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5.0 out of 5 stars loved it, 6 Mar. 2014
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This review is from: Ripper Street - Series 2 [DVD] (DVD)
I know the ratings were down as compared to season 1, when the series 2 aired in UK, and I think I know why. We suffer with Reid as he struggles to overcome evil and corruption in British criminal life of the time, and fails. When innocent victims die one after another in this series. When no "poetic justice" takes place. It is hard to watch, although it is probably how life really was and is, but it doesn't make it enjoyable. Series 1 was dealing with hard times, too, but at least Reid was victorious, and good prevailed over evil, so to speak. But don't get me wrong, the series are still brilliant. Season 2 episodes are each dealing with some serious historical matter of that time, and how the people are coping with that. The episodes are poignant and beautiful (well, for me it's when I shut my eyes not to see some slashed throats etc.), stories are very interesting and moving. Reid (the beautiful and talanted Matthew Macfadyen) is sexy as hell in this. I cannot wait for series 3, I'm so proud of the victory we the fans achieved, when our petition worked and the series were resurrected. Just please, the producers: a trifle more comedy, and a little less darkness. "I have had enough of the darkness, now I would like you to show me the sun" says Reid to his new love interest, Jane, and I totally agree with him.
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Initial post: 14 Apr 2014 03:15:16 BDT
Last edited by the author on 14 Apr 2014 03:16:25 BDT
Erroll says:
You opine:

"Just please, the producers: a trifle more comedy, and a little less darkness."

I do agree that this program can be less gory and gruesome than it is. But I think it would be a disaster if the producers decided to bizarrely make Ripper Street more comedic and less dark. Tracking down hardened criminals and ruffians in the late 19th century should not, for the most part, be done in a lighthearted way. There already is a program out there which does what you wish and which also takes place in the late 19th century but in Canada instead of England and that would be the program called Murdoch. For the most part Murdoch succeeds in being a drama and [somewhat] a comedy. But a program like Ripper Street is better suited, in my opinion, in the way it treats its subject and its characters [though, again, the overt violence could be toned down a bit] rather than trying to win over its audience with belly laughs.
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