January 20, 2012

WHEN MORSE WAS LEWIS:

Clive James on why Morse still shows Holmes who's boss (Clive James, 1/20/12, The Telegraph)

A one-off harbinger to the adventures of Inspector Morse, Endeavour (ITV1) was a complete success right up to the moment when the plot collapsed into the usual tangle. Part of this triumph must be attributed to a strange fact. The storyline, nominally concerned with Morse when he was only a detective constable, has, except for the presence of his assistant Lewis, everything we learned to expect when Morse was a detective inspector: Oxford landscapes, music, classy murderess etc. We see him take his first pint of the stuff that will eventually kill him and instantly we are full of regret. The actor, Shaun Evans, looks as innocent as Billy Budd. Already we want him to live forever, if only to hear his voice, which is an uncanny imitation of how he will sound in the future. This could be the prequel to a new series that outdoes what it pretends to precede, as it were.
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