Masterpiece Mystery: Endeavour
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Shaun Evans does a superb job, in what must have been a tough role to cast, following in the late John Thaw's classic role. Overall the acting is excellent, with Roger Allam playing an especially good supporting role as Inspector Fred Thursday.
The production team certainly achieved the feel of the old Inspector Morse series, with sweeping shots of Oxford colleges and the local surrounding area. This is an excellent stand alone British drama, but for those Inspector Morse aficionados there are many references to his future character that we see being developed, including a particularly poignant ending.
Endeavour [ NON-USA FORMAT, PAL, Reg.2 Import - United Kingdom ]
Endeavour has the same complex plotting, the same haunted characters, the same flavor, the same bureaucratic conflicts with other police personnel, and even more continuations from the originals. It is apparent that they deliberately worked very hard to retain the true ambiance of the Morse videos.
The actor playing the young Morse I was prepared to not like but came away thoroughly impressed by how well he captured the character that was well-established by John Thaw. It was a hard act to follow but he did it impressively well. By the end you just knew you were watching the young Morse and it was a joy. You even see the Jaguar at the car dealer and you just know he is going to go back and buy it and drive it for the rest of his life. There are many other blendings of the old to the new that are subtle but apparent to the regular Morse watcher.
I highly recommend watching this video and hope that you find it as enjoyable as I did. I know I will re-watch it in the future as I do with the other Morse videos.
And it would be even more amazing if they made more of the Endeavour videos in the future.
But in this case, the TV version has the complete movie.
The DVD is missing many important parts, not the least of which is the complete ending. Good grief.
The reason this is called ENDEAVOUR is that is Morse's first name, one which he has always hated but is oddly apt for him.
This mystery involves the murder of a teenager who was ripe beyond her years at age fifteen. Morse investigates a variety of suspects, including a high reaching prostitution ring plus a married Oxford don who was tutoring the girl. While investigating the don, he meets one of his all time heroines as the don has married one of his favorite opera stars.
There is the creation of a mentor for Morse, Detective Thursday, who is quite good as well. Morse is the better detective but he needs Thursday's mentoring and wisdom as he is in his rawest, unformed state as yet.
I have just read that after the success of this two hour standalone, a series of episodes will now be produced in the UK. I can hardly wait!
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Basically it's the same folks who've given us the Morse series and later the very successful (and very well done ) Sergeant Lewis series--and no complaints. In this pilot, sometimes a bit rough at the edges and certainly evolves into a bit of a melodramatic ending, a young Shawn Evans gives us great background--and understanding--of the inimitable Morse. It's a good biographical study--but only enough to give us a better knowledge of what makes Morse tick.
In this initial episode, a young (15-year-old) girl turns up missing and soon after turns up very dead. Young Morse is assigned to the case and, well, the story goes from there, with the usual Colin Dexterian-like twists, turns, reversals, and surprises. What is not surprising, of course, is that Morse is on the scene. We know what to expect.
For Morse fans, it's great having him back and the screenwriters have made certain that just enough of "the old stuff" is included to make the episode realistic and worth watching. It provides us to better know the later, older Morse--and it's exciting to catch the allusions to the later Morse episodes.
After this pilot, of course, the younger Morse will "come of age" and his character will step outside the obvious references to the older Morse and will stand on his own.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I thought the main character was weird at first, as the show went on he developed into a interesting character. Read morePublished 1 day ago by Edward
Absolutely love this series. Can't wait for the producers to create more.Published 5 days ago by American Express
A prequel to the Inspector Morse series, this is about the young Morse as a constable. Interesting mystery, good characters.Published 6 days ago by Peg
A period mystery set in 1960's England. Love the acting, the plot, the outfits and the cars. It's a bit dark,though. You've been warned.Published 6 days ago by MadamLibrarian