Another episode has come and gone, delving deeper into Copper’s many twists and turns. Though I do admit I wasn’t completely taken by this episode as I was with “Husbands and Fathers,” it still contributed greatly to the plot development and the environment of the time period.
Matthew Freeman is amazing. He really is. With this latest installment, I’ve realized without a shadow of a doubt that he is, by far, the most honest character on the show. He just has so many shining moments. When two white men approach Reverend Garland’s orphanage–threatening to burn the establishment to the ground–Freeman states with conviction, “No man, black or white, will harm these children.” Not only does he directly oppose these clearly hostile men verbally, but he points a gun at them as well to scare them off the premises. To be quite truthful, I hadn’t expected such drastic action from him. I knew him to be a man who would defend what he thought was right, but never to threaten violence in a civilian setting for the sake of what he believed. This leads me to believe Freeman is a man who deems words more important than actions, but if actions are required of him, he will not hesitate. You have to admire a character who believes in good for the sake of good.
And, as our story continues, the first real tension between Corky and Freeman arises. This tension manifests because Reverend Garland is taken into custody for the murder of the stable man, O’Connor. Of course, Garland is innocent. The people of Five Points are so very quick to blame a black man for the crime. Race is a huge theme for “In the Hands of an Angry God.” I thought an issue of this nature would not be enough to put a divide in the companionship of Corky and Freeman, but apparently it was. They clash on multiple occasions. It goes to show that even the most honorable, clear-headed men in Five Points can turn against each other when racism rears its ugly head.
One piece of the storyline that has been lingering from episode to episode is the subject of the missing locket with the initials “E.C.” on the face and the photo of a man and a young girl within. Molly finds it in a pawn shop and immediately decides to purchase it for Corky. Just when we think our hero is going to make some major headway towards the discovery of his missing wife, Eva forces Molly to give the locket to her. Now, this led me to believe one or more various things. Maybe Eva simply doesn’t want Corky to leave her. Let’s be honest. If he’s searching this fervently for Ellen Corcoran now, he wants to be reunited with her as husband and wife. At least, that is what he’s hoping for. Eva is someone to keep the other side of the bed warm for Corcoran while his true love is away. Eva attempting to stop their reunion was the first conclusion I jumped to, but maybe Eva is more involved with this than we’re all being led to believe. She may know why Ellen is missing, or worse, she may have something to do with it. Not saying this is the kind of speculation the writers are intending, but with what has been presented to the audience, it’s a definite possibility. Evidence piles up further when Eva pays a visit to the woman who pawned the locket. She was dead upon Eva’s arrival, so we don’t know what Eva’s intent was. This story arch leaves a lot of questions up in the air, which is probably what Copper intends. I know for sure it has definitely kept me guessing. Don’t know how quickly this mystery will be resolved, but I’m looking forward to piecing the puzzle together.
The loud daughter of O’Connor – who was extremely close to starting a riot over her father’s death – is silenced by the police when they claim her father died of cancer. Of course, this lets Reverend Garland as well as the real murderers off the hook. Jasper, a man who tried his best to help his sister cover up the murder, is a bit slow and has been left to fend for himself since his sister, Bessie, decided to run from her crime. Matthew and Sara Freeman take him in. This is a kind act, but from a viewer’s perspective I see problems in their future. Jasper appears to be the age of Matthew, or perhaps a bit younger. Who knows what will happen between Sara and Jasper while Matthew is out helping Corcoran? They will be spending an awful lot of time together. I really hope nothing goes wrong for the sake of their marriage, but there is the prospect of something occurring.
All of this doesn’t even mention Annie’s big cameo at the end of “In the Hands of an Angry God.” She made a brief appearance earlier, but it doesn’t compare to what she says later on. Annie actually shows up at Corcoran’s house uninvited and offers herself to him. I cannot stop feeling sympathy for this girl. He makes one last appeal to tell her that she needn’t offer herself to men anymore. I fear that Annie may fall in love with him, which will only cause many more problems for all those involved.
“In the Hands of an Angry God” was not a flashy, shocking installment of Copper like “Husbands and Fathers” was for viewers. It did, on the other hand, really make note of the tension between races, which I feel was completely necessary to create a more concrete vision of the world and history being weaved by way of this BBC America drama. However, there is something this episode had that the last did not. It left me with tons of burning questions and a yearning for secrets to be revealed, and both of these things bring people back each week to see what happens next in the lives of these characters that have somehow managed to become important to them. I will be one of many tuning in next week, wishing for my curiosity to be generously fed with some answers.