Category Archives: Katy Pontificates

Politics, Names, & Spy Capers

MURDOCH MYSTERIES Season 11, Episode 14 (The Great White Moose)  As the episode opened with President Teddy Roosevelt sneaking into Canada to go hunting, this was unsurprisingly an episode that marked the annual return of our favourite fictional Canadian spy, … Continue reading

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Getting Rather Serious…(sort of)

MURDOCH MYSTERIES Season 11, Episodes 12 & 13 (Mary Wept)(Crabtree a la Carte)  After a couple of lighter episodes, Mary Wept is dark and philosophical. Religion is murky territory, particularly in a show focused on science and technology. It is … Continue reading

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The Frankie Drake Mysteries

The Frankie Drake Mysteries In the same universe as Murdoch Mysteries, The Frankie Drake Mysteries take place in the early 1920s in Toronto. Frankie is a female private detective, about 30 years old, and solves cases a bit more unconventionally … Continue reading

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January Fun

MURDOCH MYSTERIES Season 11, Episodes 10 & 11 (F.L.A.S.H.)(Biffers & Blockers) In a month traditionally associated with darkness and post-Christmas sadness, the first two Murdoch Mysteries episodes of 2018 provided much-appreciated comedic relief. Some might have found them a bit … Continue reading

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Downsizing (2017)

Downsizing (2017) One of those films that looked interesting but was not immediately on my “must-see” list, Downsizing pleasantly surprised me in how entertaining and thought-provoking it is. Similar to The Martian, it takes a serious approach to science fiction … Continue reading

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Meditations On Scrooge, the Grinch, & Charlie Brown

For some reason, this year, I was struck by how important and yet misunderstood the characters of Scrooge, the Grinch, and Charlie Brown are. I felt a great kinship with these characters – not because I hate Christmas (I most … Continue reading

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Third Time Isn’t Quite the Charm

MURDOCH MYSTERIES Season 11, Episode 19 (Home for the Holidays)   So we come to the third Murdoch Mysteries Christmas special! It was delightful, but not as uplifting as the 2016 edition. It had beauty, charm, and comedy, but it … Continue reading

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