Inspector Lewis

Inspector Lewis

Series 8

DVD - 2016
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Oxford's favorite detectives Lewis and Hathaway return for the eighth and final series of the hit series. Investigating the city's most complex and intriguing crimes, Lewis clashes with the new Chief Superintendent, who questions his traditional approach. Will Lewis decide to call time on his policing career? Meanwhile, Hathaway is forced to confront his past.
Publisher: [United States] : PBS Distribution, ©2016.
ISBN: 9781627897228
Characteristics: 2 videodiscs (270 min.) :,sound, colour ;,12 cm.
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May 07, 2019

From other comments, "my" DVD of Inspector Lewis, Series 8 differs from the other CPL copy in that the episodes are in chronological order. Theoretically, the episodes are listed as two-parters. Disk 1 contains "One for Sorrow" followed by "Magnum Opus." Or so itv, PBS, and WGBH would have you believe. A pox on all their houses for their "editing" of the episodes!! Sorrow moves past episode midpoint to the point of introducing yet another suspect, then clearing another suspect and then - WHAM! Cut to the PBS logo. No amount of fiddling, replaying, searching will produce the end of the episode. We don't know the ultimate motive for the murder nor are we privy to who that murderer is. Magnum's truncation is not so egregious. There is an abrupt cut from one character to another in a different scene, and we learn of the foreshadowed third murder when later, that murder is referenced in character dialog. We have an inkling of this murder but we don't know how, where or when. The murderer IS revealed as this episode retains its end. "What Lies Tangled" is the lone entry on Disk 2, which has room for it in entirety. Thank goodness as it offers closure of sorts to Robbie and Laura and it lays the groundwork for Inspector Hathaway to continue the Morse canon that detoured to Endeavor. Still waiting on that.

Nov 28, 2018

Excellent series of mysteries -- as usual given the rest of them. My only complaint is that Disc 1 presents "Magnum Opus" before "One for Sorrow". But "One for Sorrow"preceded "Magnum Opus" when the series was first shown -- and for good reason since it is in "One for Sorrow" introduces the new Chief Inspector Moody and is further developed in the next episode, "Magnum Opus".

Nov 20, 2017

This series is so good I can't imagine what could top it. I always had a soft spot for Lewis even back in the Morse days. Unfortunately, I didn't like Morse himself; his need to put everyone else down was unpleasant and tiresome.
But Lewis is a complex and delightful character, more fully developed than any others I can think of. And Hathaway is very easy to watch and to listen to. I love how they've worked out their relationship so that it's easy and doesn't detract from the crime solving.

Aug 14, 2017

Very sorry to see this series end. Great characters and well written.

What I like about British TV is they know when to end a series before it becomes too hackneyed. Well done.

Jan 25, 2017

Very poor ending to an otherwise absolutely fabulous series. Surely they could have found a better ending. Looks like different writers, directors and producers for this final series. Very lame.

Dec 13, 2016

Three murder cases involving those erudite folks associated with Oxford. However, no less central to them are the family life of DI Hathaway and how Lewis coped with his retirement. Good detective drama but not as engaging as the prior seasons in mho. (Best quote: "Life's... just a series of moments. That's all there is." See "Quotes."


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Dec 13, 2016

Wikiquote has some quotes from S1 to S7 but none from S8. So here are a few for now:
This isn't my fault.
-I didn't say it was. You're not the one who was round there every day. You're not the one he was calling in the middle of the night.
-I'm not far away, you should have asked for my help.
You knew he was ill, James. But it's easier to pretend nothing's wrong, isn't it? Leave it to me to pick
up the pieces yet again.
How's your dad?
-Going back up there at lunchtime.
Good that you're spending time with him, though, eh?
-Yeah, although he forgets I've been to see him most of the time.
He still enjoys your visits, though.
-He seems to.
Well, that's all that matters. Life's... just a series of moments. That's all there is. Tell Moody I charge extra for that level of philosophical insight.

Dec 13, 2016

They complemented each other. Singly, they were remarkable mathematicians, but flawed. Together, they were extraordinary.
Knots have their own theory?
-Yeah, there's some of them. But it's the ones in DNA that we're particularly interested in. If the human nucleus was the size of a basketball, do you know how long the DNA inside would be? 150 miles.
They're my Borromean Rings. I had them printed on the 3-D printer the other day. Three interlocked rings. But no two of them are linked. If any is cut, it disintegrates. Intriguing, isn't it? My favourite knot. I read somewhere that they were a symbol of love. Two rings, separate, held together by something... other. Without it, everything falls apart.
Twist and writhe?
-The particular set of moves that'll unpick a given knot.
Long flight. Nearly 24 hours.
-Worth it, though.
Have to get there, first.
-You'll be missed.
I'd better be.
-Have fun. You deserve it.
So do you.
-You have to get there, first.

Dec 13, 2016

(As Kingfishers Catch Fire By Gerard Manley Hopkins:)
As kingfishers catch fire, dragonflies draw flame;
As tumbled over rim in roundy wells
Stones ring; like each tucked string tells, each hung bell's
Bow swung finds tongue to fling out broad its name;
Each mortal thing does one thing and the same:
Deals out that being indoors each one dwells;
Selves — goes itself; myself it speaks and spells,
Crying Whát I dó is me: for that I came.

I say móre: the just man justices;
Keeps grace: thát keeps all his goings graces;
Acts in God's eye what in God's eye he is —
Chríst — for Christ plays in ten thousand places,
Lovely in limbs, and lovely in eyes not his
To the Father through the features of men's faces.

Dec 13, 2016

I may not even answer at my trial
and it seems to me that there is
so much of this strength in me now
that I shall vanquish everything,
all of the suffering,
only so that I may keep saying
to myself constantly, "I am!"
I may endure a thousand
torments, yet I am.
I may writhe under torture, but I am.'
I may sit in a tower, but I exist.
I can see the sun,
but even if I cannot see the
sun, I know that it exists.
And to know that the sun is there...
.. that is living.

Dec 13, 2016

It sounds vague and nebulous to me.
-This is Oxford, sir.
If there's a possibility of further murders, I want to know about them, and I want to deal in tangibles.
I bumped into her. It must have slipped my mind.
-As someone who dislikes amateurism, do salient pieces of information often slip your mind?
Once is a coincidence. Twice is a vendetta.
I asked Hathaway for a full report on the investigation on my desk this morning.
Two words. "Investigation ongoing."
-He was never great at paperwork. ... He has a problem with authority and a blatant disregard for status.
As do all good detectives. I learned that from the best.
-Well, it's room-cleaning etiquette, same as at Cambridge. Leave your bin out if you don't want the cleaner to come in. No bin out, cleaner comes in. Never leave your bin out, cleaner comes in a lot, hence the nickname "Binman".
Maybe he's just tidy.

Dec 13, 2016

As the bible says, "Bear ye one another's burdens and so fulfil the law of Christ." To do this, Charles Williams promoted the concept of Coinherence which held that we are all spiritually connected and can, through ritual, share suffering, ease one another's burdens. For example,... guilt. But not intellectually or theologically, something much more real, practical. Forgiveness is not a solitary affair. It can be and is a shared experience because through active engagement with the Holy Spirit, it's not only Christ who can forgive sins so can we!
I think this might have something to do with alchemy.
-Turning lead into gold.
More than that, it's the precursor to modern science. It's understanding the secrets in nature to unlock the mysteries of the universe.
-Ambitious, then.
Or it's a spiritual thing converting the lead of ignorance into the gold of enlightenment.

Dec 13, 2016

And for all this, nature is never spent.
There lives the dearest freshness deep down things.
And though the last lights
off the black West went...
Oh, morning, at the brown brink eastwards...
.. springs.
Is there a problem with my work?
-No, of course not.
But you knew about this.
-Moody wanted to eliminate your position, I wrote that in your defence.
I don't need you to fight my corner, James. If my face doesn't fit...
No, I simply wrote the truth, this department needs you and your face has never fitted,
it's part of your charm.
Celebrating 25 years of marriage by having my mother-in-law to stay.
-Well done.
She's really not that bad. She's even better when she's a three-hour drive away.
You were with the Met, were you... Joe?
-South London. It was pretty full-on. Although Oxford has its own... challenges, obviously.
-I wanted to ask you... this guy they dragged back from retirement, Robert Lewis... what d'you make of him?

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