We left off in series 2 of Endeavour with DC Endeavour Morse in a jail cell framed for a crime he didn’t commit and DI Fred Thursday rushed to the hospital after being shot. The two detectives now have four new complex murder mysteries to solve in series 3 in the often sleepy but never quiet university town of Oxford, dragging Morse reluctantly back to the job when a young woman is murdered. Thursday, meanwhile struggles with his health as the bullet that shot him is still lodged in his chest that could move and pierce his lung at any moment. Morse and Thursday find themselves investigating the death of a young man found in a local body of water somehow tied to a local playboy who likes to drive sports cars and a veteran magician; then there’s the case of an artist who dies in a house fire, that is suspiciously linked to local grocery chain owners the Richardson’s and the kidnapping of their daughter. In another case, Morse and Thursday must find a missing au pair who vanishes after her night classes; a case that turns very deadly when a tiger gets on the loose, and lastly, as Morse sits his Seargent’s exam, a garment factory owner is shot dead in an apparent robbery attempt. Each approximately ninety-minute long episode’s mystery is am intricately spun web of intrigue, deception, and unexpected twists, but ones that make sense. Endeavour continues to prove itself well-crafted mystery series.
The HD production for Endeavour arrives on Blu-ray from PBS in an AVC 1080p transfer that generally looks strong. Apart from some very mild posterization in darker scenes and a few hints of color banding, this a pleasing transfer with sharp details and natural looking colors.
As always, Endeavour comes to Blu-ray with an English DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 stereo audio mix. The sound provides clean dialogue in the center, a good balance of the orchestral score, which also sounds full and dynamically true, and a pleasing amount of stereo separation that carries the pastoral sounds of the Oxford countryside.
- Making of Endeavour (1.78:1; 1080p/24; 00:09:28)
- Interview with Shaun Evans (1.78:1; 1080p/24; 00:04:30)
- Interview with Roger Allam (1.78:1; 1080p/24; 00:04:26)
The Final Assessment
Fans of the mystery genre are sure to be pleased with these four intriguing episodes in the earlier life of famous “Inspector” Morse. Endeavour is lavish beyond its budget, complex, and thoroughly enjoyable to watch.
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