Inspector Lewis (2006–2015)
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Fearful Symmetry 

After a pretty graduate student moonlighting as a baby sitter is found bound on a bed and smothered, it is found that she posed for provocative bondage photos.



(inspired by the Inspector Morse novels of), (screenplay)

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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Jessica Lake
Honey Addams
Nick Addams
Marion Hammond
Dr. Joshua Ezrin
Dr. Bob Massey
Davina Garland
Tom Garland
Yasmin Randall
Pierro Niel-Mee ...
Gideon Massey
Kyle Hutchinson
Silas Whittaker


Nick and Honey Addams return home to find their baby-sitter, Jess Lake, murdered. She was tied to a bed and indeed often posed for bondage and fetish shots for photographer Marion Hammond. She also worked in a university lab with her boyfriend Gideon's father Dr. Massey, who is divorced from his unfeeling wife Stanza. Honey admits that Nick does not have an alibi but he seems to have no link to the next victim, Jess's house mate Silas, whose corpse is also arranged in the style of one of Marion's photos. Lewis finds himself tracking a killer who is a seemingly respectable citizen but who has a split personality rendering them an obsessive. Written by don @ minifie-1

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Crime | Drama | Mystery





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22 July 2012 (USA)  »

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On the walls of Silas' room are various fictional comic-book posters and covers - including the cover for 'Black Storm' used in the Hustle (2004) episode Hustle: Missions (2005) See more »


We see a chess game against the computer (a online person). The woman (playing as black) makes a move and the PC says, "... pawn to E5" from the 7th row." This should be, "... pawn to D5." The 4th column on a chessboard is the D-column. See more »


Marion Hammond: [to Marion] I did three years in vice in Newcastle before I came down. That tends to knock the choirboy out of the soul.
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Row, Row, Row Your Boat
Traditional English nursery rhyme
Sung by Hathaway to Josh little Addams.
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Not one of 'Lewis' finest hours
19 June 2017 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

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' was a show that started off promisingly with the pilot and the first season, while getting even better with a more settled Season 2 where the show hit its stride. Season 3 was more of a mixed bag (not a bad season at all, but started a little disappointingly, though better than reputed, with one of the show's generally lesser episodes "Allegory of Love"). Season 4 generally was one of the better seasons of 'Lewis', with all the episodes very good to great, and Season 5 was solid with the only disappointment being "The Mind Has Mountains".

Season 6 started off very well with "The Soul of Genius", and "Generation of Vipers" was even better. Sadly with "Fearful Symmetry" Season 6 hit disappointment with also one of the lesser episodes of the show. Not awful, there are a fair share of redeeming merits, but this is not 'Lewis' at its best by any stretch of the imagination. This is not just saying that reading the indifferent reviews here, this is coming from somebody who has never really gotten into "Fearful Symmetry".

"Fearful Symmetry" has its strengths. As always, 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. 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. Clare Holman adds a lot, and Innocent has been better written over time. Of the supporting turns, Gary Kemp and Lucy Cohu give lively turns.

Production values are of very high quality. It's beautifully shot as always, 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.

There is some nice interplay between Lewis and Hathaway, and the whole thing with Lewis still being in touch with his offspring was a very nice quite poignant touch.

However, much of "Fearful Symmetry" feels very dull with a very padded first hour and the case never really comes to life or intrigues. The script is uncharacteristically not up to par. In particular a bizarre moment where Hathaway asks a scientist about souls, a poorly written head-scratcher that feels out of place.

Not all the support acting works, there is some over-acting here with a notable offender being Con O'Neill. Then there is a woefully under-explained and far too convenient cop-out ending, with the perpetrator being rather obvious this time round, that leaves more questions than answers, questions that beg for answers that never come.

Overall, a disappointment. 5/10 Bethany Cox

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