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Copper Review: Welcome To The Madhouse

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"Better Times are Coming" could be considered part two of "The Hudson River School."

All the plots pick up where they left off: Morehouse is still infiltrating (or collaborating with) the Southern rebels, Corcoran and Elizabeth are still at odds, the mystery surrounding Mary Lockwood and Maguire deepens and Annie is still unnecessarily disturbing.

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What really stood out to me this week was Ryan and Weston-Jones chemistry. Maguire and Corcoran are troubled men and this, among other things, is the foundation of their bond. They look out for each other, especially when it comes to each other's dark side.

At least that's what I thought. Then Corky discovered "Mrs. Maguire" - Corky's wife! - in an asylum for the insane. Maybe Maguire was trying to save Corky from the pain of seeing his wife like that, but I don't know if I could trust him again.

But Maguire really isn't looking so trustworthy lately, is he? Hiding Corky's wife and possibly killing Mary Lockwood? Combined with what Eva said about Molly being afraid of Maguire, he's turning out to very different than what I first thought.   

And then there's Annie. I know I've gone back and forth on her, but I think she's the most inconsistent character on the show. I want to like her. I want the writers to turn her into a compelling and realistically troubled child, and you can see how they tug at her as they try to mine more depth. Putting on Corcoran's wife's clothes was particularly creepy, but it had more weight than her flippant sexual remarks. I put Annie's most disturbing comment from this week on the Copper quotes page. 

With Lincoln reelected, more Greek Fire possibly on the way and the three Booth brothers making an appearance, Copper is going to tangle itself even deeper in the historical events of the time, and that's something I'm looking forward to. They way the show incorporates historical details, even if it's just a small mention of "Boss Tweed" like in this week's episode, is probably my favorite thing about the show. 

What's your favorite thing about Copper?

Review

Editor Rating: 4.1 / 5.0
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Rating: 4.6 / 5.0 (22 Votes)
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Yes, in future the writers need to decide how to psychologically and realistically deal with the child, Annie. It's clear that she has been grievously damaged by her experiences but the writers need to dismiss the 21st century psychobabble and become true to the tragedy of such a child. I love the series but there is a bit too much 21st century sensibility here. The black doctor and his wife are lovely characters but it seems at times that the writers don't want them to exhibit any negative human characteristics. And Corky's love for his wife and dead child border too much on the saintly. Yes, we women think he's wonderfully sexy but we'd like to see a bit more realistic 19th century humanity. And then there's rich Elizabeth. What are her true southern sympathies? This could be a complex future plot twist, especially regarding Morehouse, whose character is shaping up to be the most interesting of all.

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I find this series absolutely captivating...I am totally addicted.

Snakethecritic

★★★★☆TV

Fortyseven

Oh yeah, I think Eva was lying to Corky about Maguire.

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Combined with what Eva said about Molly being afraid of Maguire, he's turning out to very different than what I first thought. I think what Eva said about Maguire should be taken with a large pinch of salt. Eva's relationship with Corky is complex, her motives are unclear, and she murdered Molly. I think Maguire will turn out to be OK in the end.

Fortyseven

That was a great reveal! Booth Brothers too, Lindsey. Yeah, Annie needs to go.

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Nada's review has it backwards. No, abused children will NOT always be sexually deviant, but people who are sexually deviant were almost always abused as children. One noteworthy example: it is widely rumored that Michael Jackson's father sought to promote his career as a child star by pimping him out to record execs. However, I don't think Annie is on a course to rehabilitated. I tend to think her destiny will be rather twisted, and agree she may prove a danger to Corcoran--whether by direct or more subtle means.

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I still find everyone's difficulty with Annie's character surprising. The writers have admittedly decided to take the character to an extreme by presenting her as increasingly unstable. BUT, looking back through the series, did everyone really think she was going to turn out 100 percent okay after seeing her help Corcoran commit double murder? Prior to Annie killing Mr. Reilly, the writers could have gone down the path of Corky helping to rehabilitate her and maybe getting her over the infatuation (even after everything she had been through). But, I wouldn't be in the least bit surprised if the writers are now setting up the character to turn into a killer in the future (maybe even attacking the object of her obsession - Corcoran). History is filled with female crazies and murderers who started out with a story similar to Annie's. So... I'm willing to give the writers the benefit of the doubt and wait to see where they go with the character.

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I think it's time for the very disturbed, little Miss Annie, to take her leave. My sympathy has waxed and waned for the girl, since the series premiere, but after last night's episode, I think it be best if Kevin find her a living situation elsewhere. Telling Eva that she had slept with him, while wearing Corcoran's wife's close, is um....BEYOND INAPPROPRIATE. He is not going to be able to rehabilitate this girl. It's time for her to leave.

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I originally liked this series considerably, especially the main character, Michael Corcoran. The concept of the anti-hero is quite popular with series of this sort and I could find substantial charm and conflict enough to make each character interesting. I could see the introduction of Annie as first a desperate and pathetic creature and then as a manipulating and inappropriate fixture. This drew my sympathy for the first couple of episodes. However, I have been so turned off by the poor consistency and utterly disturbing dialect and worldview of Annie. It seems this character is a device to cover increasingly poor story lines and weak character development, attempting to misdirect us with the uncomfortable scenes forced upon us ad nauseum. What is the Impression intended by the writers? That abused children will always be sexually deviant, manipulative and inappropriate--never to be trusted? That the blue collar Irish copper who reads human nature like most folks read the paper is bloody stupid when it comes to the manipulative nature of the child? This tired and repeatedly disturbing theme has been ridden to death and has unfortunately caused my stomach --and my remote control--to turn. With all the material written by Dickens and the rich historical tapestry of Five Points, there is no dearth of exciting and interesting plots and interactions from which any decent writer could choose. Too bad there isn't one around to save this show from itself and prevent further isolation from its viewers

Copper Season 1 Episode 8 Quotes

Since I've been back I've been eating too much. But Kevin doesn't mind. You know how he likes a handful when he sleeps.

Annie [to Eva]

If you had cut off my leg without morphine it would have made me curse God, Abraham Lincoln, and my mother but it wouldn't make me turn against the Union.

Corcoran [to Matthew]
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