Endeavour: Young Inspector Morse

Every Sunday evening I grab the television remote to see what is going to be on Masterpiece Theater.

Over the years I got addicted to watching shows such as Midsomer Murders, Foyle’s War, Miss Marple, Poirot, Inspector Lewis who was Inspector’s Morse’s sidekick.

Inspector Morse.  The gray haired inspector who for many years told people his first name was “Inspector” when they asked.  We learn his first name in the last episode of Inspector Morse – Endeavour Morse.  He kept his name a secret out or worry that he would not be taken seriously if anyone found out his mother named him after her lifelong hero, Lt. Captain James Cook and the ship HMS Endeavour.  Cook commanded the Endeavour during his voyages of discovery.

Endeavour was broadcast here in the United States on Sunday, July 1, 2012.

Because it has been so long, since the last Inspector Morse – and he was killed off the show – as he had cancer in real life and died February 21, 2002, that when I saw the previews of the show I never connected the two.  Then on Friday, June 29, 2012, I saw another preview and realized that Endeavour was the young Inspector Morse.

After all these years, we were going to learn how the young inspector came to be the gray haired man his fan’s loved so well.

Watching Endeavour one learns when Morse first starting drinking, his love of opera, poetry, and vintage cars. And don’t forget the crossword puzzles.

For me, what made the show extra special was when  young Morse was asked, “Where do you see yourself in twenty years?” (or something like that).  He looked in the rear view mirror of the car he was driving and saw John Thaw’s face: that gentle gray haired gentleman.

Another thing that made the show extra special was to see Thaw’s daughter Abigail as a newspaper editor, even if it was a brief scene.

Endeavour will be available to watch on PBS dot org, click on Masterpiece Mystery, until August 1, 2012.


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