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Murdoch Mysteries

Season 3 Episode 7

Blood and Circuses

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Aired Monday 8:00 PM Mar 30, 2010 on CBC
8.9
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There's pandemonium at Police Station Four. Something has gone terribly wrong at Barnett's Travelling Royal Circus. Sabre, the Bengal tiger went berserk and partially devoured its trainer before escaping into the streets. Sabre has since been shot and killed but rumours have started circulating that this wasn't simply a case of 'tiger gone bad'. Det. Murdoch finds the truth stranger than the circus performers he must investigate.

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  • Not certain what to make of this one...

    6.5
    ...but in the end it was, well, lacking...



    I guess a circus troupe is the perfect place in which to hide if you are a criminal; particularly a murderer. In and of itself, the setting and the original deed was plausible. But the cast of circus characters, their backgrounds and how they intertwined...apparently without recognition on the part of the subjects, the subsequent murder and how the whodunnit actually "dunnit"; well it just didn't hold much creative or viewer water for me.



    There were some comic moments, as usual provided by Crabtree and Higgins. And I suppose the fortune teller's final input to Murdoch was potentially meaningful; but only because I have cheated and watched an upcoming episode on YouTube!



    I would normally caution Murdoch to make the right sacrifice, but then I guess, since a sesaon 4 has already been announced, it;s likely safe to assume all will be right in the life, love and work of William Murdoch in 1897.



    He'll just have to put this episode behind him... :o{moreless
  • Circus of crime

    9.5
    The cast of Murdoch suspects is often limited, perhaps a Mother, a sister, a work-hand or two but for this episode: an entire circus troupe. Making for a much more confusing tale of love and deceit and murder. I really thought the monkey might end up in the noose by the end, though with Brankenreid's fondness of the creature, I am certain that would not have happened. Loved the postcard scene. This time around we have the slightly dodgy looking circus owner, the lion man, Miss Ivy, the magician, the fortune teller, the person feeding the tiger, etc



    Murdoch does seem to be a little more lost and confused in this episode, but perhaps his mind was dwelling on his relationship with Julia. A few hints were added that reveal that the love may or may not run smooth (but it would be boring drama if that wasn't the case), and perhaps another may be on the cards. George also seems to have yet another potential romantic storyline. Higgens even gets a few good scenes this time around, though I can't see him running off to the circus any time soon. A little in Murdoch goes a long way, all clever suggestion but surely this is the best way for any TV drama with a 'limited' budget. We never get to see the tiger, we only briefly get to see the results of the Tiger's vicious mauling, and we certainly never get to see the circus as the owner and the circus rapidly get out of town: immediately making themselves suspects in the process. As ever with Murdoch, though we are watching events of the 1890s (? to be honest, not really sure of the exact date), the story often refers to our time, our own interests, fears, obsessions, and as such proving we haven't changed that much in the intervening years. Yet another wonderful episode but one that definitely will require a couple more viewings to see all the twists and turns. The story ties up well, all very logically planned and executed. Was a little disappointed not to see a little more of the circus acts beforehand though.moreless
Yannick Bisson

Yannick Bisson

Detective William Murdoch

Helene Joy

Helene Joy

Dr. Julia Ogden

Thomas Craig

Thomas Craig

Inspector Thomas Brackenreid

Jonny Harris

Jonny Harris

Constable George Crabtree

Lally Cadeau

Lally Cadeau

Lady Minerva

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Ashley Leggat

Ashley Leggat

Ivy

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Bruce Dow

Bruce Dow

Pierre Barnett

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Lachlan Murdoch

Lachlan Murdoch

Constable Henry Higgins

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