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Jan 22, 201310We Americans love the BBC's historical dramas, and we love their detective shows, and "Ripper Street" gives us BOTH! Plus Matthew Macfayden, master of the ethical giant with zero sanctimony (Prior Phillip in "Pillars of the Earth," e.g.), brooding brawler Jerome Flynn, currently tearing up "Game of Thrones," and sexy American Adam Rothenberg, new to me but already a favorite. The women seem a bit less compelling, though Lucy Cohu, who has a recurring role as the governess of a Jewish orphanage, is wonderful, clear-eyed about the evil world she inhabits but profoundly loving, saved from cynicism by a single tenet of the religion she has lost: save one, save the world. The show's premise, that the shadow of the Ripper falls on every subsequent case, is an interesting one; as a resident of Ted Bundyland, I think it's about time a series had something intelligent to say about the western fascination with serial killers, rather than just pandering to it (Kevin Bacon, are you listening?). The show's writing and direction are unusually muscular, without sacrificing complexity, but I have to give top honors to the set designers, who convey a profound sense of the squalor of 19th-century Whitechapel. Not since "The Libertine," has anyone done dirt so well. Frankly, I'm a little surprised at the muted applause here; I think the series deserves an ovation.… Expand
Apr 30, 20135A good show with interesting plot lines that keep you engaged and entertained. Though it's called Ripper Street we don't actually see Jack The Ripper but instead live in the overarching shadow of him, which quite frankly was a much better story line that simply having him run amuck, not only has that been done before but we all now how it ends. The series instead, depicts life in 19th Century Whitechapple, and does
it very well, through the 8 episode season we are shown the hopes,
fears, troubles, growths and grim realities of the time; everything
from the development of science (and opposition against it by some) to
the pestilence of Cholera. I'm not an expert of the age so I can't
really say how accurate these depictions actually were but from my
estimation they were quite true to the point.
So now we have an interesting show during an interesting period, what
we need now s interesting characters. Sadly we don't get them. The
characters here are as stereotypical as they can come, and so are their
personal story lines, which we see bits and pieces of throughout the
season. Had the creates taken some more time and come up with complex,
un-predictable characters he show might have evolved into a higher
dimension, but non-the-less the characters we have are good enough for
entertainment and makes the show fun to watch.
(Season 1 review)… Expand
80Ripper Street was clever enough not to hang its hat on the over-examined killings of the five Ripper victims, and clever fans of police procedurals will relish spending eight hours with cops who have to invent the crime-solving tools at their disposal.