Murdoch Mysteries: Curse of the Lost Pharaoh
We're not seeing a period police drama, but a steampunk Penny Dreadful, a perspective reinforced by the inclusion of animated segments drawn by Francis Manapul. Watching a regular episode of Murdoch Mysteries and then watching Curse of the Lost Pharaoh is a little bit like seeing the difference between the layers of reality in Sucker Punch. Murdoch Mysteries strives for historical accuracy: like much steampunk, Curse throws it out the window. With a good dose of whimsy, the lead characters have been transformed into romanticized versions of themselves, with the funniest contrast being Dr. Julia Ogden's. On Murdoch Mysteries, Ogden is described as "a pathologist who works with the Toronto police force. She’s a forward-thinking, modern woman who can be quite blunt and straightforward." In Curse, she's a "comely heiress," who keeps abruptly showing up like Madame Yes, woman of mystery from that episode of The Flintstones.
The folks behind Murdoch Mysteries: Curse of the Lost Pharoah are going to be giving away some very cool prizes every first Tuesday of the month for the next four months.
The first prize available is a copy of the screenplay for the first episode of Curse of the Lost Pharaohs, signed by writer Patrick Tarr and Yannick Bisson (Inspector Murdoch). Head over to their Facebook page for details on how to win! You can check out the first episode of Curse of the Lost Pharoah HERE tonight!
I'll be posting more on Curse of the Lost Pharoah as more episodes are released!