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"Inspector Lewis" Music to Die For (2008)"Lewis" Music to Die For (original title)

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Another excellent episode

9/10
Author: TheLittleSongbird from United Kingdom
9 June 2017

Hearing about 'Lewis' for the first time when it first started, there was a big touch of excitement seeing as 'Inspector Morse' was and still is one of my favourites but also a little intrepidation, wondering whether the series would be as good. The good news is, like the prequel series 'Endeavour', 'Lewis' is every bit as good as 'Inspector Morse' and stands very well on its own two feet as a detective mystery and show in general.

'Lewis' hit its stride properly in Season 2, although the pilot was promising and Season 1 was mostly strong even if not everything had settled yet. Season 2 started off fantastically with "And the Moonbeams Kiss the Sea" and "Music to Die For", if not quite good, is no less inferior. Innocent again doesn't bring much and is not particularly interesting.

The acting is fine, anchored by Kevin Whately and Laurence Fox. Whately is again very good and carries the episode with aplomb, advantaged by that Lewis is much more developed and as said he has more development. Clare Holman adds a lot. Forgot to mention inexplicably in my review for "And the Moonbeams Kiss the Sea" that Fox is a breath of fresh air in a great contrasting role that reminds one of a more intelligent Lewis in his younger days and his sparkling sparring chemistry with Whately is a big part of the episode's, and show's, appeal.

Production values are of very high quality. It's beautifully shot (some of the best of the show at this point), and Oxford not only looks exquisite but is like a supporting character in itself. Barrington Pheloung returns as composer, and does a first-rate job. The theme tune, while not as iconic or quite as clever as Morse's, is very pleasant to listen to, the episode is charmingly and hauntingly scored and the use of pre-existing music is very well-incorporated.

Much of the writing is smart and thoughtful, some lovely droll exchanges with Lewis and Hathaway and some emotional impact. The story draws one right in and never lets go, with gripping twists and turns and a tense and surprising climax.

Overall, excellent. 9/10 Bethany Cox

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Wonderfully crafted episode.

8/10
Author: Paul Evans from Swansea, United Kingdom
3 March 2016

*** This review may contain spoilers ***

R.G.Cole is an ageing University don, a Wagner lover and somewhat outlandish in his behaviour, after a night out with friend, young German Richard Helm, he is strangled in his own home. Helm provides Lewis with evidence suggesting a link back to Morse. Meanwhile students Jack Roth and Milo Hardy literally fight for the attention of the beautiful Sarah Oriel.

This is a very, very good episode, the story is first rate, totally engaging, its deep and complex, truly manages to hold the attention. As always there is the wonderful accompanying music, which is somewhat toned down here. No gimmicks, no nonsense, just great story telling.

Lewis is particularly good, you see a big switch in his character, his intelligence has grown. School boy German.

Cheryl Campbell and Ben Batt steal the show, both are excellent throughout. I find myself wondering if Rebecca Front ever did much in the role of Innocent, a tiny part in this episode.

8/10

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Best of Inspector Lewis series I've seen

10/10
Author: rkersh from United States
22 September 2009

A nice piece of writing and well acted by the entire cast. I especially liked Tom Goodman-Hill as Richard Helm in this episode. The way he interpreted the character and brought a subtle performance in the role was brilliant. I hope to see more of him in the future.

I have always liked the chemistry between the Lewis and Hathaway characters, a tribute to the chemistry of the two actors in those roles, but I really enjoyed Goodman-Hill's character in this episode and felt it brought a certain flavor to the mystery. He is an under-rated actor.

I first noticed him in Death In Holy Orders, the P. D. James vehicle starring Martin Shaw. Hard to not enjoy these British mysteries . . .

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