Ripper Street

Ripper Street

Season Four

DVD - 2016
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Three years have passed since the Leman Street locomotive disaster, when DI Edmund Reid is forced to return to Whitechapel to help clear his former associate's name. Once again Reid finds himself, along with DS Drake, plunged into a criminal underworld that threatens to overtake London's East End on the eve of Queen Victoria's diamond jubilee celebration.

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Sep 20, 2017

I’ve been binge watching season 4 (most of it in one day!) Be sure to start with season 1 – there are overlapping stories and characters through out. Ripper Street is about London (?) based detectives – they seem to be a different branch from the Metropolitan police. I wasn’t sure if I wanted to watch this series if it was just about Jack the Ripper, but that was more of an ongoing undercurrent running through the show. The detectives investigate crimes but the series also involves the cast regulars; Detective Reid who has an ongoing story about the disappearance of his daughter. Detective Drake who provides muscle for police investigations. Police surgeon Jackson who is an ex-military American who performs the autopsies and has a scientific mind curious about such emerging trends like fingerprinting. There are regular murders – the show likes to cover contemporary topics such as discrimination of Jews, Muslims, lower class people in their home base of Whitechapel. There is a episode involving blackmail against homosexuals, another involving a transgendered person all taking place in the late 1790s. The cast is very good and the stories good. There was plenty of hanging threads after episode 2 and episode 3 starts four years latter. Series 4 is excellent a lot of mysteries answered and solved and at the end of that the series seems to show that most people have some darkness to them, not just violent mass murders, but a darkness to perform deeds both illegal and/or immoral. Worth watching if you like detective / mystery type shows.

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