Inspector Robert Lewis and Sergeant James Hathaway solve the tough cases that the learned inhabitants of Oxford throw at them.


“Entry Wounds” was what I watched on this preview disc. Again, don’t think that this is indicative of the final product. That review will come much later. 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 DVD comes with no special features. The A/V Quality is on par with past releases. The transfer is standard definition typical for these shows. Plus, the Dolby 2.0 surround just carries the dialogue. In the end, I’d recommend purchase to fans of the series.

RELEASE DATE: 11/25/2014

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