Endeavour

Endeavour

Series 1

DVD - 2013
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The continuing stories of rookie Constable Morse. Shaun Evans (The Take, The Virgin Queen) stars as the young Endeavour Morse, before his signature red Jaguar, but with his deductive powers already running in high gear. Four new episodes and the pilot is included.
Publisher: [United States] : PBS Distribution, [2013]
Edition: Original UK ed.
ISBN: 9781608839230
1608839230
Characteristics: 3 videodiscs (ca 7 hr., 30 min.) :,sd., col. ;,12 cm.

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Nooksack20
Apr 10, 2018

Very good series which explains how Morse became Morse....and how he got his Jag.

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pattyskypants
Apr 06, 2018

I don't fully appreciate this . . . not the plots, nor the dialogue, nor the characters like the sleazy, chain-smoking, leering bully of a colleague or the chief who concerns himself more with the political implications of the crimes and the solving. I find myself to be rooting for the "underdog" Morse and then suddenly I'm angry at him for not sticking up for himself, for being so sullen. He seems to find no joy in this job; or the actor who plays him is zombie-like. So you see, there is just something BIG missing from this series and it's either on me or on them.

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bobbles1
Mar 06, 2018

Great series, Morse establishing his credentials as an intellectual detective with a love of classical music, mythology, and the classics, the basis of British imperialism in the world, great capture of English intellectual culture.....the entire cast is great.....if I have a quibble, it would be that there is considerable time and effort put into developing the plots of these stories, but then all the ends are tied up a bit too quickly, in a flash, making the head spin a bit trying to put all the pieces together.....the only solution is to watch them twice of course.....which is a pleasure.....

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ferm_dawg
Feb 14, 2018

Really disappointed in the first two episodes. Not up to British standards. First episode, at the end the wife for some 'reason' killed the girl and the boy, makes no sense at all except for Shock value. The second episode I got through half of it, couldn't figure the plot so I ejected the dvd and watched Dontown Abbey; so much better.

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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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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.

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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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