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'Continues To Add To Morse's Legacy Of Greatness'
on 22 April 2014
What I so love about 'Endeavour' is the fact that Shaun Evans is so one hundred percent the character that we saw John Thaw play. Because of this, watching these brilliant detective stories is truly like reading Thaw's Morse's biography. Evans has all of Morse's classic mannerisms worked out to a tee. From his love of classical music, his outbursts of frustration when dealing with those 'higher up' to his tendency to ' mentally live and breathe each case 24/7'.
In this second series we find out how Morse got his gammy leg and acquired that famous limp, we begin to learn (I suspect) the story behind why he never married, there is early evidence of his over-reliance upon drink and we get to see that even as a young man Morse was never a 'hell raiser' but always a man who loved quality, serenity and his beloved Jaguar...
Roger Allam is also also immense as Morse's boss, Fred Thursday. A traditional copper through and through, Thursday has Jack Frost's passion in pursuing a criminal and like Jack, if pushed into a tight corner, is prepared to take things into his own hands if needs be. What with other stellar performances from the rest of the cast, a brilliant attention to detail regarding the sets and the reflected attitudes/morals of the times, this second series of 'Endeavour' is a DVD to buy and enjoy many times over.
I'm not going to go into detail about each of the four episodes featured here suffice to say that all four are brilliant, original and thought provoking. Personally, I love how the series ends because to my mind it leaves things at a point where we just know there HAS to be a third series and on this evidence that is all that matters...