THE PLOT THUS FAR
Three intriguing new whodunits!
Kevin Whately and Laurence Fox return for a seventh season of the beloved Inspector Lewis series. Hathaway has been promoted to Inspector after an extended break from the force, and Lewis is adjusting to retired life until he’s asked to team up with his old colleague. Season 7 includes the three absorbing mysteries below.
The Greater Good – Hathaway gets to work on his first case as an Inspector, with the help of his new partner, DS Lizzie Maddox. Lewis, struggling to adapt to retired life, jumps at the chance to rejoin the force when Superintendent Innocent seeks his help.
The Lions of Nemea – After a difficult start, Lewis and Hathaway seem to have settled back into their former relationship, and Maddox has become integral to the team. Their abilities are tested as they investigate the brutal murder of Rose, an American Classics student.
Beyond Good & Evil – Thirteen years after Lewis’ first successful arrest as a Detective Inspector, the forensics have been called into question and the case re-opened for appeal. Lewis fears the worst but nothing can prepare him for a new string of murders resembling the original murders with the original weapon.
WHAT WE THOUGHT
Kevin Whately is a stand-out as Inspector Lewis, a diligent yet sympathetic policeman who wears his middle-class background as proudly as he does his badge. It’s nice to see Whately taking the helm in this series as it’s lead after playing the wingman in the “Inspector Morse” shows for so long. He doesn’t try to assume the John Thaw role but instead keeps this character all his own. James Fox is the perfect fit as his younger, book-smart partner Hathaway, a dude who can quote just about anything from anywhere, thanks in part to his scholarly background in Theology.
British legal drama is quite a taste to maintain. I find myself at moments ignoring the developments of certain cases, not because they are dull, but because I am so consumed by disclosure of personal details and the repercussions amongst series regulars. Their lives matter to us, greatly, and their relationships are not completely static. That being said, it’s basically another legal eagle show. Say what you will about a show, but a leopard usually never changes its spots. I do have to admit that I found the opening of this season to be more of a slog. But, that’s typical for a British show that runs this long. The Whovians know that I do make exceptions.
The Blu-Ray comes no special features. However, you get a stunning British drama in HD. For things that aren’t Downton Abbey or Doctor Who, that is pretty hard to come by in America. The 1080i transfer pops, while the Dolby 2.0 track remains lossy. In the end, I’d recommend a purchase.
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