Endeavour, Mrs. Maisel, and More: Suffering Beyond Covid…

Maybe it’s just me but seeing the newest episodes of these two shows (plus other fan faves), I found them to be ‘rusty’...

I'm not sure if it was awkward camera angles or dialog that seemed ‘out of sync’ or what, but both shows seemed to have lost some of their former flavor.


Now in its last season, Season 8 of Endeavour (PBS)―which has been a consistent favorite of mine with excellent writing―somehow wavered this year, lacking the earmarks of the earlier show which I enjoyed so much. Endeavour, which portrays detective Endeavour Morse from 1965 to 1971 with his senior partner DI Fred Thursday in and around Oxford, England, seemed to be under new direction and maybe behind new camera equipment. The writing has suffered too a bit and isn’t what it was…Sadly, I don’t think it is going out on a high note.


The same applies to The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel (Amazon Studios), an award-winning show I enjoyed for its combo of music, era accuracy, comedy, and visual beauty. The first episode of Season 5, well…the dialog was hackneyed, forced and not funny…stilted, to fit a mold that now seems like a waning plot. As the episodes progressed, it got better. But only marginally. And it’s not the actors. It must be the writing…


As a screenwriter, it leaves me realizing again—Consistency, thou art a jewel!


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