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Great Grubby Feel, Plot not Quite so Tight this Series
on 7 October 2014
This is crime detection in the grubby hard Eastend of London about the time of the ripper murders (not that the ripper murders are really touched on in *this* series). Detection comes from a forward thinking moral detective, supported by a stead fast bad/tough cop and an America doctor/ scientist/ pathologist. All three have interesting back stories.
Much of whats good in the first series remains but it definitely slacks off a bit. The good bits are the setting, the music, the cast and the general feel of the series. It's also good to see them bring in famous events, people and innovation of the time; such as John Merrick and the underground.
Where I feel it dropped of a little is in the crimes and their resolution. Some were clearly not as well thought out and relied on late revelations from poor initial detection and some had really dumb actions which had me arguing with the TV. A criticism would also be that some of the interesting story arcs from the first series, especially relating to Macfadyen, are dropped completely. Its also a bit disappointed some of the interesting characters have a short shelf life.
I'm pleased they managed to get this odd deal together for a third series as the overall feel of the series is excellent and hopefully the plot can be a bit tighter next time.