Copper, S1 Ep6 – Arsenic and Old Cake

This is the first truly funny installment of Copper.  I’d even venture to say it was somewhat farcical.  Seriously, there was a lot of laugh-worthy material.  At times, though, the humor felt a bit awkward to me because I was watching a show known for drama attempt comedy, and we all know Copper is no dramedy.  Not in the slightest.  The wit felt like a fish out of water, but it was a mildly silly fish, so I still enjoyed it.  However, it’s not the sort of thing Copper should attempt often.  This episode possessed a dry, ironic humor.  Was it perfectly done to fit the environment that’s already been established for the show?   I don’t think so.  This review was tricky to write simply because the format of the show was so vastly different from what it usually is.  It didn’t cut it for me, and if they go for laughs again they need to work it seamlessly into the show like it’s completely natural.  There are many ways to go about accomplishing that, such as assigning Andrew the role of grumpy/endearing guardian, always trying to keep Corky and Francis out of trouble.  That would bring a grin to my face.  I honestly don’t want to laugh at this show on a regular basis, but I am willing to smile.

Francis and MaryDid anyone else snicker at Francis when he spoke of holding Mary’s hand?  I lost it!  He sounded like a teenage girl on the phone with his best gal pal.  Like, OMG, Corky!  I held Mary’s hand for two hours last night.  It was so totally rad!  We’re gonna be together FOREVER!  Are you for real right now, Francis?  This boy has a completely skewed view of what love is supposed to be and, apparently, he’s not all that secure when it comes to his relationship with Mary Lockwood in the first place.  How about the man Francis spotted leaving Mary’s home?  That’s a wee bit sketchy, if I do say so myself.  Especially when we saw the stranger tidying up his clothes after leaving.  What were they really doing in there?  I haven’t the slightest idea, but one thing’s for sure.  I do not foresee a smooth road to marriage in the new couple’s future.

Let us turn to Mrs. Devery for a moment.  She’s out of control and I love it.  The lady has spunk and she won’t take crap from anybody.  Not even the coppers.  Any woman willing to full on tackle Andrew O’Brien — who I might add is one solid dude — in an alleyway is fine by me.  Maybe she’ll never be a main character, but I’m hoping she doesn’t disappear from the series after this episode.  They could use her as an occasional regular, just to add a little sass to spice up the mood.

DeveryMr. Devery murdered Mr. Devery.  He actually went homicidal on himself.  That was definitely some clever thinking from the writers.  I think it showcases their ability to not only provide us with jaw-dropping shockers, but to offer the audience incredibly smart scenarios to witness.  As a matter of fact, I’d say the way they tied all of the pieces together was quite bright.

Now, we can’t have an episode of Copper that’s completely jovial.  Some rather unfortunate events did occur.  For instance, Jasper has to skip town to escape the rabid fans of Irish Jake.  It’s a shame because his character was really starting to grow on me.  He wasn’t the sharpest tool in the shed, but he had a pure heart and that’s a rare find in the Copper universe.  I’m hoping they find some way to keep him tied in with the main story line.  Then, there’s Annie.  Basically, she’s been kidnapped by her grown man husband and Elizabeth doesn’t even realize it.  Not good.  Not good at all.  Elizabeth’s under the impression that Annie’s been taken off to California, but I’m not so sure that’s the case.  I’m curious to see if my prediction is correct for the next episode.  And if we do find our young lass in dire circumstances, who will rescue her if everyone thinks she’s fine and dandy?  There are plenty of things to be curious about for next time.  A rare talent Copper possesses: leaving torturous loose ends to pique the interest of inquisitive minds.