DATELINE: Disappointing Finish to Season
Inspector Morse has certainly come to the end of one line. Season wraps are often cliff-hangers, but this one seemed less definitive. There is no cliff and no hanging story. Morse’s entire Oxford station has closed and been re-assigned. He is now separated from most of his closest associates.
Like most series that attempt to close the loops of character stories at season’s end, the price is the actual mystery of the tale. Endeavour is so concerned with the loose ends that the big picture suffers in the final episode.
This season closer featured a few of the regulars in smaller than usual, compact scenes: Abigail Thaw, daughter of the original Morse actor, showed up for a funeral at the end of the show, in her role as the tough news journalist.
Thursday’s daughter seemed about to re-kindle her role in the life of Endeavour Morse, and the Thursday and his wife have split over trust issues.
The Chief has tendered his own resignation but has some solace in that those left in service will work to learn who was responsible for the death of one of their regimen.
As obvious, this mystery episode about Morse going under cover as a teacher at a hoity-toity school was really secondary to the wrap-up of a variety of story lines that have grown this season—and travel backward four other seasons.
We know only that the original series set in the 1990s featured the coroner and one of Morse’s fellow officers, in a supervisory capacity, twenty years later. Beyond that, we may come to the only other fact: Morse remained unattached, unlucky in love.
A sixth season will come next year. It will be largely unrecognizable in terms of the past few years. The deadly 1960s are about to give way to the overwrought 1970s. The series may be on its last legs.