If you haven’t watched season 1 of BBC America’s Copper, then you have truly been missing out. Following the story of Kevin Corcoran, an Irish immigrant who is a detective in the New York neighborhood of Five Points, Copper is a lot like Law and Order if Law and Order was set in the 1860’s with more bloody violence and a lot more sex. Actually Law and Order looks like a PBS Kids show compared to Copper which is not a bad thing.
While Tom Weston-Jones as Kevin Corcoran, aka ‘Corky’, is the main character, he is surrounded by a host of differing personalities that each bring their own version of dysfunction to the party. Kyle Schmidt (who took at turn on Arrow as a member of The Royal Flush Gang) is Robert Morehouse, the well-to-do son of an industrialist who happened to be an officer in the Union Army who served as Corky’s superior. My favorite character, Matthew Freeman, who served with Corky under Morehouse, is played by the talented Ato Essandoh. Anastasia Griffith and Franka Potente (Run Lola Run) play two characters that couldn’t be more different and yet more alike if they tried; the former being the wife of Morehouse and the latter a very business savy brothel madam.
That pretty much sums up season one. It ends up with Corky, in a dark dark place. He’s been looking for his wife all this time, only to find out some not so great news on that end, not to mention his job really sucks. If I dealt with dead almost baby prostitutes right off the bat at the beginning of my TV show I’d probably turn to something mind-altering as well. The second season picks up four months later and brings in some new friends, most notably, Donal Logue as General Brandon Donovan.
If little trailers of season two just aren’t enough for you and you can’t possibly wait a couple of hours to get a look at the season premiere, then you are in luck because BBC America has released the first three minutes of tonight’s show. If it’s any indication of the coming season, we are in for a wild ride.
Copper returns tonight at 10/9 central on BBC America.