Anatomy of a Scene: Endeavour HOME Series 1, Episode 4.

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So this video is my first attempt at film or TV analysis. In particular analysing three scenes from the Endeavour episode Home. I found it’s not dissimilar to analysing literature but just with a different language. I have been a cinema fan since I was in short trousers and there was a time I was contemplating sitting a degree in Film. But my love for literature won out.

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Author: Chris Sullivan

Up until a few years ago I was my mum's full time carer. She died in, 2020, of Covid. At the moment I am attempting to write a novel.

7 thoughts

  1. Chris, I enjoyed your analysis very much.

    You make some very reasonable assumptions about Endeavour’s feelings, but I’m not certain he can be so easily understood. Regardless, I think I was in agreement with all you said except perhaps the possible meaning of the dawn sky. Something in me feels that a new day is not one of beginnings here but continued confusion and mixed feelings, continued obligations.

    When Endeavour realizes that his father has died, did you notice how Endeavour touches his elbow onto the bed? Whereas he seemed reluctant to otherwise approach his father’s body, I assume it was simple brilliant acting that led Evans to make contact with the bed. He is showing more of the physical pain of his injuries, which he cannot hide from the viewer or himself, than any visible emotional pain.

    Again, a real pleasure.

  2. Excellent analysis…I would have missed some of those points. And the jump cuts is new to me…also the shaky camera. i’ll be sure and notice those in the future.

  3. I enjoyed the analysis of this scene as this is one of my favorite Endeavor moments. The hand and the pressing of the top lip I felt were totally in the moment, no forethought. I had read somewhere that there was quite a bit of discussion between Russel Lewis and Shaun on his response here. One wanted the son to vent his anger at the father. I like what they chose. I appreciate all the information about camera work and editing. This is the first I noticed the father looks like John Thaw. Very well done, Christopher.

  4. Thanks Chris I enjoyed your analysis very much and now look forward to watching the episode again! I had not noticed the similarity between his real father and the older Morse played by John Thaw! I always assumed that Joyce was his real sister, not his step-sister, because she seems genuinely fond of him in comparison to the coldness of his step-mother. I think this may have been the only time we met Gwen Morse but it was interesting that he continued to send money to her long after this, being admonished by his bank manager for his overdraft (S3Ep4). I don’t agree that we never see the young Endeavour cry, because we do later in that episode when Joan leaves home – again superb acting from Shaun Evans.

  5. I like this structure of having an analysis. Regent’s Park College is used for the night club in this episode and quite a lot of Endeavour is round there and St John’s Street is where Joan later rents? I think it is because there was not much on Pusey Street that is modern. When I was at Regent’s I heard they had wanted to use the Dean’s house for an episode of Morse but that the college had said no.

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