History & Film: BBC America’s Copper series

by Bethany Latham

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  1. Donna Russo Morin
    August 1, 2013

    From the start Copper has been a favorite of mine, perhaps for the very reasons cited to its detriment. One cannot say that this is one of the ‘grittiest’ periods in American culture and then have it portrayed in any other manner. It is, for once, the depiction that no human is without moments of questionable ethics that makes it watch worthy. I think problems arise when the writers try to do to much within one episode, and so we’re given snippets here, there and everywhere. But all the components for success are there and season two has proved, so far, that they’re headed in the right direction.

    • Bethany Latham
      August 2, 2013

      Hi Donna,
      I agree; the episodes I enjoyed the most were the “tighter” ones — where the writers didn’t attempt to chase too many plot threads at once. I look forward to seeing what season 2 holds, but it may take me awhile to get to it; I recently started Ripper Street. Have you seen it? Some of the parallels are interesting: a protagonist affected by the death of a daughter, a precinct serving the slums (Whitechapel versus Five Points), a brothel-keeper as a prominent character, “outsiders” in the forensic role (an American in English society and an African-American in Civil War US society). But Ripper Street seems to have a completely different feel to me: more focus on “the case” and police procedure, and more clearly drawn lines of moral demarcation.

  2. Matthew Phillips
    August 1, 2013

    The second season has been even better so far than the first. Donal Logue has been a great addition to the cast.

    • Bethany Latham
      August 2, 2013

      Hi Matthew,
      I had read about Logue coming onboard and look forward to seeing how season 2 handles the characterization — I’d been waiting for a stronger Tammany Hall component, and looks like Donovan may provide the perfect foil for it.