Waking the Dead

Season 1 Episode 1

Burn Out, Part One

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Aired Daily 9:00 PM Jun 18, 2001 on BBC
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Burn Out, Part One
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A young woman, Marina sets fire to an abandoned car in a street and takes photographs of it as it burns. Boyd walks by and tackles her to the ground, attempting to shield her from the possible explosion. He later learns that Marina's father died in a car accident a few years earlier in that spot, and Marina refuses to accept that his death was an accident. Although not officially a cold case, Boyd is intrigued and reluctantly agrees to investigate. Frankie runs forensic tests on Marina's father's car and proves that he was still alive after the crash and could have escaped. The answers they uncover may mean that the danger to Marina is much greater than any of them had suspected.

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  • Great episode from a great series and one of the reasons it has become such.

    9.0
    This was an awesome installment, but I am surprised that the writers, having only one episode before this, ran out of ideas so fast they had to rip off Hamlet. I don\'t want you to misunderstand me, this episode is entirely worth watching and is in my top 100 crime drama episodes of all time. However, allow me to illustrate the problem. The team, nay, Boyd takes on a case at the word of a young woman who he saw set light to a car. The woman claims that her uncle married her mother just after her father\'s death. She thinks something must be wrong because now she sees her father\'s ghost, well image anyway. Later she stabs Polonius and Laertes kills her to avenge this death and that of Ophelia. Alright, that was a tad corny. End review.moreless
  • Boyd and his team work to solve the mystery of an extortionist in a very short period of time while helping Marina solve the mystery of her father's death.

    6.0
    I thought this episode was much better than the first 2, but still has a long way to go. The acting was much better in this episode, but again the story was a little flat. I felt that the extortionist case was more of an annoyance than anything else and considering, according to the plot, the case hadn't been solved for so long, they solved it very easily. All in all, better than the pilot, but not quite there yet.moreless
Trevor Eve

Trevor Eve

Det. Supt. Peter Boyd

Sue Johnston

Sue Johnston

Dr Grace Foley

Holly Aird

Holly Aird

Dr Frankie Wharton

Claire Goose

Claire Goose

DC Amelia Silver

Wil Johnson

Wil Johnson

DS Spencer Jordan

Angela Griffin

Angela Griffin

Marina Coleman

Guest Star

Clive Russell

Clive Russell

Perry Coleman

Guest Star

Ralph Brown

Ralph Brown

Mike Coleman

Guest Star

Simon Kunz

Simon Kunz

DAC Christie

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  • TRIVIA (3)

    • Major nitpick: At one point Boyd states that the body in the car had been positively identified even though he knows that the identification had been made based on superficial evidence. Isn't the whole point of the cold case squad to use up to date methods and technology to answer these forensic puzzles?

    • In the final act, Boyd had time to return to the office, get Frankie to analyze the blood sample, and contemplate his naval but still with this head start he and the crew arrived at the alley shortly after Marina.

    • Why did Coleman turn the hazard lights on?

  • QUOTES (1)

    • Boyd and Grace in a pub after work.
      Boyd: I got to go.
      Grace: Why are you always in such a hurry? Why can't you just enjoy yourself?
      Boyd: You're bad for me, you know, you're very bad for me Grace.
      Grace: Good.
      Boyd (looking at cell phone caller i.d.)It's Frankie.
      Grace: Well, there's someone else who should get a life.

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