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British TV network itv’s hit crime drama Endeavour will return for a seventh season. The announcement was recently made on PBS’ official Masterpiece website following the airing of the finale for the series’ sixth season on PBS. That means that fans of the famed sleuth will have at least one more season to enjoy. The announcement, which is posted at to.pbs.org/31PxG7Z, states the seventh season will air sometime in 2020, but does not specify the air date for the season premiere. As audiences wait for the premiere of Season Seven, they can enjoy the series’ sixth season on DVD and Blu-ray. Released July 9, this latest season is another positive addition to the ongoing series. That is due in part to the season’s writing, which will be addressed shortly. The work of the series’ cast adds even more interest and appeal to the season. It will be addressed a little later. The bonus content featured with the season’s home release rounds out its most important elements. It will also be addressed later. Each noted item is important in its own way to the whole of the season’s home presentation. All things considered, they make the collection another positive offering from itv and PBS.
The recently released sixth season of Endeavour: Season Six is yet another positive addition to the series. That is proven in part through the season’s writing. Audiences will note over the course of season six, that the series’ writers do not just rely on all of the same storylines that made up the series’ first five season in terms of the crimes. To top it off, the character development – that ongoing storyline that started in Season One – continues to evolve throughout this season, too. In regards to the crimes featured throughout each of the season’s four episodes, fans of Law & Order SVU will find appealing the story in the season premiere, “Pylon.” The disappearance of a young girl leads Endeavour Morse and his now former partner DI Friday to an investigation into the Thames Valley’s seedy underworld of perverts, which leads to a years-old cold case being solved. The suspect in the case is someone that no one would have expected. The noted girl is eventually found, and her cause of death is just as unexpected. It won’t be given away here, but it is a plot element that has not been used up to this point in the series. The season’s second episode, “Apollo,” is a tribute to the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 mission. It serves as the basis of a murder mystery that also pays tribute to the late great Gerry Anderson and all of his supermarionation series. The murder happens, as it turns out, because of a love triangle between three people who are working on the fictional puppet-based series. “Confection,” the season’s third episode, is another whodunit centered on a romantic tryst. The season finale “Duguello” takes the season out on a bang as it takes in the all-too-familiar crime drama plot elements of corrupt cops and government officials for its basis. That is the extent of what will be given away here, but its outcome plays a key role in what happens at the Thames Valley headquarters. Again that element will be left for viewers to discover for themselves. All four stories offer more than their own share of entertainment and engagement for crime drama fans on both sides of the Atlantic. The fact that the writers continued on this season, to bring viewers new, twist-filled stories that will keep them guessing right to the end is in itself just one key element of the season’s writing. The writing involved with the season’s secondary story elements is just as important to note as that of the primary stories.
The writing involved with the season’s secondary stories – Morse’s relationship with Friday, Friday’s relationship with his (and Endeavour’s) new boss, and even Friday’s relationship with his own wife adds its own share of entertainment and engagement to this season. The writers are to be commended for how they handled each element within the bigger picture of the season. The change in Morse and Friday’s relationship is gradual and subtle. That subtlety in this storyline does just enough to leave viewers watching to see when the longtime friends’ friendship will finally reach its breaking point (and it does, too). In the same breath, Friday’s relationship with his wife creates its own share of drama too because of the subtlety in how it was approached. The balance of these secondary story lines with the primary story lines involving the crimes makes for more than enough entertainment and engagement. It shows once again why Endeavour remains one of the best crime dramas on television today if not the absolute best. While the writing at the center of Season Six does more than its share to keep viewers entertained and engaged, it is only one part of what makes this season work so well. The work of the show’s cast does just as much to make it so appealing.
As noted, the story line involving Friday and Morse’s friendship creates its own interest for viewers. While the work of the show’s writing team deserves its own accolades for that interest, stars Shaun Evans (Morse) and Roger Allam (Friday) deserves its own share of credit, too. It would have been so easy for the pair to go over the top as tensions rose between their characters, but being the consummate professionals that they are, that never happened. The same can be said of Allam’s work as he works on-screen alongside new co-star Simon Harrison (DCI Ronnie Box). The duo’s work together creates just the right amount of tension as their partnership progresses. Those developments play expertly off of the aforementioned work between Allam and Evans for a bigger developing story that shows in whole, just how hard the cast worked to keep viewers watching. Much the same could be said of Allam’s interaction on camera with co-star Caroline O’Neill, who plays Thursday’s wife Win. As the couple’s marriage seems to break down due to Thursday’s work life, it would have been just as easy for the pair to ham it up. Thankfully that didn’t happen in this case, either. The result is even more engagement for viewers. All things considered here, the cast’s work interpreting each script within this season makes for just as much entertainment and engagement for viewers as the stories that form the season’s basis. For all that it does to add to the season’s enjoyment, the work of the cast is not the last of the season’s most important elements. The bonus content that is featured with the season’s home release rounds out its most important elements.
The bonus content featured within the home release of Endeavour: Season Six is a series of featurettes that finds the cast discussing various aspects of the season. Harrison, Allam and Richard Riddell sit down to talk about the stylistic difference in law enforcement between Morse, Jango and Box in one of the featurettes. The featurette in question even presents a tribute to the famed British crime drama The Sweeney as Harrison discusses Box’s methodology. Fans of that series (which was the basis for FX’s former hit crime drama The Shield) will appreciate this mention, and in turn the noted relationships between Friday and Box, Friday and Morse and Box and Morse. In yet another of the bonuses, the cast talks about the tribute to Gerry Anderson in the episode “Apollo.” Viewers will be interested to learn about the episode’s tie to Anderson’s timeless series Thunderbirds with this episode, as well as the fact that the puppeteers had to be trained (yes, trained) in how to handle the puppets for certain scenes within the episode. There are also brief vignettes with certain cast members that features those cast members sharing fond thoughts about their characters and scenes that they recorded for Season Six. Some of those scenes made the final cut while others weren’t so lucky. All things considered here, the bonus content featured with the home release of Season Six is brief, but still adds its own share of entertainment and insight to the whole of the season. When that is considered alongside the engagement and entertainment guaranteed through the season’s acting and writing, it becomes no mystery why the sixth season of Endeavour is another success for the series.
Endeavour: Season Six is another strong new entry in the long-running crime drama’s run. That is proven in part through the writing that went into the series. Both the primary and secondary story lines show the strength of said writing. The work of the series’ cast is just as strong as the writing. The bonus content, though brief, adds its own entertainment and insight to the whole of the season’s presentation. Each item is important in its own way to the season’s whole. All things considered, they show why Endeavour continues to be one of television’s top crime dramas in its sixth season, if not the best. More information on Endeavour is available online now at:
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