My review of last week's episode: Trove
This week’s episode of Endeavour takes a Scooby-Doo twist, complete with a haunted mansion, creepy little girls, and a historical mystery. Most series have one or two murder-in-the-past episodes, practically all the Sherlock Holmes short stories have some link to history, with Poirot it’s Five Little Pigs and Elephants Can Remember, with Father Brown The Sign of the Broken Sword, with Morse The Wench is Dead.
Endeavour goes back to a mass murder in the 1800s. Morse becomes involved while investigating a murder in a museum. Questioning witnesses leads him to a girls’ school, where a small band of students are staying for the summer holidays. Soon enough he senses foul play and delves into the place’s history, discovering the legend of Bloody Charlotte, the only survivor of the Victorian massacre, and possibly the culprit.
Needless to say, this means the house is haunted, and quite a few heart-thumping sequences ensue. Honestly, Morse and Thursday (while showing their usually quality) take backseat to the small, earnest drama in the school, and the excellent performances from the young actresses.
All the same, the Morse-Monica romance takes an expected twist, and it remains to be seen if we’ll be revisiting that situation. On the humor front, football plays a large role, with Morse’s total disinterest contrasting with the avid fanaticism of everyone else at the station (including Thursday.) Strange has a few amusing moments—I hope we get to see more of him in future, and what with the whole Masons thread, I wouldn’t be surprised.
Also, Colin Dexter Cameo Alert!
And another enjoyable segment with Abigail Thaw, who reminds me so much and so little of her father. But it's bad form to bring him up every time she's mentioned; she's a great character and actress in her own right. It's still a little bizarre for her to call Evans "Morse," however, and this seems to be emphasized.
Overall, quite a fun episode—excellent for the first two thirds, but the ending doesn’t work (when does it ever?)