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Unlike most episodes of this very fine mystery series, this episode
goes one step beyond the crime-solving element and offers a unique
perspective on Victorian-era morality.
It fairly portrays several points-of-view regarding homosexuality in the Victorian age. The episode shows the lengths to which closeted gay men of the time had to arrange clandestine meetings dependent on inference and discretion for companionship. In doing so, it also provides a glimpse of the stereotypes -- the police officers dress their undercover agent flamboyantly, a la Oscar Wilde, believing that all gay men must certainly dress that way. The series provides a voice for the sneering homophobia of the police inspector, the conflicting beliefs experienced by the deeply held moral convictions of the detective, and the liberal- minded openness of the feminist coroner.
Unlike some reviewers who have posted their take on this episode and claim it as some sort of left-leaning propaganda, I believe the episode presents many points of view and shows a "slice-of-life" regarding an issue that is still widely debated. That the social issue is secondary to the actual mystery is what raises this episode higher than most others. By the end of the episode not only is the mystery solved, but several of the characters have examined their preconceived notions and evolved.
This starts off with a man and woman going to church. The man is very
mean to a person begging for money outside the church as he is walking.
There is a wedding going to take place and in this beautiful big church.
The people in the wedding are all set for this happy event the best man, the bride etc. Nobody seems to like each other.
The groom does not enter the church when he is supposed to and they go look for him. He is found dead. He is killed with the metal Cross of Jesus.
After this I stopped watching. 1. They portrayed the church goers as mean. 2. The church party did not like each other 3. The murder takes place in a church. 4. And to top it off the groom was killed with large metal cross. Murdoch holds up the Cross that supposed to be the weapon and says "seems like nothing is sacred these days. That is for sure especially in Murdoch Mysteries.
Once and a while if series portrayed religious people in a good way I would not be offended but this never happens. It seems many episode display religious people as the aggressor, the evil person the one who does not accept others because they are so "religious and so perfect". The episode with author of Sherlock Holmes talked about religion as cold and dead. Murdoch ends up thinking psychic stuff might be true. I hope people that love God will see through these lies and not get discouraged.
You will not see any loving Christians in this at least not yet. I have seen 7 of season 7 and 4 of season 1. Murdoch is a superficial Catholic and scenes of church people are bad. I do hope believers will watch these shows and comment on the shows biased content.
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