Masterpiece Mystery: Endeavour
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Shaun Evans ("The Take") steps into John Thawas shoes as the younger version of Colin Dexteras iconic creation, Inspector Morse, shedding new light on the origins of the detective. In 1965, a reluctant Detective Constable Endeavour Morse was recruited into the hunt for a missing schoolgirl. Adrift in the midst of a full-blown murder investigation, Morse finds himself sidelined, discredited, and at a dead end. Facing down small-time thugs, big-time politicians, and the demons of his past, Morse begins his own quest for justice - risking it all as he edges closer and closer to uncovering a truth that will haunt him for the rest of his days.
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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.
I re-watched the pilot the other night, and I guess I now own it. I am delighted! I'd forgotten how deeply moving the story and performances were. Morse's keen intellect and observational powers are a consistent thread through this series and the "Inspector Morse" series, but the psycho-emotional origins of some of Morse's idiosyncrasies are brought to light, as devastating events unfold.
I think this is a classic, all on its own.
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.
In the second series, the racism of the time has been largely omitted.which I think is a failing, as younger people would be shocked at how blatant it was back then.
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 ]