|The Frankfurt-Tipp rating - Movie:
|Endeavour – Series 7
|Shaun Evans, Zam Salim, Kate Saxon
|Approx. 270 min.
|From 12 years
|Number of discs:
|German, English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
Content: New Year's Day 1970: Endeavour Morse (Shaun Evans - thankfully without a moustache again) enjoys his well-deserved vacation in Venice with a visit to the opera and a love affair with the attractive Violetta (Stephanie Leonidas). Finally, Morse seems to be really happy for once. But reality soon catches up with him again. Because while he was away, Thursday (Roger Allam) had to investigate the murder of a young waitress in Oxford, who was found on a riverside path on New Year's morning. When Morse takes over the investigation and questions Thursdays previous findings, it comes to tensions between the two, which will increase in the further course. For more bodies are found on the shore path, pointing to the deeds of a serial killer. In addition, the investigators also have to deal with racial unrest and some fatal accidents. And as if all this wasn't stressful enough, their relationship with Violetta also takes an unexpected turn....
"The young Inspector Morse"offers in three new episodes in feature length again first-class crime entertainment. This time, the three episodes, directed by lead actor Shaun Evans among others, are closely interrelated. Although there are storylines that are concluded in the respective episodes. Nevertheless, at the end of this seventh season, a round overall picture emerges, which will have dramatic consequences, especially for Endeavour, but also for other people from his environment. Without giving too much away, it's downright heartbreaking to see happiness being held up to our cherished investigator, only to have it destroyed again. How this happens is particularly tragic, which is why this season leaves a lasting impression even more than its predecessors.
For me, it has always been one of the great strengths of this series that the creators have always given the individual characters enough room to develop further. And as is the case in real life, such developments are not necessarily positive. In this season, this applies especially to the relationship between Morse and Thursday, but also to Endeavour's private life or the marriage of his superior Mr. Bright. One may be curious how the events of these episodes will affect the beloved characters in the next season.
The hunt for the alleged serial killer is just as exciting as other elements that are built into the three episodes. As unfortunate as it may be for fans that you only get very few episodes per season, the variety of plot elements that are coherently woven together here must be positively highlighted. So you have at the end of the last episode quite the feeling that the season was clearly more extensive, so much happens in the three episodes - without these overloaded or the individual storylines seem unausgegoren.
"The young Inspector Morse" remains in season 7 one of the very big genre highlights in the current series landscape. There remains actually only the hope that the eighth season is not, as it unfortunately seems to be the case at the moment, the end for this great crime series. From me, there is clearly again a more than deserved: Absolutely worth watching!
Picture + Sound: In addition to the filming locations in Oxford, the seventh season also takes the viewers to Venice, where a few very atmospheric images were captured. These come across well on the DVD thanks to good image sharpness and powerful colors. Minimal deductions in the B grade are made in darker scenes, where slight blurring is noticeable. All in all, however, the visuals are once again on a good TV level. The same applies to the sound: The 5.1 mix leaves a thoroughly positive overall impression with the well understandable mixed dialogues, a few small sound effects and the appropriately matched music. Of course, no cinema level, but for a crime series absolutely satisfactory: Good!
Extras: On the second DVD is next to the third episode of the season also about 20 minutes of bonus material. This consists of some insightful interviews (9:26 min.), as well as three featurettes (8:34 min.) about the 7th season, about new love and friendships, and about the 70s look of the new episodes. Worth seeing!
Conclusion: The seventh season of the successful crime series "The Young Inspector Morse" again brings great changes for the characters - first and foremost, of course, for Endeavour Morse, which we experience at the beginning unusually happy. But in the following four and a half hours, it becomes not only exciting, but also dramatic and regelecht tragic. The three new episodes, which are presented on the DVD in good picture and sound quality, are well acted and grippingly staged. In addition, there are about 20 minutes of worth seeing extras. All in all, quite clearly: absolutely recommendable!
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