Thursday, September 4, 2014

Ripper Street - Season One (on DVD)

Ripper Street - Season One
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Set in London just months after the Jack the Ripper killings in the neighborhood of White Chapel. Inspector Reid, Sergeant Drake and Jackson, an American surgeon, work together to solve crimes. The first episode is about a murder that may or may not be the work of the Ripper again. The following episodes are not directly related to the Ripper cases, but the burden of the unsolved mysteries surrounding Jack the Ripper are evident around the police station. What was really enjoyable about this was how the characters develop over the season. At first the focus is on the case at hand and then we see more of their personalities and back stories, including more about Inspector Reid's missing/deceased daughter. The atmosphere of the series is rather dark and gritty. It is not rated but I do warn viewers that there is not an episode with out some or all of the following: blood, guts, violence, prostitution, nudity, autopsies, drug use, and murder. Because of the dark a nd graphic scenes this show is not for everyone, but I do highly recommend it you you like crime scene investigation shows or historical mysteries. -- recommended by Kristen A. - Gere Branch Library [ see Kristen's Reviewer Profile and more of her reviews ]

[If you'd like to know more about Jack the Ripper I'd recommend The Ultimate Jack the Ripper Companion by Stewart P. Evans and Keith Skinner.]

[Also available: Season Two.]

[ Internet Movie Database entry for this film ] | [ official Ripper Street web site ]

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