Coroner Preview: “In Bloom”

[Warning: General spoilers ahead.]

One of the positives to come out of the pandemic is the focus on and acceptance of caring for your mental health. To that end, there are also bad actors who prey on people trying to process the calamitous last year, and, in some cases, previous traumas that have been retriggered.

This week’s Coroner finds Jenny working solo to uncover the cause of death for a woman following that path of self-examination after she dies under mysterious circumstances at a mindfulness retreat.


Somewhat embedding herself in the seemingly serene surroundings, she soon realizes that the therapeutic process might be doing more harm than good, and that it served, in a way, to set the death in motion. It also pushes Jenny to do her own introspection about whether and how to respond to Liam’s letter.


Separately, we find out what Liam’s been doing in the intervening five months since he left. And after Mac resolves his own case fairly quickly — while dodging well-meaning ribbing from Malik about his secretive scheduling — he faces the results of his tests and gains a new appreciation for his dad’s desire to seize life, pandemic be damned.


Marsha Greene wrote the poignant script, directed by Adrienne Mitchell, who effectively layers a recurring dreamlike haze onscreen, mirroring the clarity the characters are trying to find that’s just beyond their grasp.

Coroner airs Wednesdays at 8 pm (8:30 NT) on CBC and CBC Gem. Seasons 1 and 2 are now streaming on CBC Gem. All our previous coverage, including my Season 3 conversations with Adrienne Mitchell and Morwyn Brebner, and Melissa’s new interview with Roger Cross, is here.

Photos Courtesy of CBC.

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