The Good:

  • Well written, well directed, with real-sounding (if mannered) dialog, just as you would expect from a series run by HOMICIDE and OZ’s Tom Fontana)
  • Strongly evokes the time and place
  • Earnest and filled with a concern for justice, social as well as legal

The Not-So-Good:

  • I don’t believe the existence of the ex-slave/forensic genius character for a minute for all sorts of historical/socio/criminological reasons
  • Seems to betray its concern for justice with its overwrought yet titillating portrayal of evil
  • Wears its earnestness as though nothing else should matter (which means don’t look for any laughs here, folks, even though real people do often demonstrate sense of humor

The Worst:

  • My wife, who is well-versed in matters related to child abuse, refused to watch after a certain scene on the subject
  • Much as I respect the attempt and those making it (HOMICIDE was in my opinion one of the Top 5 cop shows ever), this show makes me feel the same way OZ did: No way do I want to spend one second of the time alotted for my life in this unrelievedly dark, ugly universe

Author: LB

A legendary figure in the television writing and production world with a career going back to the late ’60s, Larry Brody has written and produced hundreds of hours of American and worldwide television and is a consultant to production companies and networks in the U.S. and abroad . Shows written or produced by Brody have won several awards including - yes, it's true - Emmys, Writers Guild Awards, and the Humanitas Award.

2 thoughts on “LB Sees COPPER”

  1. Dang. I’m disappointed–I thought this would be good. If its humor-free then forget it. I can take dark but its got to be tempered with clever humor, or humor in general. There’s got to be light somewhere.

    1. Exactly. The beauty of THE SOPRANOS was its humor. That’s what made everything work. It’d say “like BREAKING BAD,” but I’m uncomfortable expressing it as though BREAKING BAD is the yardstick. THE SOPRANOS is the yardstick to me.

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