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Drive-by show rec...

Anyone watching Copper on BBC America? It`s set in 1864, following an Irish Cop, returned from the Civil War to find his daughter dead and wife missing, in the then immigrant hotspot of Five Points, New York.

From the description, I wasn`t sure if it would appeal to me but I was pretty entertained by the first three eps. It`s interesting to see a period piece set in the Civil War era that doesn`t make the war its entire focus. In fact, it`s more of a backdrop here since New York is way out of any battlezone areas but has to deal with its immigrant problems and corruption on every level. In a way the show might be considered a period crime procedural with an emerging overarching plot.

The world is appropriately nitty and gritty and at times quite dark. Ho-boy, age of consent was 10??? Even I didn`t know that and I`m a history geek for this time. But I feel the characters are pretty engaging. And hey, it features Kyle Schmid, hadn`t seen him since Blood Ties where he used to play my favourite character. :)

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legoline
Sep. 8th, 2012 11:07 am (UTC)
I've been wondering whether I should check this show out, Guess the answer is yes :D
astri13
Sep. 8th, 2012 11:27 am (UTC)
Certainly worth a try. It`s not something I would ever be fannishly ga-ga over but I watched the first three eps in a row and didn`t get bored once so definitely a keeper for me. :)

Before I saw other people recommend it, I hadn`t seen or heard hide nor hair about this show. Somehow it flew completely under my radar. But then, I`m barely up to date on what the big networks are gonna churn out come fall.
legoline
Sep. 8th, 2012 11:32 am (UTC)
I got curious when the pilot showed up on my flist because while Gangs of New York was way, way to bloody for me to stomach I always loved the setting of Five Points. (I'm not totally squeamish but GoNY is just needlessly gory and bloody.) So I'll try this one :-) Yay.
astri13
Sep. 8th, 2012 11:38 am (UTC)
Somehow I could never get into Gangs of New York. I`m not too squeamish (though I tune out of stuff like Saw) but it seemed just like one long neverending, especially brutal bar brawl and that bored me.

Copper has some violence and nudity but nothing particularly bad.
legoline
Sep. 8th, 2012 11:41 am (UTC)
That was pretty much all that happened on GoNY. Blood and brutal murders.

I don't mind violence and nudity in films if it benefits the plot. I watch Deadwood and that was fine, and Master & Commander has its bloody moments but it just fits the overall plot/atmosphere.
astri13
Sep. 8th, 2012 11:44 am (UTC)
I haven`t seen much of Deadwood but if you had no problems with that, the violence in Copper definitely shouldn`t bother you.

So I`ll be interested to hear your opinion on the show once you sampled it. :)
legoline
Sep. 8th, 2012 11:54 am (UTC)
I will definitely report back :)
embroiderama
Sep. 8th, 2012 11:13 am (UTC)
Yes, I'm liking it a lot too.
astri13
Sep. 8th, 2012 11:24 am (UTC)
I`m a sucker for period stuff but the basic premise didn`t sound like something that made me wanna check it out immediately. Now, I`m not sorry I did. :)

The "origin story" of New York is pretty fascinating.

embroiderama
Sep. 8th, 2012 11:35 am (UTC)
I love old New York stuff. It's reminding me a lot of the book The Alienist, with the whole origin-of-CSI thing, though the book is set maybe 40 years after Copper. But I love the visuals of Copper so much because I hadn't ever quite envisioned NYC looking almost like the Wild West, just with more population density and with complex neighborhoods rather than just a small downtown surrounded by nothingness.
astri13
Sep. 8th, 2012 11:42 am (UTC)
But I love the visuals of Copper so much because I hadn't ever quite envisioned NYC looking almost like the Wild West,

Heh. Yes, that`s an apt comparism. It reminds me a bit of Rome with the Aventine vs. where the rich citizens lived.

And I think Kevin is a likeable, not-too-suqeaky-clean lead character.
ongiara
Sep. 8th, 2012 04:22 pm (UTC)
*raises hand* I am watching it and after 3 episodes, I think it's still going strong :)

Also made me laugh when Franka Potente entered the screen. Hadn't known she was in it before watching. Much like Kyle Schmid ^-^
astri13
Sep. 8th, 2012 05:29 pm (UTC)
Also made me laugh when Franka Potente entered the screen. Hadn't known she was in it before watching.

Me neither. I did a double-take upon seeing her, too. :)
leelust
Sep. 8th, 2012 04:45 pm (UTC)
Didn't know if i like it but gave it a chance and now i'm glad i did it.
astri13
Sep. 8th, 2012 05:30 pm (UTC)
Same for me. It`s also a bit more variety for me. Apart from Merlin, I haven`t watched a period show in forever.
lovis
Sep. 8th, 2012 05:49 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I'm watching it. And I like what I see so far.

Don't care much about Eva/Kevin/Elizabeth drama shaping up there, though.
astri13
Sep. 8th, 2012 05:57 pm (UTC)
Don't care much about Eva/Kevin/Elizabeth drama shaping up there, though.

I, too, hope that doesn`t become a thing. Though as long as he searches for his wife, he probably won`t commit to another woman. With Elizabeth, I think there is a certain attraction there but ultimately their class differences are probably going to make it impossible.
rheasilvia
Sep. 20th, 2012 09:10 pm (UTC)
This sounds interesting! I hadn't heard of it, but I will make sure to check it out. Thanks for the tip. :-)
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