Ripper Street (Series 4) First Impressions

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I can’t believe that this is one of the series I’ve been writing about since it first came out. I was surprised to find that Series 4 had debuted, and I can’t wait for the rest of the series.

I remember when Series 3 ended and I realized this was one of the few shows which ended well and could be left at that. Or so it would seem.

This series opens about four years on from the previous one. It handles this jump adroitly and proves that the Jack the Ripper backbone to which it started with was an admirable springboard all the way back in 2012. Things have moved on and the show tackles this all very well, with such new evidences of modernity such as telephones and female journalists.

The episode’s central murder plot dealt with incoming Islamic forces to Whitechapel felt like a telling slant on the current sociological situation and I wasn’t too sure what to think. However, the rest of the episode was very well written and plunged itself into the immersing drama very well.

It’s good to see the plot arcs of all the original characters back again and the camera work was sumptuous. At least the series isn’t confined narrowly as it was when the BBC had full control of it. Ultimately, a good episode and a wonderful beginning to Series 4. This is Part 1 of a 2 part episode, and I have heard that this show will be ending after series 5. I just really want to enjoy the series as much as possible until then.

MY RATING: **** / *****


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