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It would be impossible over the course of eight seasons -- of any program -- to please every viewer with every episode. And certainly, the denouement of Terminus, with its choreographed and seemingly endless explanation presented in near Greek Chorus style by multiple bad guys deeply strains our credulity while simultaneously reminding us of how TV and films were done in the early 1970s. So hats off again for sticking to its principles -- because Endeavour always achieves verisimilitude in unique style. For a single example, while we are exposed to multiple ways of seeing newspaper headlines throughout this series, Terminus actually resorts to that lowest 70s rung: the flat, copy-shot newspaper headline images that were such an expedient favorite of TV and film of the time and, of course, the cheapest possible method of moving a story along. Mix in troubling hairstyles, fashions found only on the set of Space 1999, Burnt Umber, interiors suspended between the distant and recent past and it's easy to feel as uncomfortable with the visual world of this series as we are with Morse's excessive dependence on drink.
As the decades roll one into another I have been at times given a curious sense of genuine nostalgia for what the series leaves behind. To its profound credit Endeavour insists on moving forward, on not relying on a comfortably and predictably frozen past. For those two things alone, I have to thank and congratulate Endeavour for providing me with an experience no other series has offered.
Continuing its downward spiral Endeavour hits what must surely be rock bottom with pantomime pastiches of Agatha Christie and 70s “confessions” films. Directing, screenwriting, incidental music, all take a nosedive, and some of the supporting cast are very poor, something that could not be said of previous series whatever else their failings. All in all it puts me in mind of the time in S3E3 that Strange gives morse a James Last LP. The best thing Mr Russell Lewis can do is sit down and watch the pilot episode to remind himself of what he should be turning out, as opposed to the self indulgent dross of the last 2 series.
Love this series, love all of them: Inspector Morse, Lewis and Endeavour. I regularly rewatch them as I like the cast, the plot, the language. The English language is something I enjoyed learning, later teaching and now just hearing it on TV. The series is really very well done, the cast perfectly chosen, the plot intriguing.
This only contains three episodes but they are of the same high quality production as the previous series. Really could have put some extras on here to make it more worthwhile. Not the best series but pretty good all the same.