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4.0 out of 5 stars Unbelievably, lives up to its legacy, 9 April 2007
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This review is from: Lewis: Series 1 [DVD] [2006] (DVD)
I write this review as a former resident of Oxford, but more importantly as a total devotee of Morse.

I was keen to see just how this new "spin off" (I hate that term!) of the Morse series would bear up to its predecessor. I was surprised then when all my feelings of cynicism dissapeared immediately after the first episode. I had suspected that ITV would attempt to cash in on the Morse franchise without attempting to give new life to that great legacy. But i was totally wrong. Obviously, avid fans of Morse will see the sometimes obviously deliberate attempts to give credibility to Lewis's new role with the occaisional and slightly contrived references by some of the plot character's references to past dealings with an inspector called "Morse", but these are nothing but affectionate references to Lewis's heritage when all is said and done.

the total reversal of the original formula, with a still solid and conciencious Lewis as the now Detective Inspector and his brilliantly created Detective Sargeant character "Hathaway", the scholarly academic, is absolutely brilliant.

I love it, the classic formula remains, despite a the sad loss of one of the most gifted actors that Television drama has created in this country to date.

The beautiful backdrop of University views remain, the academic setting with its back stabbing politics, the steadfast sometimes confused detective duo and the new musical score seems to just grow on you.

In summary, ITV seem to have made a genuine attempt to breathe an original new life into a well proven formula, rather than attempting to cash in on a "logo".

The only reason i have not given Lewis 5 stars is because pure sentimentality will not allow me to even slightly degrade the memory of "Morse".

A brilliant buy and well worth the money, to even the most diehard Morse fan. I hope to see another series.
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Initial post: 27 May 2010 11:46:26 BDT
Last edited by the author on 27 May 2010 11:47:18 BDT
OdaO says:
Lovely review! I fall in, in every way..! Although five stars from me!
Greatly missed, John Thaw, so resembling my late beloved father.. your sharp intelligence, and love of the arts and music in the role of Morse, have always inspired me.
So, thank you steady, gorgeous Kevin Whately, for keeping up the good work in your own right, to our great pleasure! Lewis' down to earth and direct way, is nothing but blessed! Please make as many episodes as possible, please stay!! Thank you, too, Hat(h)-a-way ;)
Just some brief, but consistant feelings, from a genuine and heart-throbbing Morse and Lewis fan!

Posted on 3 Feb 2012 08:24:12 GMT
Roxie says:
I have recently purchased series 1 - 5 they are absolutely brilliant. I had not given this much thought until recently when ITV ran a series on weekdays between 3 and 5 pm and I was hooked. The development of the relationship between Hathaway and Lewis is simply brilliant. I too like the affectionate references to 'Morse' and you sense the thought patterns displayed by Lewis follow those of his former 'boss' albeit conveyed in Lewis's own style.

I cannot wait for future series.
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