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5.0 out of 5 stars
Lewis Atop Detective Fiction, 12 Mar 2008
I have seen the first instalments of Lewis Series Two and have been fascinated by the characterization and plot-twists. All the production qualities of Morse are there: extremely high-quality writing, direction, photography and acting. The only thing missing is Mr Thaw, alas. But, given we cannot have the great man back, Mr Fox is proving to be a superb replacement. Lewis' own character has plausibly matured. Yes, he does have a certain bitterness of life which Morse had - but convincingly portrayed and arrived-at via a rather different path of loss. Lewis did, in the latest episode demonstrate a cursory knowledge of Wagner certainly - perhaps slightly over-done. However, given all the time he spent with Morse this did not seem (to me) too unreasonable - and was certainly not a major part of the drama.
I have the entire Morse DVD collection and watch most episodes quite frequently. Using analysis it is possible to pull them apart too - possible to pull almost anything apart. However, Morse had a certain magic forged in those production values and the chemistry of the two main actors. I am delighted to say that Lewis, to a very large degree, replicates that for me.