I’ve been excited about the Murdoch Mysteries Halloween episode ever since showrunner Peter Mitchell teased it during our chat earlier this year. There won’t be a Christmas-themed TV movie in Season 12, but he did say this Monday’s instalment is a worthy replacement.
“There is going to be an out-of-the-box Halloween episode,” Mitchell said late last month. “It’s certainly a standalone episode. And it is probably unlike any Murdoch you’ve seen.” So, is he right? Here’s what the CBC has revealed regarding “Sir. Sir? Sir!!”
Murdoch (Yannick Bisson) investigates an astronomical phenomenon with a strange impact on his colleagues’ behaviour and dire implications for Toronto.
And here’s what I can tell you after watching a screener of the episode, written by Mitchell and directed by Craig David Wallace. Don’t forget: because this is a standalone episode, there won’t be any Season 12 storylines involved.
It all starts right away
I love it when an episode of my favourite show shakes things up and really lets you know you’re in for something special. That happens right out of the gate with Murdoch. And look closely at the men Higgins speaks to in the alleyway. I swear the one who doesn’t say a word looks eerily familiar. As for Higgins, well, the astronomical phenomenon affects him in a unique way. Lachlan Murdoch is at his outrageous best.
What is the inspiration for “Sir. Sir? Sir!!”
A long-running animated program that features special instalments at this time of year seems to be the main culprit, but there are plenty of nods to iconic horror and science fiction films in the mix.
All hands on deck!
This special episode features all of our main and recurring characters involved in the story. A sweet treat for sure. Additionally, look for veteran comedian Darren Frost in a memorable guest role.
For once, George was right about something
However, this landmark event isn’t welcome news.
Murdoch Mysteries airs Mondays at 8 p.m. on CBC.
Images courtesy of CBC.