Murdoch Mysteries

Season 3 Episode 3

Victor, Victorian

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Aired Monday 8:00 PM Mar 02, 2010 on CBC
9.6
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Inspector Brackenreid and Constable Crabtree are present when a man undergoing the candlelit initiation ceremony in a Masonic Temple is murdered. Murdoch's investigation uncovers another even-more-secret society.

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  • A gem of an episode.

    10
    Liberties with the accepted wisdom of the times aside, this was a really well done interpretation of a double standard gone terribly wrong.



    It's easy to sit here in 2010 and be appalled by the stifling terms under which women lived in 1895; back before they were even actually "people" in legal terms.



    It's quite another thing to let yourself become involved in the extremes they might go to simply to have life "experiences".



    But it's TV genius to put those plausible tales together with the other side of the two-headed coin and watch innocent curiosity fall victim to moral certainty. Very well woven tale; tale though it was.



    And thank goodness, on TV anyway, 1895 can produce an enlightened man, though a man apart no doubt, in William Murdoch. He can let me fight my own battles any day! ;o}moreless

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    • Murdoch states that the masonic cipher has over twenty quintillion possible resolutions. This is a gross exaggeration.


      Since each of the five symbols can be interpreted in four different ways, the 120 permutations must be multiplied by 4 x 4 x 4 x 4 x 4, which gives 122 880 possibilities, much less than Murdoch stated. (In fact, there are only about 12 million possible sequences of five words.) A mathematically well-versed man like Murdoch would never have made such a mistake.


      Of course, writing out all possibilities would still require "a larger blackboard".

  • QUOTES (1)

    • Crabtree: (Looking at the blackboard where Murdoch is attempting to break a mysterious code) So, sir, if--if each of the five symbols potentially represent one in four letters--there must be thousands of variations.
      Murdoch: Over two quintillion, George.
      Crabtree: Sir, I think we're gonna need a bigger blackboard.

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