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  1. WatchrTina

    Escaping The Stones: The Cast In Other Roles

    So I was just watching an absolutely terrible episode of "Grantchester" on Masterpiece Mystery and resolving to stop recording it and to delete the remaining episodes unwatched, when who do I spy as a new clergyman in the neighborhood but Tom Brittney. You know him better as the young English soldier -- Lt. Jeremy Foster -- who comes to Claire's aid in "Rent" in season 1 and who dies at the Battle of Prestonpans at the hands of Dougal MacKenzie. So I did a bit of digging and it appear that James Norton is leaving his role as the Vicar in "Grantchester" and Tom Brittney is stepping into the role. Okay, fine. I'll watch. But seriously, episode 4.2 of Grantchester was pure, irrational dreck. If I want to watch an English clergyman inexplicably involved in solving crimes, the Father Brown series does it with much more humor and plausibility. Still, happy to see our Tom Brittney landing in a leading role.
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    Endeavour

    My binge-watch of Inspector Morse continues and tonight I got to the episode that was originally expected to be the series finale. It ends with Morse finally getting a girlfriend who is neither murdered nor a murderer AND he finally tells her and Lewis his first name -- Endeavour. He explains the two sources (his Quaker mother and his Captain Cook-obsessed father) and awaits a reaction, but gets none. So then he says, "Well I'm glad that neither of you is laughing." His ladyfriend seems to be struggling to NOT laugh but Lewis says "You poor sod." It WOULD have made for a good cap-stone on the series, but it's not the end and I have a few more episodes to look forward to. Oh, and I almost forgot -- the woman who jilted the young Endeavour Morse and marries an Oxford don instead DOES turn up in the original series. That episode makes clear that she and her husband have conveniently decamped to America (a posting at Harvard) during the time-frame of the "Endeavour" series so that is why we'll never see them. It's clear from the "Morse" episode that when he sees her (the former fiancé) it is the first time since she jilted him.
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    Endeavour

    Thank you for the recommendation but, alas, it is NOT on BritBox (I just checked). It's just as well -- I have several seasons of the original Morse to get through now (and then I'l probably have to just sit down and re-watch all of Endeavour again.) But I had to laugh at the name, George Gently because now I assume the recent show -- Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency -- was given that name as a nod to the prior show. Maybe. The Dirk Gently show was based on a book series by Douglas Adams (whose work I LOVE) and the book series might have pre-dated the George Gently TV series. I'm so confused. Let's get back to Endeavour. Great show and I am overjoyed that it has been renewed. Oooh, here's a little note from my Morse watching that relates to Endeavour. Last night I noticed for the first time that John Thaw DOES have a slight limp. (There was a close-up on his distinctive gait.) This was, of course, alluded to in an episode of Endeavor when he's being treated for a gunshot and his doctor warns him that a limp might surface later in life, especially when he is tired. That was a clever work-around because it avoids the need for Shuan Evans to have to alter his own natural gait in the next season. The episodes I watched yesterday also included references to Morse's having dropped out of Oxford before completing his degree. Apparently his scholarship was pulled due to his declining performance, thus forcing him to leave, and reference was made to his declining performance having had something to do with a woman. In Endeavour we don't really know WHY Morse left Oxford before completing his degree, do we? We saw in the pilot episode that he had some reluctance to return to Oxford and probably would not have done so had he not been ordered there for that special, all-hands-on-deck assignment. Bottom line: I'm enjoying spotting these breadcrumbs in "Morse" that shed light on the character of "Endeavour."
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    Endeavour

    I'm taking the plunge. I subscribed to BritBox and watched the first season (3 episodes) yesterday. It's not nearly as engaging to me (yet) as Endeavour nor Inspector Lewis (which I've watched via Masterpiece Mystery in the past.) But I've read that it is included in one of those "Top 100" lists of the all-time best UK TV series so I'm hanging on to the hope that either it will get better or I'll get used to Morse not being the crackling-smart 20-something detective I developed a wee crush on. I'm surprised to discover that I'm actually older than John Thaw was when he shot season 1. With that grey hair of his -- which came on VERY early apparently -- he looks much older than his age. I think that's part of the disconnect I'm feeling in trying to transfer my affection for the character of young Morse to old Morse. But I'll try a few more episodes before giving up.
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    Endeavour

    We saw in a previous episode that when violence is anticipated, guns ARE issued. I can't recall which episode included it (I've recently binge-watched all six seasons) but we definitely saw one earlier episode in which Bright gives the order to "issue weapons!" We've also seen Morse at the shooting range before. Back in an earlier season comments were made about how good Morse's marksmanship scores were (this was just before he took the sergeant's exam) so it's clear that being capable with firearms IS a requirement of being a cop in the UK, even if they don't wear a side-arm at all times like in the USA.
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    Endeavour

    No, it was the pilot movie I had missed -- the one where Morse meets a retired opera singer that he greatly admires. I just watched it. Loved it! That being said . . . as I tried to run through the time-line of the murder in my head afterward I realized that I couldn't do it. I could not reconcile the story of the young girl having been lured to a false meeting with her lover by the fake cross-word puzzle with the story-line of the young girls (plural) having been lured into a that orgy attended by the high-ranking ministry officials. I guess the orgy happened the previous night? And that's why the ministry official had an alibi for the murder? Alas, this kind of confusion is a situation I'm becoming familiar with when it comes to Endeavour. I love it. but its plots are COMPLEX.
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    Endeavour

    OMG, THANK YOU! I was SURE there was episode missing from my rewatch of the series this weekend. I could recall an opera-centric episode that I thought introduced us to young Morse but I couldn't figure out why it wasn't part of Seasons 1 thru 6. I'm off to hunt this down now as the cherry on top of my weekend-long Endeavour sundae.
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    Endeavour

    Okay I just watched the Season 6 finale for the second time and I have a few more comments. I love this show but DAMN it is confusing. I'm still not 100% clear on WHY the bad guys with the muddy boots killed the guy at the Bodlian Library. And can we talk about the muddy boots? I mean, seriously, how could they possibly track mud that far away from the quarry -- into the Bodlian AND into Dr. DeBryn's office? Don't they have mats in their cars? Aren't there mats at the entrance to the Bodlian? Hasn't ANYONE ever taught these guys to wipe their feet? I'm going to have to declare the footprints to be an absurdity and just look away. (Though I did like how it was the footprint on Morse's car door that made the penny drop for him -- causing him to realize that it was the men from the quarry who killed the guy in the Bodlian.) I also have a few quibbles about Hollis Binks -- the year-old corpse that still looked perfectly fresh when it was found after the building collapse. I know they said the body was sealed up in a wall in the basement but why would that have preserved it? It wasn't embalmed. That plot point beggared belief. I also had to wonder who was paying the rent or mortgage on Binks' house. We saw a year's worth of mail stacked up behind the door but shouldn't the landlord have come knocking by now about the missed rent? I guess we'll just have to assume that Binks owned the place free and clear (maybe he inherited it from his parents), that the gas and electric got turned off for non-payment, and that some of those letters on the floor are demands from the UK Tax board regarding Binks' failure to file his annual property tax return. But still, isn't it kind of sad to think that a person could disappear like that and no one filed a missing person report? I know his employer was a bad guy who pretended that Binks had resigned but didn't Binks have ANY friends or family to notice that he'd gone missing? I did love the bait-and-switch they pulled by making me think that Jago might actually be having second thoughts about his evil ways when it was actually Box who was struggling with being on the dark side (and Jago who was totally corrupt.) I have to confess that I was yelling at the TV at the very end on first viewing because I thought they had completely forgotten about poor, kidnapped Dr. DeBryn. I did NOT recognize him as the trussed-up individual that was lying in the truck bed at the quarry. I could not recognize him without his glasses and so I mistook him for one of the characters from the other plot line (the WWII vengeance plot line), even though that didn't make any sense to me. But I still don't understand why the muddy boots crew killed the Bodlain librarian. Perhaps that information was contained in the minutes they cut for the USA version.
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    Endeavour

    I just watched the season 6 finale on-demand (it's available via PBS.org.) If you have not watched and don't want to know . . . STOP READING NOW. Oh. My. God. That was GOOD. I am not kidding when I say I was on my feet cheering at the big climax. The show-down at the OK Corral has got NOTHING on Morse, Thursday, Bright, and Strange facing off against that batch of bad guys in the quarry. (OMG I loved Bright line announcing that the sirens were his TRAFFIC cops on their way.) And nothing could be more satisfying than to have Ronnie Box have a change of heart and save the day by taking out Jago. (I mean the red-head that Box shot. Let's be honest -- nobody knew his name.) That being said . . . damn, that was a lot to pack into one episode. I thought the whole episode was going to be centered on the building collapse and the shoddy concrete scandal but that only book-ended the episode. The central story was a WWII/Holocaust story (and a confusing one at that. I think I'm going to have to watch again to make sure I understand exactly what happened there.) I spent today literally doing NOTHING but watching The first two seasons of Endeavour and then re-watching season 6 in the run-up to the finale. I regret nothing. That was a great ride. PS: I love the resolution to the great question: "Has Thursday gone over to the dark side for real?" The answer is yes . . . for a moment . . . but he came to his senses (after getting an earful from Win AND Morse, which pulled him back from the brink.). That's really the only answer to that question they could have given that I would have found to be both satisfying and believable. Now I'm tempted to watch a few episodes of Inspector Morse to see if I can recognize Morse's house in the original series as the same house Young Morse buys in this episode. Oh and I LOVED when Bright got mobbed by the little girls who are fans of his because of his humiliating advertisements with the pelican (and thus was saved from the two bad guys.) What a great pay-off to that narrative beat (the ads) from a prior episode.
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    Endeavour

    Wasn't that was explained in the show? I thought they told us that Endeavour's mother was a Quaker and Quakers have a tradition of naming their children for virtues like Perseverance or Faith or Temperance. But it IS a weird name and hence his decision to known -- both professionally and personally -- as simply "Morse." UPDATE: I've just discovered that Endeavour season 1 and 2 are available on Amazon Prime. Oh goody. I'm getting NOTHING done this weekend.
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    Endeavour

    I just re-watched the episode from last season where the brother asks for the money and Thursday tells him "I'll have to discuss it with Win." So it's really interesting that, in the end, he decided to go ahead with the loan and clearly did NOT discuss it with Win. I guess he was just stalling for time to make his decision when said that to his brother. On an unrelated topic . . . can we talk about the character names in this show? Fancy, Bright, Strange -- are these the names of police officers or quarks? And have you ever met anyone name Thursday? (Okay there's Thursday Next, the female literary detective from the series of British fantasy novels by Jasper Fforde but that name is intended to be funny and fictional.) And don't even get me started on the fact that the sole female cop is named Trewlove while the female reporter/editor is name Frazil. How very Dickensian (and just a wee bit sexist.)
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    Endeavour

    I'm enjoying a binge-watch of the prior seasons (starting with season 3 -- I can't find 1 and 2 online) and can I just say that I am crushing on Shaun Evans HARD. (And yes I know Shaun Evans is an actor and Morse is the character he plays so quite possibly it's actually Morse I'm attracted to but, whatever. It certainly adds a frisson of pleasure to my binge-watch.) Previously in this discussion board I complained about the complexity of recent episodes and the season-long plot threads that are woven through the episodes. It now appears that that has been a characteristic of the show all along and I had just forgotten. I just finished season 4 in which scenes of a woman dealing out tarot cards appear at the start of each episode, but her identity and what it all means is not revealed until the last episode. So this business of having an over-arching, season-long story arc IS normal. I had just forgotten. I have to say I am enjoying the re-watch. I had completely forgotten about Morse having been falsely imprisoned and the later conspiracy to drive him out of Oxford even after he was cleared of the charges. Season 4 ends with his overdue promotion coming through along with him (and Thursday) receiving a medal for special services to the Queen, which I presume is due to their having prevented the plot to sabotage the nuclear power station -- though that was all deliberately vague due to national security ("official secrets" and whatnot.) I have to say, this is one show where you really do have to pay attention. (I really have to stop playing Candy Crush while watching.) I'd like to think that's just a mark of thoughtful, complex mystery writing but, alas, I'm afraid these edits for the American version are also playing a role. The upside is that since the plots ARE so complex you can do a re-watch (as I am doing) and genuinely not know "who done it." Oh and I had forgotten ALL that about Joan running off and getting involved with a married man and Morse finding her but not telling Thursday and then Thursday finding her (after seeing her phone # at Morse's apt) and beating the crap out of her married lover and then the married lover beating Joan, who then turns up bruised and battered at Morse's place. Morse gives her some money but later she turns up in hospital, pretending to be Morse's wife, having suffered a "miscarriage." Wow. I had forgotten ALL that. What a ride!
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    Endeavour

    Hmmmm. I just watched the latest episode("Confection") and I have to say I'm feeling really frustrated with this season because I canNOT follow the plot. That's true of every episode this season. I haven't struggled this much in the past but this season everything just seem so disjointed. I can never remember how anybody is connected to anyone else. As for the two over-arching plot line -- the investigation of Fancy's death and the seduction of Thursday by the dirty cops (not to mention Thursday's wreck of a marriage) -- they just seem thrown in. For the record, I assume Thursday is playing double-agent. I refuse to accept that he's on the take, though I suppose it's possible. Given that his marriage has been damaged by his having lost all that money he loaned his brother I suppose he could succumb to the temptation to get it back through graft. But if that proves to be the case, I'm going to HATE that. It would mean he's essentially been bought by the drug dealers who are putting out that killer heroin. Ugh. Also I scoffed so hard I nearly hurt myself at the notion that the candy factory would be essentially deserted while a cauldron full of hot chocolate was bubbling away. If there is candy being heated, SOMEBODY is on duty to monitor that.
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    Endeavour

    Can anyone remind me why Thursday and his wife are on the outs? Is it because Thursday loaned money to his good-for-nothing brother who can't pay it back and now Thursday can't retire and they can't go traveling as they had planned?
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    Small Talk: Chewing The Haggis

    Well, I'm having an Outlander moment. I'm doing a long drive tomorrow so I downloaded Outlander book 5 on Audible and am planning to listening to during the drive. So what did I just stumble upon on PBS? A special on Freemasonry in Scotland. (And as ye will recall there are some episodes in the 3rd season / book when certain characters we know and love are revealed to be Freemasons.) I love the synchronicity.
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