Copper “Surviving Death” Review

"Surviving Death," the first episode of BBC America’s first original scripted series, Copper, wasted no time painting a vivid picture of Five Points, New York in 1864. The opening sequence depicted a time and place in American history where grown men groveled alongside stray dogs for scraps thrown in the streets and child prostitution was an everyday abomination.

Although I’m not in any way an expert on the history of New York in 1864, I admired the constant flow of minor details that continually developed this particular facet of American civilization. There were varying degrees of Irish and American accents among the characters in Five Points. Kevin Corcoran, an IrishAmerican who fought with the Union in the American Civil war, sounded incredibly American next to his Irish immigrant friends and fellow detectives, Francis and Andrew; but in a room of non-Irish Americans, Kevin’s subtle accent made him stick out like a sore thumb. Read More... 


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