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Wrapping in Morse's passion for opera and crossword puzzles, Endeavour is most interesting for the light it sheds on the character development of young Morse.
Although Morse is the star of the show, using his crossword-solving powers to crack the case, he is, in effect, the sidekick for once.
It is a suitably complicated and pictorially engaging work of period suburban mystery.
You don't have to be familiar with the Inspector Morse series in order to enjoy Endeavour. But the experience will be many times richer if you do recognize this new film as a prequel to the old show.
Whether the Endeavor pilot, which drew an impressive 8.2 million viewers in Britain, will delight the die-hard Inspector Morse fan is questionable.
Endeavour is wonderfully entertaining on its own, but what puts it over the top is its loving respect for John Thaw. In that regard, it is a just tribute to a great and beloved actor.
Audience Reviews for Endeavour: Pilot
Mar 27, 2016This series is a worthy beginning for the juggernaut that became the Inspector Morse franchise. Shaun Evans is brilliant as young Endeavour, as is Roger Allam as Inspector Thursday. It is my hope that this series runs fully as long as the original did. ????????
Jul 05, 2015I'm an old fan of the Morse series, and thus approached this prequel with some trepidation, but this turned out to be gold. Well written script with some really good scenes - especially the one at the end where they mixed the apprehending of the murderer while singing soulful opera with her subsequent suicide, great acting by both Allam and Evans and a really good recreation of the 1960s. Oh, and some love sent to John Thaw in the final scene. Great stuff!