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Sad ending to a wonderful series. Perhaps the principal characters and co were becoming tired of the long running series. Frankly, I wish this series never finished as I have enjoyed it so much for more than fifteen years, even the re-runs. I am grateful that television networks still continue to do re-runs. I am sure many television viewers of my age would agree. I think Thaw and Whately were always wonderful together and I will miss them. In recent years I have seen other productions in which Thaw and Whately appeared (although not together). I still think of Thaw as Morse and Whately as Lewis. They were so good together.
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After 13 years and 33 episodes, Inspector Morse finally came to an end
in November 2000 with The Remorseful Day. It was certainly the end of
an era with the legendary Oxford detective meeting his maker, as writer
Colin Dexter thought Morse had run his course....
The year long investigation into the death of wealthy business woman Yvonne Harrison is sparked into life with the promise of new evidence.....Morse finds himself back on duty and learns that Lewis is in charge of the case....Will he agree to this situation? There is also the case of Morse's deteriorating health....
The very poignant image of Lewis kissing his mentor's forehead, and uttering the words "Goodbye, Sir" at the end, no doubt struck a chord with the millions of TV viewers who grew fond of this detective drama. Well done to Kevin Whately for that memorable performance.
Sadly, it wouldn't only be the demise of Inspector Morse the public would have to get used to. The untimely death of John Thaw from cancer in February 2002 not only left a big hole in the legacy of British television, but also in the lives of his many long-time fans. Suffice to say he will be fondly remembered for the many roles he played in his long career as an award-winning actor, including the classic Inspector Morse. The Remorseful Day is 10/10.
We just finished watching Morse from one through thirty-three here in
Japan over 8 months. So, for the Remorseful Day, we had a little
sayonara party for the inspector, Lewis and strange Strange. Well, the
thing that I didn't like about the final string of episodes was the
change in Lewis's character. He used to be so easy going and Morse's
idiosyncrasies never bothered him at all. But in the later stories,
Lewis is so irritable all the time. I didn't like that.
But, I will miss Morse and Lewis.
Ensanguining the skies / How heavily it dies / Into the west away; / Past touch and sight and sound / Not further to be found, / How hopeless under ground / Falls the remorseful day.
I love Inspector Morse. I have all the books and episodes at home, and it is one of my all-time favourites. I loved this episode. It was so heart-rending at the end, when Morse died, seeing as he was such an iconic character. John Thaw, one of Britain's finest actors, was brilliant here, as he was consistently in the series. His heart-attack was so well-acted, I was in tears before I knew what was happening. i read the book recently, and I cried at the end. Kevin Whately and the guest stars especially Paul Freeman also shone considerably in this episode, and the use of Faure's Requiem was truly effective .Thank you to everyone for a wonderful series, and may the spirit of John Thaw live on. I am kind of glad that Morse stopped, because I just can't imagine someone else playing Morse, I just can't. 10/10 Bethany Cox
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Almost too sad to describe in any detail. Lewis is itching to get on
with an old case that's been assigned him but Morse, recovering from
two peptic ulcers, keeps getting in the way and sticking his nose in.
When John Wayne put everything he had into his production of "The
Alamo," he had the same trouble with John Ford.
There isn't really much else for Morse to do. "Never too late to take up a new interest," he advises Lewis, peeping at a dreary bird in his back yard feeder. "Common house sparrow," says Lewis, deflating the white-belt birder.
A good deal of time is devoted to the case, which is as convoluted as most of the cases in this series, but resolves itself at the end into a case of familial jealousy and a daughter killing her sluttish mother with the connivance of some other kin.
Still, it's Morse's physical decline that occupies the viewer's attention and it must be said he handles it with as much panache as a gravely ill man can be expected to muster. At least when he collapses for the last time it's on the campus of his beloved Oxford.
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