If you are a Christian who watches television, the oceans of choices are filled with lusus naturae and beyond. Few and handful are the prime cuts which are not poisoned by some condiment unapologetically slathered on your entree of carne and broccoli. Unfortunately, I found this to be true of Downton Abbey, of which I wrote, in their later seasons and which brings me to this series, Endeavour.
It began its broadcast life in 2012 in England and is now in Season 7 and appears to be destined for more. Of this, I am not surprised nor is anyone else who watches the series. It is the best of the best, to wear out the cliche, of British television.
The main character is played by Shaun Evans who simply convinces you he is none other than the younger DC Endeavour Morse. As bitter as bad acting is, is as delightful is Evans' enchanting dramatic exercise as the noble Detective, busy mastering his profession in the field of crime investigation while his somewhat awkward personality stumbles along, trying to catch up. He is an exceptionally engaging and utterly likeable crime wizard.
Always in range of Shaun Evans is Roger Allam, who has been around and in everything, with his expert self performing as DI Fred Thursday (yeah, Thursday). Unlike his American counterpart who would typically be antagonistic to the Morse character, Allam plays a slightly custodial role while thoroughly respecting the genius and appreciating the unorthodox style of the younger Morse. He slams a home-run as the amiable skeptic senior with a bone dry sense of humor.
The rest of the characters in the series are worth the mention but this post is brief. I will stop to say that it is obvious they were given considerable thought in their creation and presentation in the choice of actors and actresses with all of the accompanying accoutrements for this timepiece series which is set in Oxford, England in the 1960's.
I certainly do not have much time for entertainment either on the small or big screen however, when I do, I must have either quality or popcorn. The quality is, of course, a program such as Endeavour and the popcorn, cat videos on YouTube, what else? Seriously, Endeavour is par none and one nice thing is that it is absent of heavy British accents which is simply a curse to Americans who sing their words.
If you need an escape, a television vacation for a bit over an hour, this just might do and so far the usual gratuitous skin and frotagge common in politically correct British productions, which is insufferable and offensive for the Christian, is not notable. Of course, I haven't seen every season so it is likely that you may encounter a few bumps in the road but possibly because it is relaying human events which include the downside of our nature which on the screen, unlike in script, there must be a portrayal to some degree of illicitness. My hope it does not go too far.
I am not recommending this for any and everyone and not giving a blanket approval to every element of the production but, for the most part, it is a serious and mature program and very entertaining. So, with discretion in mind, if you give this a try or have already, let me know what you think.
*For those of you who grew up in America and were born before 1990, a season generally meant 26 episodes and anything less was termed a mini-series but as has been the style for the last 15-20 years, a season can be as few as 6 episodes. In the case of British productions from BBC or ITV from which we get Endeavor, they tend to be on par with American cinema dramas hence, you're watching what is equivalent to a theatrical release so the limited number of productions is understandable.