Inspector Morse (1987–2000)

The Infernal Serpent (3 Jan. 1990)

TV Episode   |  TV-14   |    |  Crime, Drama, Mystery

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An environmentalist professor is mugged and later dies of a heart attack after an attack on campus just prior to a controversial debate.


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28 December 2020 | judgefleming
| "The killer is the gardener!"
In fact, that's not any fun. The episode touches upon a rather sensitive problem, not including others, also significant. As always happens in "Morse", the investigation involves two parallel tonalities that are cleverly disguised as one. The title of the episode is eloquent, it refers to Milton and his "Paradise Lost", but the infernal serpent in the direct context sounds like black irony, because in this situation, a priori, an innocent child cannot be such. Terrible secrets of the past are surfacing; then, a very long time ago, someone just like that, because he can, ruined two childhood lives. The killer of innocence with a high position in society. It seems that Morse, unlike Sergeant Lewis, is not surprised by anything, he moves thoughtfully towards the goal.

Despite the actual severity of the problems raised, cute gags like "I also bought a synthesizer for my children" are flashing. Well, Lewis with his sincerity and attempts to appease everyone in such matters is a real pro! But, be that as it may, the action tends to the drama, in its classical version. C'est la vie.

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