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Inspector Lewis (WGBH/Mystery!)


Picture: C+     Sound: C+     Extras: D     Telefilm: B-



Spin-offs are not easy and are also very tempting, though these days, they are being done mindlessly and pointlessly.  In some cases, waiting too long can also be a problem, but Inspector Lewis (2005) is not too long after John Thaw’s time as Inspector Morse (reviewed elsewhere on this site) was such a phenomenal hit.  Kevin Whatley is the title character, a former assistant and friend of Morse who is back and already poised to solve a strange murder case involving the sale of a sport car company to the Japanese.


Still a police procedural more than a mystery, it is not a bad debut telefilm and is haunted by the Morse show and character.  Fans of Morse will love the Jaguar moment.  It has the clichés of the new boss who wants to marginalize Lewis, the potential new partner and the “coming home” syndrome too many shows have suffered since the 1980s as if they were undoing progress.  Hopefully, any follow-ups will not be leaning towards that kind of awfulness.  They should stick to the better elements that made this story work, with interesting characters and situations.


The letterboxed 1.78 X 1/16 X 9 image is not bad, but has some micro-detail issues from the digital transfer.  Too bad this was to anamorphically enhanced, since what looks like HD shooting is not bad.  The Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo has no major surrounds, but is clearly mixed and recorded.  There are no extras.



-   Nicholas Sheffo


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