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Monday, December 17, 2012

Copper: Season 1 Review & Giveaway

First, let me remind you of the following giveaways and give you a bit of an update
These two giveaways were supposed to end today, although due to a little glitch with the comments, they will be open until December 19
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Thursdays Trivia was to identify the place the following picture depicted
The painting depicts Five Points in Central lower Manhattan, New York. Thusly named because of the five-pointed intersection created by Orange Street (now Baxter) and Cross Street (now Mosco); from this intersection Anthony Street (now Worth) began and ran in a northwest direction, creating a triangular-shaped block thus the fifth "point". To the west of this "point" ran Little Water Street (which no longer exists) north to south, creating a triangular plot which would become known as Paradise Square or Paradise Park.
There have been so many amazing shows put out by BBC America that it is truly hard to pick my favorite one although Copper comes pretty close to the top of my top ten list.
main_16837 In a time when disorder and mayhem are the law of the land—Kevin Corcoran is New York City’s finest. And Irish-American former boxer turned cop, Corcoran returns from the Civil War to find his wife missing and his daughter dead. Corcoran seeks justice for the powerless in the notorious immigrant neighborhood of Five Points. Banded by battle to two Civil War compatriots—the wayward son of a wealthy industrialist and an African-American physician—Corcoran is thrust unto the contrasting worlds of elegant and corrupt Fifth Avenue and the emerging African-American community in Norhtern Manhattan. The three men also share a secret from the battlefield that inextricably links their lives forever. (from the back of the dvd cover)
Starring: Tom Weston-Jones, Kevin Ryan, Ato Essandoh Directed by: Jeff Woolnough Produced by: Barry Levinson Written by: Tom Fontana, Will Rokos
Format: DVD Widescreen (also available in Blueray) Region: 1 Originally Aired On: BBC America Number of Discs: 3 Special Features: Commentary, Deleted Scenes, "Making of" Documentary, Featurettes, and Character Video Profiles
My Thoughts:
From balls to brothels, Copper has it all. Returning from the Civil War to find his daughter dead and wife missing, Kevin Corcoran makes it his mission to discover what happened to them. Weaving his personal investigation into his job as a cop the show takes on the grittiness of life in 1860’s Five Points.
I have never watched a show that had me so engrossed in an investigation, yet I found myself eagerly waiting on bits and bobs of information regarding the disappearance of his wife and the death of his daughter. Although each episode focuses on a new crime, the core of the show is Corcoran’s search for the truth.
In a sense, Copper could be called the first CSI as the show focuses on the newest tools of investigation, such as using the Marsh test to test for arsenic and other such items. While the investigations are front and center, the show would not be the same without the interaction of three of the key players that come from three very different walks of life.
We have Kevin Corcoran—Irish-American living in Five Points, raised by nuns in Catholic orphanage. Matthew Freedman—an African-American physician who aids Corcoran in his investigations. And lastly, Robert Morehouse—a wealthy son of an industrialist. All three served together in the Civil War and all three shares a secret, which adds so much more intensity to Copper.
There is so much going on in Copper including a twist that I never saw coming.
Carol L. said that 5 Points was “Filled with poverty, prostitutes, disease and gangs”, and I must say that Copper fits that description to a t.
I would also like to say that the cinematography in Copper is brilliant.
imagesCAREL4SW They make the scenes set in Five Points feel so dark and grungy.
imagesCA16ITFE While Uptown is bright and cheerful.
Giveaway Time!
1 lucky winner will win Copper: Season 1
Giveaway ends December 19
As this is a Region 1 DVD, giveaway is only open to the following: United States, Canada, Bermuda, and U.S. territories
I would like to thank BBC America Shop for sending me Copper: Season 1 to review.
Trivia Question: What was the name of Queen Victoria’s Scottish Estate?
If you would like to order Copper from BBC America Shop you may do so HERE
Giveaway copy purchased by me
Best Wishes & Good Luck,
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Book Lady said...

I'm not a history buff but google tells me it's balmoral castle.


Melissa Caldwell

ps-I LOVED Copper! I cannot wait for the next season!

phastings said...

Balmoral Castle. Thank you for a chance to win the first season of Copper.

Diane D - Florida said...

The name of Queen Victoria's Scottish Estate, is "Balmoral Castle".

I love, love, love Copper, I love Corky and Kevin, and if it was at all possible, then I would want to watch this every day, every week, FOREVER.

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Linda said...

My guess is Balmoral Castle. And I would love to win Copper. I love mid-19th century, and enjoy stories set in old New York. Thanks for the giveaway.

traveler said...

thanks for this great giveaway. Queen Victoria's Scottish Estate was Balmoral Castle. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

petite said...

This giveaway is captivating and the best ever. I enjoy historical series. Balmoral Castle is the name of Queen Victoria's Scottish estate. elliotbencan(at)hotmail(dot)com

Carol L. said...

Yes, it's Balmoral Castle. And I absolutely love Copper. I agree 100% that they do make it look so grungy it's as if we are watching events take place back in 5 Points. Thanks for the opportunity.
Carol L.
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Margaret Literary Chanteuse said...

Just checked in my history book for the answer. Balmoral Castle.