So there we have it folks the end of series two and what a finale we had; child abuse and conspiracy were the themes of this week’s episode as Endeavour veered towards the darker side of policing.
It all started innocently enough for our favourite detective; a journalist murdered. Nothing overtly suspicious and then suddenly it got a lot deeper and darker very quickly and when I say quickly, I mean it. A missing child quickly becomes a witness to a horrific crime and murders a plenty. It soon becomes clear that there is a link between the people involved in the case and it’s an old correctional school called Blenheim Vale. It appears that Blenheim Vale may have a lot to hide in terms of a suicide, unexplained departures of boys and abuse.
It seemed that there was an equal amount of suspicious activity going on in the police headquarters this week with the talk of a merger between forces, including Morse’s own Oxford City to form Thames Valley Police, a name synonymous with the later Morse and Lewis stories. However all is not as it seems and quickly a conspiracy comes to the forefront, leaving Thursday and Morse questioning who they can trust. It appears that this conspiracy has been formulating since the start of the series, with many of the elements that I mentioned in the review of episode one now coming into play.
And that was what appeared to me to be particularly effective in this finale; all the story arc elements, some obvious and some not so, that have been gathering over the series finally came into play in this episode. Unlike some other shows on TV at the moment, all these elements seemed to come together in a plausible way the odd behaviour of Jim Strange, the missing pieces of evidence, the masonic link.
The standout performance for me this week, apart from the impressive regular performances (especially Shaun Evans considering Morse’s difficult situation), has to be Jack Laskey and his performance of a tortured DS Jakes. Jakes has been an interesting character to watch through the series, usually full of himself “Neverland” saw a different side to him. A beaten child who still lived with the terrible consequences of a horrific childhood.
It’s been a long time since I encountered a programme on television where I was actively willing the adverts to move more quickly, but this week’s Endeavour was definitely one of these moments. The continuous tension building, followed by advert break after advert break, does not seem to be lost on Twitter where many frustrated users vented over the level of advertisement during Endeavour.
The ending was a masterpiece of drama leaving the viewer suitably confused, angry and desperate for a new episode. Endeavour took a leaf out of the book of Sherlock this week with the ending leaving us fretting over the lives of our favourite characters and hoping that ITV commissions a new series and soon. Now all I need to figure out is what to do with my Sunday nights… Vera?