in 1912 where he sees his own self in future showing his son how a lantern light works. Wish we had one now so I could use it for a much better use although I do understand that one strand of time if changed would potentially change future in quite a bit, some times for worse. Lucky for Murdoch, the time-machine turns out to be a hoax.