Sunday, March 10, 2013

Ripper Street Season 1 Review “What Use Our Work” (TV EQUALS)

On last week’s Ripper Street, Captain Jackson’s former Pinkerton colleague set him up as the murderer of a prostitute. It seemed from the preview that the season finale was going to focus on clearing Jacksons name and quelling public panic over the return of Jack the Ripper. In an interesting twist, neither of these turned out to be the case.

The police station is still grieving at the loss of Hobbs. In an incredibly touching scene, the policemen come together in a bar to mourn their fallen colleague. Drake, a man typically quick to show anger or toughness, is overwhelmed with emotion and stands before them with tears in his eyes. He is angry, though, at Inspector Reid, who he thinks is out of touch with the lives and concerns of his men. For his part, Reid is equally affected by Hobbs’ death, but realizes that he never took the time to get to know Hobbs when he was alive. For example, he didn’t know Hobbs was married.

These shortcomings in Reid’s professional life are eclipsed by the ruins of his personal life. He previously shared a passionate kiss with Mrs. Goren, but goes even further when he shows up at her bedroom. While this is not the best course of action, it is not surprising considering how cold his wife has been towards him. Everything about Emily is stiff and unwelcoming – her manner of speech, hair, clothes, and avoidance of much physical contact. Unfortunately, Reid doesn’t get the solace he’s searching for from Mrs. Goren. In a rather abrupt manner, she shuts down his efforts to tell her about the search for a man who may have information about his daughter. Reid is so broken and alone. It’s tragic.

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