DVD Review: Ripper Street
When you strip it back to it’s bare bones, Ripper Street is the Victorian Period Drama version of CSI and many other police procedural dramas that have rose in popularity over the last decade or so.
What makes Ripper Street so engrossing however is the place in which it is set as much as the time frame. Jack the Ripper has left his indelible mark on Whitechapel, and has disappeared into the fog of London, never to be found or bought to justice. Copycats, for one reason or another pop up occasionally, just to remind the members of H-Division – The toughest police district in the East End, that they can’t catch everyone.
It’s in this shadow that our Sherlock Holmes (if not by name, then by nature) and his team must work ceaselessly to make the streets safe once again.
Ripper Street is more than just it’s graphic violence and seedy sex, it’s about the backgrounds of the three main characters, and the birth of modern police forensics, that make the show so damed engrossing.
Dark and brooding like the back alley ways of Whitechapel, Ripper Street is a period drama for those of us who can’t stand listening to people rave about Downtown Abbey.
Rating: M Violence, sex scenes and content that may disturb.
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