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Da Vinci's Inquest (1998–2005) TV Series - 44 min - Crime | Mystery | Drama
A Vancouver cop turned coroner searches for truth and justice with the help of his friends.
The show, set and filmed in Vancouver, stars Nicholas Campbell as Dominic Da Vinci, once an undercover officer for the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, but now a crusading coroner who seeks justice in the cases he investigates.
Da Vinci's Inquest was loosely based on the real life experiences of Larry Campbell, the former chief coroner of Vancouver, British Columbia, who was elected mayor of that city in 2002. The part of Da Vinci, however, was written specifically for actor Nicholas Campbell. Elements of the series storylines were also taken from sociopolitical issues faced by the real-life Vancouver, such as the plight of the homeless, the controversy over a designated injection site for drug users, the idea of establishing a red light district, and the disappearance of homeless women and sex workers. The production was also influenced by NYPD Blue, and featured similar music and scene transitions.
Da Vinci's Inquest is notable for its unconventional story formats. Unlike most crime dramas, many crimes on Da Vinci's Inquest aren't clearly explained, and some aren't even solved. Many of the show's fans hail this characteristic as one of its finest qualities. Also unusual is its handling of story arcs. Some story arcs span the length of one or more season, but aren't touched on at all in some episodes within that season. Story arcs include Da Vinci's struggles with his ex-wife and daughter, Leo Shannon struggling to care for his mentally ill wife, the relocation of a mental hospital's cemetery and the intrigue that follows, and Da Vinci's quest to establish a red light district and safe injection site to protect the sex workers and drug addicts of Vancouver. In Internet fandom, the plot line following Mick Leary's descent into depression after a female constable infatuated with him commits suicide is often considered one of the most powerful and best-written arcs in the entire series by many fans
Da Vinci's Inquest: Season 2, Episode 8
Blues in A-Minor (24 Nov. 1999)
TV Episode - 44 min - Crime | Mystery | Drama
Adolescent Byron Mizlowski is found dead on the shores of Burrard Inlet. It looks as if he either jumped or was pushed off the Ironworker's Memorial Bridge... See full summary »
Chris Haddock (creator), Alan DiFiore, and 2 more credits »
Plot Summary for
"Da Vinci's Inquest" Blues in A-Minor (1999)
Adolescent Byron Mizlowski is found dead on the shores of Burrard Inlet. It looks as if he either jumped or was pushed off the Ironworker's Memorial Bridge. Byron was a bright and responsible child and his parents gave him much leeway. They think that his biological father may have something to do with the death as Byron was physically abused by him in the past. However Patricia discovers in the autopsy that Byron was also sexually abused, as recent as the night of his death. Det. Bobby Marlowe from Sex Crimes thinks this case is linked to his case involving alleged sexual molestation of children by Byron's band teacher, Richard Zeto. Marlowe has a victim, Ryner Paget, who is remembering the sexual molestation incidents after the fact. To appease the territorial issue between Homicide and Sex Crimes, Da Vinci suggests he seize Zeto's property under the Coroner's Act to share between the investigators. After formally talking to Zeto, the authorities have much evidence against him but not enough to convict on any of the supposed charges. Once news spreads within the community of the investigation against Zeto, other evidence surfaces. Tragic consequences occur before the authorities discover who killed Byron. Meanwhile, Leary investigates a blood spattered apartment but no body. And Winston has a hit and run dead body. They don't yet know that they two are related. Written by Huggo