'Masterpiece Mystery: Endeavour Series 2'
(Shaun Evans, Roger Allam, Anton Lesser, Jack Laskey, Sean Rigby, et al / DVD / NR / 2014 / PBS)
Overview: 'Masterpiece Mystery: Endeavour Series 2' consists of four episodes, each approximately 90 minutes in length. Russell Lewis, the author of the season one episodes remains at the helm and he is at the top of his game.
DVD Verdict: In the first episode, 'Trove,' set in 1966 there is lots going on in just the first few minutes of screen time! Morse is on medical leave due to having been shot in the last episode of season one, activists set out to frighten a young beauty queen, and a jumper jumps from a high building top. Are they all linked? Especially as its the 900th year anniversary of the 1066 Battle of Hastings. Morse, now back in the squad room believes so. Not at his best game, Morse gets things wrong, but his boss Inspector Thursday sticks with him and sure enough come the end and Morse has a handle on things.
In 'Nocturne,' we open on a near-empty museum, save for some schoolgirls and the specialist in heraldry and genealogy, Adrian Weiss is brutally murdered. Set to the backdrop of the 1966 World Cup Finals, and a similar murder of a 12-year-old girl at her boarding school leads Morse to delve into a 100 year old murder mystery of a family with connections to India and an inheritance. A further subplot of possible hauntings at that very same boarding school definitively add a little spice to this episode.
In 'Sway,' a housewife found strangled with a silk stocking in her own home is the third death in a month. All the women were married, alone and their wedding rings missing. Tracing the stockings to the sole supplier, Burridges department store, we find that we (the viewer) are immediately presented with en masse of male suspects! Inspector Thursday also comes face-to-face with his own blast from the past which leads to complications in his family life - and with Morse.
And in the final episode of this series, 'Neverland,' a boy, with a brutal belt-whipping father, is reported missing from his home. Around the same time the body of a journalist is found on a railway line and within days an escaped convict, with months of his sentence remaining, is found dead face down in water. The two men have connections with Blenheim Vale, a disused correctional facility for boys, soon to be redeveloped as a new police headquarters in a reorganization of the local forces. Thursday and Morse's investigation lead to a property developer and corruption in high places - including missing police evidence in Morse's last three investigations. The ending is perfect, save for the fact that our boy Morse gets fitted up like a kipper! This is a Widescreen Presentation (1.85:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs.