The much-anticipated Murdoch Mysteries Season 11 Episode 1 has received raving reviews by fans despite the death and emotional goodbye to one of the major characters.
Murdoch Mysteries Season 11 Episode 1 was titled “Up From Ashes,” and Murdoch and his colleagues have truly risen up from the ashes by the end of Monday night’s episode. Beware that the following contains major spoilers, so continue reading at your own risk.
Season 10 of Murdoch Mysteries, titled “Hell to Pay,” had ended with Detective William Murdoch (played by Yannick Bisson) being behind bars for the murder of burlesque dancer Lydia Hall. Developer Robert Graham, whose ruthless business with corrupt and powerful politicians aims to rebuild Toronto, sees Murdoch as an adversary and tries to convince the detective to admit to the murder of Lydia Hall.
When Graham (played by Canadian actor John Wildman) tells jailed Murdoch that a confession might save the life of his kidnapped wife Julia Ogden and his Station House No. 4 colleagues, Murdoch answers with a resolute “No.”
Developer Graham’s comment at the end of Season 10 that “I’ve heard at least one of your loyal constables is dead,” left Murdoch Mysteries fans in fear that it might be George.
By the end of Murdoch Mysteries Season 11 Episode 1, viewers know that it is not George who has died but Constable Jackson (played by Kristian Bruun). Kristian Bruun had been a part of Murdoch Mysteries for six seasons, and on his Twitter page, he shares his emotional goodbye.
And now I’m bawling my eyes out. Thanks for the send off, lads. I miss you all greatly. Good luck with Season 11! #MurdochMysteries
— Kristian Bruun (@TheBruun) September 26, 2017
By the end of Murdoch Mysteries Season 11 Episode 1, viewers also find the roles of Murdoch and Graham reversed. Now, it is Graham who is behind bars and Murdoch being triumphant. Like Murdoch at the end of Season 10, Graham refuses to confess to any wrongdoing.
Given the parallelism between the end of Season 10 and the end of Episode 1 of Season 11, viewers can expect to see more between the two strong adversaries.
Despite the departure of Constable Jackson, fans consider Murdoch Mysteries Season 11 Episode 1 to be one of the best episodes ever. Comments like “Excellent show this evening” or “terrific episode” are some of the reactions to episode 1.
From the beginning of Murdoch Mysteries Season 11 Episode 1, which shows Murdoch and Detective Llewellyn Watts (played by Daniel Maslany) standing at the grave of Constable Jackson, to the end of the episode, which shows Graham behind bars, — viewers treasure every minute of the developing plot.
Murdoch Mysteries Season 11 Episode 1 is evidence that the quality of a television show does not have to diminish with time.
Unlike other television shows, the writers of Murdoch Mysteries have expanded the show’s quality. In addition to providing viewers with a continuous array of intriguing villains (James Gillies, Eva Pearce, and now developer Graham), Detective Watts is a wonderful character complementing Detective Murdoch.
Detective Watts from Station House No. 1 was introduced during Season 10 and shows the opposite of the character of Detective Murdoch.
In contrast to Murdoch, Watts is unpredictable, lacks Murdoch’s social graces, and thinks out loud. His unfiltered thoughts and expressions are often accompanied by phrases like Crackerjack, Sweet Mary, or Hellfire.
Instead of being a man of the church, Watts is a man of the street. Like Murdoch, Watts is well read and inquisitive. However, in contrast to Murdoch’s scientific inquiries, Watts is more curious about existential philosophies and human nature.
On the next episode of Murdoch Mysteries: After a wine connoisseur is poisoned, Murdoch and Watts uncork fraud and a fledgling industry.
With Murdoch Mysteries Season 11 Episode 1 returning as a top quality show, fans are looking forward to seeing Murdoch and Watts again on October 2.