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Welcome to Oxford. Population: 14, all of whom fit into the plot... - Blather. Rants. Repeat.
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Welcome to Oxford. Population: 14, all of whom fit into the plot...
Murder rate: higher than Detroit, or even Crabapple Cove.

Yes, we finished Series 2 of Endeavour tonight- no thanks to Channel 17, which insisted on playing the Stop The Film game from Blackmail several times in the proceedings to hit us up for money (including a $1,000 set of Every Morse DVD Ever Recorded). In the end, though, such as it was....



the film largely stopped itself, as it ended in a cliffhanger on numerous levels after 80-ish minutes of intrigue, layer upon layer of plot, and the show's two stars left, if not hanging, certainly in peril.

Plenty of paying-forward going on. The episode introduced the futurestory of Oxford City Police turning into "Thames Valley," the real constabulary in those parts which Morse would go on to work for (but Lewis oddly, would not). There's also an incredibly touching scene between Morse and Thursday where, amidst much talk of mortality, the younger Endeavour quotes A.E. Houseman's lines, the same ones that titled and ended John Thaw's final appearance in the role decades later/ago:

Ensanguining the skies
How heavily it dies
Into the west away;
Past touch and sight and sound
Not further to be found,
How hopeless under ground
Falls the remorseful day.


WE know now, quite clearly, who most of the good and bad guys are, but I'm not sure the high-level good guys know. Only Morse and Thursday really know, and neither is being listened to at the end of the episode, for different reasons.



At this point, I'm going to try avoiding anything that might spoil where this goes from here. I have my suspicions, but then so did Morse, and look where that got him.
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