Endeavour

Endeavour

Series 1

DVD - 2013
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The continuing stories of rookie Constable Morse. The young Endeavour Morse is on the case, before his signature red Jaguar, but with his deductive powers already running in high gear.
Publisher: [United States] : PBS Distribution, [2013]
Edition: Full UK-length ed
ISBN: 9781608839230
Characteristics: 3 videodiscs (458 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in

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MartineVK
Jul 05, 2017

Beautifully done series (production values, acting, direction). Shaun Evans superbly handles the daunting task of being the younger version of the much loved John Thaw character Inspector Morse. The pilot episode was especially engrossing. They capture the period of the early '60s so well. If I (and some professional reviewers) have a quibble, it's the ludicrousness of some of the plots. Episode Three, Fugue, is particularly over the top. But it's still unmissable viewing.

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JULE MARY WHITMORE
Nov 09, 2016

I was hesitant to watch this series at first, having loved the original Inspector Morse series.
But this prequel series is just SO
good, wonderful cast, beautiful Oxford and good stories. 5 stars from me!

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twzrhd
Aug 17, 2016

5 stars
Still working on understanding the dialect but keeps our interest through the whole show. 5 stars.

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Onewhoissaved
Apr 11, 2016

"Pilot Episode", episode 1, introduces Morse to alcohol. The young man who said to everyone that "I don't drink" easily takes up what becomes his habit. Another glaring drawback to being Morse is his utter inability to land a girlfriend. What girl want to take up with someone smarter than she is and is more comfortable being separated from people than he is in being with people? "Girl", episode 2, has Morse solving the case but at the expense of alienation of the hierarchy. No one wants Morse looking in their direction and they will do anything t get rid of him. "Fugue", episode 3, shoves opera down our throats. I don't care to see a lonely person sitting with drink in hand listening to his records. Morse is not ever going to become friends with people because he doesn't know how. You just respect his intelligence but not his inability to make people want his company. Morse needs a makeover. "Rochet", episode 4, puts the young but coming Morse up against not jut his own hierarchy in the police but gives him a taste of just how dominating moneyed and positioned people are. Nut Morse is smart and gets his man. But he doesn't seem able to get his woman and probably never will."Home", episode 5, tries to launch young Morse unto his habitual use if alcohol and his limp. But this young Morse is a crack shot with the pistol and doesn't seem likely to be put off by body parts or blood like the older Morse exhibited. Still the acting the good.

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Vivica
Apr 05, 2016

We watched this on the strength of the original Inspector Morse Series because we so liked it...but this one...not so much...we didn't much care for the actor playing Morse...and the writing & plot was just passable...though we did like his mentor...all in all it just wasn't quite up to the quality of the original.

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talktimereader
Oct 20, 2015

I love this prequel to the Inspector Morse series. Well written and acted. And I love Oxford.

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StopHarperNow
Aug 26, 2015

Endeavour is a modern take on the old Morse detective series. It helps if you are familiar with the old Morse series because there are several inside jokes and references to it. But even if you haven't watched Morse, Endeavour is thoroughly enjoyable in its own right. Better, because there isn't the rampant chauvinism and awkward moments of Morse unleashing his manhood on his vulnerable female subjects... I give Endeavour five stars.

CranbrookLibrary Jul 31, 2015

It was a calculated risk to create a prequel to the beloved Inspector Morse series that paid off. Solid plots, character continuity, high production value and excellent casting make this British mystery series one to watch.

So well done! - excellent acting and production which puts the viewer into a believable 1960's Oxford setting, including attitudes prevalent for that time period.

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mjayh
Jun 16, 2015

The main characters are very likeable, and the production is excellent. However, a couple of the storylines were a bit farfetched and unconvincing.

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jimg2000
Aug 26, 2014

Morse: That's not enough.
Thursday: Sometimes it has to be. Not every question gets an answer. Learning to live with that's the hardest lesson there is.

Alice: That's why I liked you. You were difficult. Different, surely.
Morse: Difficult, definitely.
Alice: And awkward! You were all corners, socially.
Morse: Ah, well...
Alice: And so angry. Contra mundum. But yourself, most of all.

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