Da Vinci’s Inquest – Season 2
The acclaimed crime drama that blends high-tech forensic science with old-fashioned legwork ‘I’m not a doctor. I don’t pretend to be. My job is to prevent death.’ That’s how Dominic Da Vinci sums up his job as the controversial coroner for the city of Vancouver. He relies on the expert findings of criminologists, pathologists, and
The acclaimed crime drama that blends high-tech forensic science with old-fashioned legwork
‘I’m not a doctor. I don’t pretend to be. My job is to prevent death.’
That’s how Dominic Da Vinci sums up his job as the controversial coroner for the city of Vancouver. He relies on the expert findings of criminologists, pathologists, and police – and his own hard-nosed inquiries – to ferret out the truth behind suspicious deaths. Along the way, he makes plenty of enemies.
Combining the intricate realism of Law & Order with the high-tech forensics of CSI, Da Vinci’s Inquest has a social and moral resonance that makes it truly unique. In this complete second season, you ll see why Da Vinci’s Inquest has earned international acclaim and devoted fans.
DVD SPECIAL FEATURES INCLUDE interview with series creator Chris Haddock, photo gallery, Chris Haddock bio, and cast filmographies.Nobody does world-weary cop quite as intensely as does Nicholas Campbell, who plays Dominic Da Vinci (though the late Jerry Orbach comes close). In Season 2 of Da Vinci’s Inquest, the hit Canadian police procedural, Campbell is in fine form as Da Vinci, a former Vancouver cop turned coroner. What’s great about Da Vinci’s Inquest is that it never feels formulaic, even though it delivers as a good cop procedural should.
Case in point: The episode called “Blues in A Minor.” The story revolves around the body found in its first scene–that of a young boy found washed up on the rocks underneath the Second Narrows Bridge in Vancouver. Instantly this feels different from an American cop show. The boy’s body is splayed horribly–realistically–on the rocks as the tide laps around it. There’s no unnecessary gore, but the realism grabs the viewer viscerally. There’s also another case unfolding at the same time, just like in real life–having nothing to do with the original case, but calling for attention just the same. Our hero, Campbell’s Da Vinci, is scattered between the two cases, though it’s the first that eats at him, as he follows well-meaning but mistaken leads and finally homes in on the horrible truth that led to the boy’s death.
Da Vinci’s Inquest feels as untidy as real life, and at the same time manages to be a valentine to the lovely, but quietly violent, city in which it’s set. This Vancouver is gorgeous, but not romantic; the hard-scrabble folks who settled here at the edge of the continent breed their own type of malaise. And thankfully, Da Vinci is there to battle it. Extras in the boxed set include an interview with series creator Chris Haddock, a bio of Haddock, a photo gallery, and cast filmographies. –A.T. Hurley