Nice to see the return of James Pendrick. Not the most exciting episode, but at least it again felt more like classic MM. The writers are finally understanding the feel of the show. The Brackenreid and Margaret drama was funny and the best bit of the episode. Crabtree really knows his stocks, everyone he named became major companies.
I was glad his week the real life character flowed with the storyline better. Henry Ford didn't stick out like a sore thumb as Jack London and Emma Gold did. Thank god the series is finally on solid ground in the last two weeks. Though still not as good as previous series.
The cons of the episode were that Emily was again barely in it, so the team was missing the feminine touch. And would it kill them to mention Julia? it's like no-one misses her or even remembers she exists. It's a little unfair to her character, as she did work with them for years and she was their friend/lover. At this rate I doubt they'll even bat an eyelid at her being back next week.
They just showed the episode trailer for next week and you actually saw W/J in a scene together Shame Anna was flirting with William
Henry Ford didn't stick out like a sore thumb as Jack London and Emma Gold did.
He wasn't in it much; the focus was really Pendrick. Her name is Emma Goldman actually. I thought this episode was AWESOME! I think it's one of the best of the show. It was really back on track. It had a little bit of everything and it was all good. I think this was sort of like the Power Wars but with electric vs gasoline powered cars. It was so funny how excited Murdoch was to drive the electric car. When Crabtree thought Margaret was seeing a gigolo, I about died laughing! Then Margaret's gambling that spiced up the Brackenreid's marriage! Ha I enjoyed the road race, since there were racing like that with early cars. There really was uncertainty which would win out in the marketplace, electric or gasoline. I thought it was funny when someone said gasoline was cheap and always would be.
I loved the return of Mr. Pendrick. The only thing I'd really object to, is the fact that I think they've overused the whole "Pendrick's here...he's gotta be the murderer" angle. They've done that so many times, I think it's getting old.
Otherwise, this was an excellent episode. I liked the car-race, the scientific dicussions, the Brackenreids mucking around (that was so sweeeet!!) and the ending was pretty damn dramatic as well.
I enjoyed the road race, since there were racing like that with early cars. There really was uncertainty which would win out in the marketplace, electric or gasoline. I thought it was funny when someone said gasoline was cheap and always would be.
Although antique cars look frail and filmsy and delicate today, when these machines were brand-new, they were put through some INCREDIBLY gruelling and dangerous endurance-tests.
Don't forget that during this time, there were no modern, asphalt-paved roads. It was all cobblestones, brickwork, and dirt. Roads were incredibly uneven once you got outside of town (and even within the boundaries thereof). For the early motor-car to be successful, its sellers had to prove to the public that it could drive over ANYTHING and still survive.
One reason why early cars are SO high off the ground is because they had to clear ruts, pot-holes, bumps and gullies worn into the roads. A simple, hand-cranked, Model T Ford with gas-fired headlights doesn't look like much...
But a car like that in 1908, could go off-roading and cross-country driving in ways that would RUIN a horse and carriage. A Model T doesn't have an incredible top speed by today's standards. Downhill with a strong wind behind it, it might top 45 miles an hour, but it was a tough little bastard that would drive across anything at all - Mud, snow, dirt, sand, gravel, the smoothest city streets or the worst country lanes. It was to deal with the very HARSHEST road and driving conditions that these early cars were built for. Otherwise they would never have sold to the average driver, who back then, would've valued their car highly, and would've used it for EVERYTHING from family outings to making deliveries to going on picnics and holidays. They had to be tough!
That said, there was a LOT of competition amongst early car-makers.
Electrically-powered cars were quiet and fast. But they needed regular battery-charges.
Gas-fired cars were noisier and slower, but gas was cheap as old chips - 5c a gallon (roughly four liters). Back in the old days, you bought your gas from the local chemist or drugstore instead of the service-station.
Steam-powered cars could be INCREDIBLY fast (a steam-powered car set a speed-record in 1906, I think, which wasn't beaten by another steam-car until over a century later in 2010, or something), but steam-cars were dangerous (if the boiler overheated or the pressure got too high, you'd have an explosion), or if you ran out of water, the boiler would melt. And steam-cars took a long time to start. An electric car, you flip the switch. A petrol car, you turned the crank, the steam car? You had to light the pilot-light, boil the water, build the pressure....It could take quite a while.
That said, a steam-car was VERY VERY fast compared to an electric or gas-fired car. You could easily reach 100+ miles an hour, which was about the speed of an express-train back in those days. And this was in like, 1905.
For all the advances in technology, some things were still remarkably old-fashioned.
The wheels were wooden-spoked. The headlights were fired by gas (natural gas, the kind you have in your stove), or even by oil or kerosene. If you wanted to drive at night, you'd have to light the headlights by hand before you could take off.
The glass on early motor-cars was very delicate. It could shatter very easily. No seat-belts, of course. And the controls could be very complicated. It wasn't until around the time of the First World War that the modern control-arrangements that we have now, took effect.
Henry Ford is credited with making cheap cars for the masses, but he wasn't the only person to do so.
In England, the Morgan Cyclecar Company manufactured cheap, three-wheeled motor-cars for the British motoring public in the years before the Great War of 1914. They were cheap, fairly fast, they could carry two people and they were surprisingly fuel-efficient.
As is hinted in the episode, starting an early motor-car was a hazardous business. You needed a fair amount of strength to turn the crank. The engines were pretty small, so it didn't take many turns to start it (unless the engine required cleaning), but it was still dangerous.
You'd have to grab the crank and turn it clockwise to engage the engine and get the pistons moving. Once the engine's running, the crankshaft whips the handle back in the opposite direction. If you're not holding it correctly, the force of the kick would break your wrist. There was a special way of gripping the crank-handle so that when the engine started kicking back, the handle flew off your hand and away, instead of taking your arm with it.
If you really want to know just HOW tough early motor-cars were, take a look at the famous 1907 Peking-to-Paris race.
In 1907, a group of motorists drove from Peking, in China, to Paris, in France, cross-country.
No petrol stations.
Just the drivers, the mechanics, and the newspaper-reporters to record their adventure.
And they all survived, and reached Paris.
That's China, Mongolia, Russia, the countries of Eastern Europe, Poland, Germany and France.
Don't forget that during this time, there were no modern, asphalt-paved roads.
I noticed that Pendrick said "don't go over 40 mph until you hit the asphalt" and thought; wait, I didn't think they had asphalt yet, esp out in the country like they were. But in the U.S. roads started to be paved with asphalt in the 1870's. In 1876 Pennsylvania Ave in Washington D.C. was ceremonially paved to commemorate the nation's 100th anniversary. So I imagine the Toronto streets had asphalt and I guess where Murdoch was driving was not far outside of town?
And would it kill them to mention Julia? it's like no-one misses her or even remembers she exists. It's a little unfair to her character, as she did work with them for years and she was their friend/lover. At this rate I doubt they'll even bat an eyelid at her being back next week.
Very valid comment. William has always stated that he values Julia as a collegue ;Big Murderer on Campus in S2, Downstairs Upstairs in S4. Also look how the writers made of big case of how well they work together in Back and to the Left. With Julia gone, William has lost the other scientific mind he used to bounce theories back and forth with. Without her, he should be struggling and frustrated when solving cases now.
That is one of my big disaspointment of this season: the lack of continuity. It's as though these 6 first episodes exist in a vacuum, seperate from the rest on the on-going MM storyline that has evolved over the first four seasons. I read somewhere that Helene Joy was not available for S5 which is why we hardly see Julia. Surely her absence could have been handled better.
It would have been better if she had at least been mentioned in the last four episodes. Bizarrely William has only had 4 quick scenes with Emily in the last couple of episodes as well. They really have been missing the pathology part of the show since Julia has been gone. IA that it's like they suddenly don't need the science for the cases anymore, which was always a massive part of the solution.
And I hope when you say she wasn't available that only means for early S5. Because I won't be happy with her missing anymore episodes this series. It feels incomplete without her, and without more of the morgue scenes. It's like the series has a limb missing.
Well I did also read on facebook that Helene Joy nearly wasn't going to be included in S6, but I know nothing more than that. I do have to admit, seeing how bad S5 has been without her so far, I have to admit to being worried how S6 will turn out.
I doubt they'd do S6 without Julia. And is the facebook page a fan page? because if so I would take anything they say with a huge grain of salt unless they have official sources to back up their claims. There has been no official news that Julia won't be in S6. Fan pages of shows tend to talk a lot of rubbish as most of what they say is based purely on speculation and not what is actually confirmed.
The producers said of S5 they had ended in a way fans would be happy with. No way would that mean Julia was being written out of the series, or written out more than she already is. Emily is clearly nothing more than a fill-in while Julia is away. She won't be there in S6 IMO. And they will need a female pathologist. I would be very surprised if Julia isn't back in the morgue by the start of the next series. Also, I seriously doubt William will have a cast love interest brought in to replace her.
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