PROBLEM: Seasons 1-5 on DVD and Blu-Ray were the “Full-Length UK Edition”, but Season 6 is the edited PBS version (the Amazon Prime Download is also the edited PBS version).
Each US episode is approximately 5-10 minutes shorter than the UK episode.
Five stars for Endeavour / one star for PBS Home Video = 3 star rating.
I have given up hoping that PBS will do the right thing and release the uncut Season 6 on Blu-Ray with a replacement program.
The fine print on the back cover reads:
"APPROX. 6 HOURS ON 2 DISCS - UK EDITION - VIDEO: HIGH DEFINITION 1080p” etc.
Since it does not contain the UK EDITION, it is clearly defective, and Amazon customers are entitled to a full refund within the 90 day period.
Apparently PBS plans to tough it out and pretend that nothing is wrong.
Don’t lose all hope. See the end of this review. *
Following the closing of the Cowley Police Station and the calamitous events of Season Five:
PHOTO 1: Chief Inspector Fred Thursday is demoted one rank to Inspector, and assigned to Castle Gate Police Station, where his new boss is the young, hip and thoroughly corrupt DCI Ronnie Box, played by Simon Harrison (left - grandson of Rex Harrison and son of Noel Harrison).
Thursday is humiliated, but he can’t retire: he lost his life savings in a bad loan to his ne'er-do-well brother, and now his marriage is in trouble. Thursday is consumed by self-loathing, and is apparently tempted by the dark side, as represented by DCI Box.
PHOTO 2: Chief Superintendent Reginald Bright:
Not technically demoted, but he has been reassigned from the Criminal Investigation Division to Traffic.
One of his first assignments is a TV Public Service Announcement about the new “PELICAN” pedestrian crossings. This is based on fact: the actual acronym was “PELICON”- PEdestrian LIght CONtrolled crossings (ie press a button for the walk signal), but the public insisted on calling them Pelican crossings.
The featurette devoted to Anton Lesser contains additional footage from Chief Superintendent Bright’s TV commercial that was not used in the American episode.
PHOTO 3: Woodstock Police Outpost:
Sergeant Endeavour Morse has been assigned to this rural police station which has no need for detectives, so he’s back in uniform (investigating missing horses). He’s so depressed he grows a moustache.
PHOTO 4: Austin 1100 Panda Car:
Police Sergeant Morse no longer drives a Black Jaguar Mark I (reserved for detectives). Instead he is assigned a ridiculous powder blue Austin 1100 Panda Car (they really looked like that). “Panda” is British slang for a marked police car.
PHOTO 5: Ford Zephyr 6 Mk III:
Reinstated as a Detective in Episode Two, DS Morse is assigned a Ford Zephyr 6 Mk III (Ford of Britain had their own automotive design department). Better than a Panda Car, but hardly a Jaguar Mk I.
PHOTO 6: Jaguar Mk I:
Morse and Thursday discover that their old Jaguar (license KAN169) has been scrapped for parts (pretty much a metaphor for Season Six).
PHOTO 7: Author Colin Dexter (1930-2017).
The creator of Morse was famous for his cameos on Morse, Lewis and Endeavour.
His final cameo is in the first Episode of Season Six: @ 1:21:57 on the Blu-ray.
De BRYN, TREWLOVE, STRANGE
Unlike Morse, Thursday and Bright, these three pretty much landed on their feet after the catastrophic events of Season Five.
-- Pathologist Dr. Max De Bryn was unaffected.
-- WPC (Women’s Police Constable) Shirley Trewlove was assigned to Scotland Yard, a clear step up from the Cowley Police Station (maybe we’ll see her again).
-- DS Jim Strange, Endeavour’s best friend on the force, was named to the Inter-Departmental Forward-Planning Steering Committee. This unexpected assignment may have had something to do with his being a Freemason.
By 1987 he is Chief Superintendent James Strange.
Season Six has four episodes on two discs, with subtitles + 35 minutes of behind-the-scenes featurettes.
Barrington Pheloung composed the music for Morse, Lewis and Endeavour.
But he is slowing down, and only wrote music for Episode Three of Season Six (though his Morse theme music is featured in every episode).
This season’s soundtrack featured 1960s Rock & Roll in addition to the usual classical music.
This may be appropriate for the period, but it is a cliché, and totally alien to the world of Endeavour Morse.
On the other hand, perhaps it’s meant to be an aural representation of the chaos surrounding Morse.
I’m guessing Morse would prefer a return to all-classical music for Season Seven (yes, the show has been renewed).
STILL NO SIGN OF INSPECTOR McNUTT:
In 1966, Inspector Thursday was contemplating retirement (Endeavour Episode 9 “Neverland”).
Just in case, he recommends that Constable Morse seek out Inspector Desmond McNutt as his replacement.
In 1990, Inspector Morse (John Thaw) visits retired DCI Desmond McNutt for help on a case (Morse Episode 15 “Masonic Mysteries”).
Morse describes McNutt to Sergeant Lewis as "my mentor".
No mention of Fred Thursday.
Season Seven of Endeavour, to be set in 1970, has already been announced.
Season One of Morse will air in 1987 (a safe prediction).
So we have 17 television years (as opposed to real years) for Inspector McNutt to make his appearance.
If Shaun Evans is still Morse 17 television years from now, we could also witness his introduction to Sergeant Lewis.
* HOW TO VIEW THE UNCUT UK ORIGINALS:
1) Move to the United Kingdom.
The UK Prime downloads are eight to ten minutes longer than the American Prime downloads.
My problem is that as a resident of North America I cannot view Amazon UK downloads.
You must have a United Kingdom address and a credit card from a UK bank to purchase UK Prime downloads.
2) You can wait for PBS to correct their error and issue the complete UK versions on Blu-Ray (I contacted them and am waiting for a reply). Hah!
3) If you can’t wait, you can order the Region 2 (Europe) DVDs on American Amazon: Endeavour Series 6 [DVD] .
It has the ITV logo on the cover, not the PBS logo.
But you will need a region-free player.
Go to ebay and look up “region-free DVD player” or “region free Blu-ray player” -- or you can watch it on your computer’s DVD drive.
There is no UK Blu-Ray.
4) Just the Missing Scenes:
I have found a website with all the missing scenes from Season Six, including the complete uninterrupted TV commercial with Chief Superintendent Reginald Bright from Episode 1 (Pylon).
That omitted TV commercial is more important than you might think.
In the final episode it saves Superintendent Bright's life.
morseandlewisandendeavour is the website
Amazon won’t let me post URLs, but Google comes to the rescue. In the Google search bar enter:
- Missing scenes from Pylon June 19 2019
- Missing scenes from Pylon June 20 2019
- Missing scenes from Endeavour Apollo July 5 2019
- Missing scenes from Confection July 5 2019
- Missing scenes from Degüello July 10 2019
(copy and paste is recommended)
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