The Hook On: Murdoch Mysteries Season Ten.

I asked, you answered.

There are only a few episodes of Murdoch Mysteries left in MMX and I think it’s time look back, at least briefly. So today I’d like to examine the gift that has been MM season ten and the road so far.

With your help, of course.

It’s been an interesting journey, one that has left viewers with mixed feelings, to say the least. Don’t get me wrong, in my opinion this show has actually evolved rather than become stagnant and repetitive.

But not everyone likes change.

My wife, for example, has been less than receptive to some of the biggest changes in MMX. Namely, the shift in focus from established characters like Constable  George Crabtree (Jonny Harris) and Inspector Thomas Brackenreid (Thomas Craig) to new blood like Det. Watts (Daniel Maslany) and reporter Louise Cherry (Bea Santos). To be honest, the occasional absence of Crabtree and the prolonged absence of Brackenreid left me irritated, to say the least.

That said, Maslany and Santos are both amazing actors who have revitalized MM with their original performances and intriguing characters. Miss Cherry is much more than a one-note, poor man’s Lois Lane. Watts is a character on par with William Murdoch himself, with an exceptional mind, a curious intellect, emotional baggage, a strict moral code – but little or no social skills.




“It says here that The Hook is blogging about us again, George!  What have we done to deserve this?”

Here now are your thoughts on how MMX has unfolded so far.

MM fans are a passionate lot, right? Perhaps none moreso than mega-Murdoch fan Brian Laufman:



Speaking of dedicated Murdochians/fans and Twitter, this season did herald one disturbing change to the MM universe. At one time you could count on the Murdoch team to RT your comments and observations. At one time you could take comfort in the fact the MM team was closely monitoring the show’s Twitter account for witty, insightful comments which they were more than happy to respond to.

That time has passed.

I don’t know what has been transpiring behind-the-scenes at Murdoch’s production company, Shaftesbury, but someone there decided to cancel the onset fan day and move it to CBC HQ (which worked out well enough from what I can tell) and cut ties with fans virtually. Fortunately, MM showrunner Peter Mitchell and Co. have maintained a close relationship with fans.

No wonder I love those guys.


What’s that? You’d like a few more? Happy to oblige.

And to close out this MM lovefest…

Last but certainly not least, let’s hear from some folks with the inside track on all things Murdoch

Now let’s hear from Det. Watts himself, Daniel Maslany:

latest“The Murdoch team was such a fantastic group to have gotten to work with. They were so warm and welcoming.”

He really is a great guy, isn’t he?

Three episodes remain, including one featuring MM’s version of real-life master of horror H.P. Lovecraft. Scary stuff indeed, kids. My thanks to everyone who participated in this Murdochian hoedown. 

See you in the lobby and on the CBC, friends…

About The Hook

Husband. Father. Bellman. Author of The Bellman Chronicles. Reader of comic books and observer and chronicler of the human condition. And to my wife's eternal dismay, a mere mortal and non-vampire. I'm often told I look like your uncle, cousin, etc. If I wore a hat, I'd hang it on a hat rack in my home in Niagara Falls, Canada. You can call me The Hook, everyone else does.
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18 Responses to The Hook On: Murdoch Mysteries Season Ten.

  1. umashankar says:

    Looks like something happened in the big ticket production. Ever since they screwed up with ‘X Files’, I have retreated to books. That said, I can survive on your humour alone.

  2. curvyroads says:

    We humans are resistant to change, aren’t we?

  3. You are doing the MM public a service, Hook. Looks like the brass at MM have turned that over to you. 😀

  4. Marion Hardy says:

    Z Sorry I missed your tweet regarding season x but you already know how I feel about the show and my thoughts often mirror yours!

  5. kimberbogema says:

    I used to love the banter and retweets on Twitter.
    Now you more likely will get a like or retweet from the writing team , or from the stars. Truth is, while I used to be excited to load the app in time for each episode to start, I stopped doing that.

  6. Lisa says:

    I view MM via Netflix and Acorn subscription through Amazon Prime (I’m an American who didn’t vote for Trump) and am consequently a bit behind this season, but I love it so far. I’m 99% convinced that James Gillies is really dead, but you can never be sure with that guy. I loved the Roger Newsome episode as well. I’m strongly considering a move to Canada so that I might (a) escape Trump, (b) hang with the Murdoch crew, (c) indulge in your culinary wonders such as ketchup potato chips and (d) give myself another reason to look at photos of Justin Trudeau. But I am still completely mystified by curling. Can you help? PS – I love this blog.

    • The Hook says:

      I share your confusion when it comers to curling – and I spent my childhood weekends at a country club with a curling rink!
      PS – I love your comment!

  7. Linda Altuna says:

    Worried about MMX finale foo! There have been clues. M is hiding something from J. Any thoughts?

  8. Linda Altuna says:

    Last several episodes it seems M is hiding something from J.

  9. I’m sad that George will not end up with the good doctor Grace 😦 Please do not tell me what happens. I will find out on my own I suppose. That poor guy just can’t seem to catch a break! :-/

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