‘Cardinal’ is a Canadian crime drama by CTV about homicide detective John Cardinal, who returns to his hometown after ten years to join the homicide brigade to investigate the death of a teenager with the help of his new partner Lisa Delorme. The series first premiered on January 25, 2017 and is an adaptation of Canadian novelist Giles Blunt’s crime novels about detectives John Cardinal and Lise Delorme in the fictional city of Algonquin Bay.
Season 1 of the show, consisting of six episodes, is based on Blunt’s award-winning novel, Forty Words for Sorrow (2000), and explores the story of an ongoing investigation into the murder of a young girl. After receiving favorable reviews, ‘Cardinal’ was renewed for its second and third seasons, and CTV announced the renewals on February 28, 2017.
Season 2, which adapted the third novel in the John Cardinal series, Blackfly Season (2005), aired on January 4, 2018. Meanwhile, Season 3, which began airing on January 24, 2019, is an adaptation of the fourth and fifth novels of the John Cardinal series – By The Time You Read This (2006) and Crime Machine (2010), respectively. Like Season 1, Seasons 2 and 3 also consist of six episodes.
Cardinal Cast: Who is in it?
The cast of the show comprises Billy Campbell as the titular character, John Cardinal, while Karine Vanasse takes up the role of Cardinal’s partner, Detective Lise Delorme.
Apart from the two protagonists, Glen Gould slips into the role of Detective Jerry Commanda, while Eric Hicks plays the role of Constable Fox. Other characters who get considerable screen time are Catherine Cardinal (played by Deborah Hay), Sergeant Noelle Dyson (played by Kristen Thomson), Kelly Cardinal (played by Alanna Bale), and Detective Ash Kuler (played by Zach Smadu). Meanwhile, David Richmond-Peck plays Staff Sergeant Malcolm Musgrave and James Downing plays Detective McLeod.
Cardinal Plot: What is it about?
As mentioned earlier, Season 1 of ‘Cardinal’ focuses on the investigation into the murder of a young girl, 13-year-old Katie Pine. The season begins with Pine’s body being discovered in an abandoned mine shaft, and the mystery gets grittier and more intense with each passing episode. It also delves into a dark secret from Cardinal’s past, and shows the evolving relationship between between the titular character and Delorme, who starts the season with an investigation into Cardinal.
Season 2 picks up from the solid base established by Season 1, and opens with a magnificent first episode. The story of Season 2 revolves around a mysterious woman, initially known simply as “Red”, who shows up in town with amnesia. Later, it is found that she has a bullet lodged in her brain, and that someone is out for her head. The season follows Cardinal and Delorme as they seek to uncover Red’s identity and her pursuers, and is a gritty tale of crime, betrayal, and loss.
Season 3, too, begins on a strong note with Cardinal trying to come to terms with the suicide of his beloved wife, Catherine. However, as the story unfolds, Cardinal begins to question whether Catherine indeed committed suicide, while being involved in the investigation of a mysterious double murder.
While Season 1 of ‘Cardinal’ did not enjoy much attention from the press or the audience, the show slowly grew in stature as international audiences and critics alike came to realize the intensity of the gritty, and often spine-chilling crime drama set in mesmerizing, circumstantially sinister landscapes. For instance, The New York Times, in its review of the show, wrote, “‘Cardinal’ isn’t the most original show out there, but it is beautifully shot and well plotted. If you like British or Scandinavian crime thrillers (and their torture scenes) and whisper-talking, try this.”
In a similar vein, The Australian wrote, “‘Cardinal’, though, is stronger, more accomplished and ambitious, with a kind of plangent undercurrent that sets it apart, though its creators do an excellent job of keeping you visually entertained…The crime scene sequences in the wide expanse of ice, the abstract poetry of all the white-suited forensic police, are both beautiful to look at and filled with a kind of aching sorrow. Like so much of this series, the scene where the body, entombed in a huge block of ice, is lifted by crane is breathtaking.”
As this realization grew, ‘Cardinal’ got nominated in 12 categories at the 6th Canadian Screen Awards in 2018, and went on to win in six of them, including the award for best actor in a limited time/television show. The show enjoys an overall rating of 7.7/10 on IMDb, while Season 1 of the show was given an impressive score of 89% on Rotten Tomatoes.
Cardinal Season 4 Release Date: When will it premiere?
Cardinal Season 3 premiered on January 24, 2019. Now that Season 3 of ‘Cardinal’ has come to an end, fans will be delighted to know that a fourth season of the gritty crime drama is in the works. CTV had, prior to the release of Season 3, renewed the show for a fourth season, and had announced the renewal in June 2018.
However, as of now, there is no word on when Season 4 is going to air, so do check this section from time to time as we will be updating it with the latest news about Season 4, and tentative release dates. That said, considering the fact that CTV had released Seasons 1, 2, and 3 in January 2017, January 2018, and January 2019, it would be reasonable to assume that Cardinal Season 4 is going release sometime in January 2020. We will update this section as we hear more.
While you wait about the release of Season 4, here’s the trailer for Season 3 of the show, in case you’ve missed it. We will be updating this section with the trailer of ‘Cardinal’ Season 4 once CTV releases the same, so do check back for updates. However, it’s unlikely that CTV will be releasing a trailer before 2019 end.
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