DVD Review: 'Copper'

BBC America's “Copper” makes a solid case for New York City-based police procedurals set long before the days of DNA workups and due process.
Oklahoman Published: November 2, 2012
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Fontana incorporates familiar themes from his past work into “Copper”: the emotional underpinnings inherent in Corcoran's continued protection of Annie recall Tim Bayliss' series-long investigation of the Adena Watson case in “Homicide,” and the series deals directly with class divisions and police malfeasance.

Performances are strong even when the storylines veer into melodrama, but the real appeal of “Copper” is found in the human tragedy of the Five Points slum, a place Charles Dickens wrote about with great sadness during his visit to America, and its contrast to the extraordinary wealth and genteel corruption found on Fifth Avenue. As “Copper” continues beyond these 10 episodes originally shown on BBC America, Fontana surely has plenty of material ahead of him, because the pestilence and crime-filled Five Points would not be cleaned up until 25 years after the time period of this solid first season.

George Lang

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