The "Copper" Season 2 premiere episode "Home, Sweet Home" brought back all the action, boorish behavior, and irreverence long missed since the finale a year ago. Thankfully, the second season will be 13 episodes (Season 1 was 10), and those three extra episodes will be savored this time around before the show is gone in another flash.
A quick recap
The show centers around the Irish immigrant police detective, Kevin "Corky" Corcoran (Tom Weston-Jones), solving crimes in the 1860s-era Five Points neighborhood of New York City. He has finally found his missing wife, Ellen (Alex Paxton-Beesley), but she came with the news that she accidentally caused their daughter's death. Now the young orphan prostitute, Annie (Kiara Glasco), is attempting to take the place of the couple's daughter.
The Confederates have just attempted to burn New York City to the ground with Elizabeth Haverford's (Anastasia Griffith) help, and nobody knows that she was in on it. Oh, and then there was the small matter of Corky's best friend and partner in crime-solving, Francis Maguire (Kevin Ryan), having slept with Corky's wife and hid her from him while he killed two other women in order to keep the secret of how their daughter died.
Peace doesn't last long
The premiere begins with Corky letting off some steam with a nice vigorous jog in an empty field. A sweet, innocent deer runs right up to him, looking all cute and cuddly. It's all quite lovely until some random old haggard woman shoots it dead with her rifle and begins butchering it right there in front of him. What a way to make the reality of his life come rushing back into view. Can't poor Corky have anything nice?
The first order of business is to save the brothel-owning Eva (Franka Potente) from the new criminal of the week, Buzzie Burke (Noah Danby). He doesn't do a very good job of that, however. Corky interrupts Buzzie as he carves his initials into Eva's back, only to be beaten to the ground like a limp rag doll. That is one of the refreshing things about this show, however: The hero is not very good at saving the day, although he tries really hard.
There's a new boss in town
The Sixth Ward has a new boss: General Brendan Donovan (Donal Logue). He gets started by roughing up a few of his own men in order to get his point across; they are the police, and they need to start acting like it! No more debauchery and shoddy work -- at least not in public.
Corky, the only man who seems to truly believe deeply in his work, appears to be happy with the change. There's also a bonus in it for him or any other copper who can catch Buzzie Burke.
The capture of Buzzie Burke
Corky's search for Buzzie Burke doesn't start well: He and his men accidentally capture and beat up poor old Bug-Eyed Boyle before realizing they've got the wrong man. Gotta love those nicknames.
But Corky didn't have to search far. Buzzie's got Corky's wife fish hooked on his finger right on Corky's own couch. He labels Corky as "pretty" right before forcing him to hand over his gun and drop to his knees. As mentioned before, Corky is not very good at saving the day, as his own orphan ward saves the couple by smashing a pan over Buzzie's head before he can blow off Corky's pretty face.
Francis "redeems" himself
Francis kills Buzzie Burke soon after his arrival to the same prison cell. Then a judge sets Francis free after evidence of his murders goes missing. Corky is there to witness the play unfold and has trouble believing his eyes. Now he's got to contend with his greatest nemesis free on the streets, once again.
A new plot emerges
The coppers also have a new case at hand, involving two missing teenage boys. The search has just begun but will continue in the next episode.
Meanwhile Ms. Haverford is marrying Robert Morehouse (Kyle Schmid). Robert is a good guy for the most part, but he's a one-legged drunk who is completely blinded by Haverford's wiles. Although she is some sort of British double agent -- siding with the South to defeat the North and throw New York into chaos -- Morehouse just goes along with his goofy grin, none the wiser.
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