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01 October 2015 @ 12:04 am
Season 9 premiere  
Just a quick note for those still following this comm since I haven't seen an announcement yet, Season 9 of Murdoch Mysteries premieres on CBC at 8 pm on October 5th. (Check your *ahem* "local listings" for accessibility in your region ;-D)

Let the 'Oh George'-ing commence!

ETA - CAUTION: Comments contain discussion of Season 9 episodes.
liadtbunny: Poirot Jappliadtbunny on October 1st, 2015 03:25 pm (UTC)
Hurrah! Although I'm seasons behind in the UK it's nice to know there will be moar:)
CaffieneKitty: murdoch mysteriescaffienekitty on October 2nd, 2015 10:06 am (UTC)
The CBC seems to have taken the adoption of the series a few years ago whole-heartedly. It's their Monday night anchor, and the current PM here is a fan (and had a tiny part in one episode, as well as having an episode involving the history of hockey dedicated to him) so it's been quite safe. However it is an election year this year and I have no idea what any of the other potential incoming candidates think of the show!
liadtbunny: Poirot Jappliadtbunny on October 2nd, 2015 02:14 pm (UTC)
Well, that's one way to guarantee votes!
RabidRaeannrabid1st on October 24th, 2015 01:33 pm (UTC)
I stop by here every so often...when something happens on the show or when a seasons starts or ends. Though, obviously, I'm a little behind the start.

Still...Oh, George!

And, I think it looks like Dr. Grace will be losing her girlfriend, too. So, I assume there might be reconciliation. I don't really ship George and Grace, but I know a lot of people do. So, I shall be glad for those people if the show plays out that way. I will be sorry to see another gay couple separated by one of them dying or being a murder, but that could say more about the nature of our shows. Lots of them feature death and murder, certainly those that are detective shows.
CaffieneKitty: murdoch mysteriescaffienekitty on October 25th, 2015 02:53 am (UTC)
I'm not sure what's going to be happening between Dr. Grace and Lillian, but I get the feeling Doctor Grace won't be straying far from Toronto and I also have a very bad feeling of foreboding about Lillian's future.
RabidRaeannrabid1st on October 25th, 2015 11:29 pm (UTC)
I have the same sense of foreboding, as you've probably gathered. I like Lillian and Grace together. But once the talk turned toward London, I was pretty sure they were headed for trouble. I suppose it could be that Dr. Grace comes to understand that her job is very important to her.
CaffieneKitty: murdoch mysteriescaffienekitty on October 27th, 2015 08:26 pm (UTC)
Did you see last night's episode? (10/26/15)
RabidRaeannrabid1st on October 27th, 2015 09:53 pm (UTC)
I have it recorded. I'll get back to you as soon as I watch it.

RabidRaeannrabid1st on October 28th, 2015 03:24 pm (UTC)
Returning, as promised, to say that I really enjoyed that episode despite the use of one of the major gay-character cliches.

The rule is, as I noted, that if you have a gay pairing on TV one of them dies or is a murder. I did like how the show played with the second notion. At least, I think they played with it. I do wonder about the private detective, was it "Helen" who killed him or was he reporting his news about the husband and the husband killed him.

Anyway, I was surprised and a bit disappointed that Dr. Grace went on with her plans. I mean, I think from a character standpoint it made sense, but from a "why bother" standpoint it didn't. Though, this way, of course, Dr. Grace can always come back alone without changing her mind about her choices. She could just not like London.

I will say that the acting in this one was top notch. And we had a few "Oh, George!" moments. My favorite had to be how he talked himself around to suggesting that in the future all women would date other women and there would be no reason to keep the men. Though, like my sister always says...we need someone to open those stubborn jars and kill the spiders. LOL

Edited at 2015-10-28 03:25 pm (UTC)
CaffieneKitty: like omg!!caffienekitty on October 29th, 2015 02:52 am (UTC)
I was quite nervous about how it would all turn out, and of course the cliche is regrettable, but it could have been handled far worse than it was, I think.

Much as I'd love to have seen Dr. Grace stay, the choice to carry on and go to London seems to spring naturally from her character, and from the grieving process, so it worked for me. I'd love to see her come back of course, though I don't know how soon or how likely that is. Her character was so bright and fresh with her attitude to everything she dealt with, and Lillian's death will be quite a sea change for her to deal with.

The acting was amazing, I was riveted by Georgina's work in this (the scene where she sees the body, I knew what was going on and still it was a very viscerally horrifying scene with great verisimilitude) and everyone else was brilliant as well. Crabtree's goodbye at the station was exceptionally heart-wrenching because they've both lost so much recently, with Edna and Simon gone too, you kind of hope even if there is no romance there, that they would be there and support each other through the emotional times. I imagine they'll be writing a lot of letters back and forth though. :-)

George has a way of talking himself around to an enlightened or at least more modern perspective that's always charmed me about the character. I was also pleasantly surprised that Brackenreid's attitude towards Dr. Grace's love life seems to have softened considerably from his stance last season, and that he showed respect for her grief.

Sorry for babbling! It's rare to find people who watch this show, so I kind of bubbled over. :-)
RabidRaeannrabid1st on October 29th, 2015 03:25 am (UTC)
No need to apologize for the bubbling over; I completely agree. I, also, agree that Georgina did a remarkable job with the grieving process and her reactions to both the body and the final confrontation. That slight tremor in her hands was spot on for the moment. And the way she collapsed to the window, perfect.

George does have a way of talking himself around and one of the most enjoyable things about his character, for me, is how he will hit on something we do have in our modern age (like artificial insemination) and Murdoch will dismiss it out of hand. My favorite of those was "A sort of World Wide Web of wires connecting everyone." Murdoch's reactions to him are priceless, too.

I've always wanted to do a Crabtree appreciation vid, with dialogue of him working through ideas. I found a nice folk song for it, but never got around to cutting clips.

I agree, from a character standpoint, it makes sense for Dr. Grace to go to London as she planned. I suppose they simply wanted Georgina to have a tour de force performance and this gave her that opportunity. I can't fault the story. It kept me guessing as it seemed like Lillian/Helen was a horrible person...something we had been set up to believe by her acerbic personality in earlier episodes. I watched again and it doesn't seem like she was cleared of the P.I.'s murder. I wish she had been cleared of that.

Anyway, we shall come here and babble over the rest of the season. I suppose Dr. Grace might come back, I know Georgina had another show she was on, but I don't follow her enough to know if it is still going strong. Maybe you know?

CaffieneKitty: murdoch mysteriescaffienekitty on November 1st, 2015 02:18 am (UTC)
There are some behind the scenes videos up at the CBC site, I don't know if they are region-locked or not but if they are, try YouTube. The behind the scenes video for this episode has a pretty clear picture of what's happening with regard to Georgina. It could be considered spoilery.