Ripper Street Review Season 2 Episode 3 “Becomeman”

I’m jumping back into Ripper Street now that it’s been resurected for a third season. Prior to the reprieve, I hadn’t planned on tuning in because I hate to be invested in characters that I know will be disappearing. Thankfully, that’s no longer an issue, so let’s get into it.

In 1888, a group of women protested poor working conditions at a match factory. One if their complaints was that working with white phosphorus caused the condition phossy jaw. The workers suffered from necrosis of the jaw, which would result in organ failure and brain damage. Our story picks up after the strike and focuses on a group of disenfranchised women who are either former match girls or otherwise downtrodden. Their charismatic leader comes up with a plan to exact revenge for her sister, who died of phossy jaw. She organizes a kidnapping of the men she holds responsible.



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