Compared to last week’s intense opening sequence, tonight’s episode of Copper, "Husbands and Fathers," got off to a bit of a slow start as Corcoran tracked down a thieving sailor, Tungus McClarty.
McClarty was a man that Corcoran suspected was somehow involved in the disappearance of his wife and the murder of his daughter. After knocking the living daylights out of McClarty (with a comical neighbor woman egging him on) Corcoran realized that McClarty had been no more than an opportunistic thief in the wrong place at the wrong time.
Clearly Corcoran loved his daughter, but I’m less clear about his relationship with his wife. I’m not sure if he’s looking for his wife out of his love for her, or if he’s looking for his wife because he believes she was somehow responsible for his daughter’s death.
While I want to know what happened to Corcoran’s wife and daughter, the little bits of information we get about that night are sort of haphazardly scattered throughout each episode. To be honest, that mystery seems somewhat irrelevant in the present. Much like the paupers Corcoran questions on a daily basis, it’s hard for me to stay interested in that locket when I have no idea why it’s important. I expect that asCopper continues, his daughter’s murder and his wife’s disappearance will weave their way into a larger political or social conflict which will make all this personal investigation worthwhile, but for now, I’m much more interested in his daily crime beat. Read More...