Copper “In the Hands of an Angry God” Review

Now that all the significant characters have been reasonably established, this week’s episode of Copper, “In the Hands of an Angry God,” was able to narrow its focus to two main story lines and keep the flow of the episode moving at a nice pace.

The crime-of-the-week portion of this episode centered on the murder of an Irishman who had been stabbed in the neck and hung after his death. Because the murdered man, Dermott O’Connor, had been seen threatening to burn down the orphanage, the Reverend Garland was picked up as the primary suspect in the murder.

Using his scientific and medical analysis, Matthew Freeman was able to convince Corcoran that there was not sufficient evidence to allow the Reverend to hang for this crime. While the angry mob might have just been looking for anyone to pay for the crime, Corcoran didn’t want to see another innocent man pay for a crime he didn’t commit.

I enjoyed seeing Corcoran and Freeman’s interaction in tonight’s episode because it was much more clear that these two men were not quite secret pals. There is no doubt that these two men have a certain level of trust and respect between them, and there even seems to be a sort of mutual debt related to their time in the war, but their relationship is one of business, not pleasure.

Freeman smiles when he talks to his wife, he relaxes around her in a way that he is never able to do with Corcoran. Corcoran has casual conversation with McGuire and O’Brien, but he’s never had that kind of familiar banter with Freeman. While I’d love to see a comfortable friendship develop between Freeman and Corcoran, I don’t think it’s very likely to happen.

Freeman’s relationship with Corcoran is probably the most similar to Corcoran’s relationship with Morehouse. After their time in the war, the two men continue to work together in a way that is unusual considering societal norms. When Corcoran was telling Morehouse about the status of his investigation, Morehouse became Reverend Garland’s alibi without missing a beat. How Morehouse would benefit from being the Reverend’s alibi in this situation wasn’t exactly clear, but it seemed like something Morehouse did for Corcoran – not for the Reverend and probably not even for the sake of justice.

As sociable and outgoing as Morehouse is when Corcoran comes to visit, I don’t get the impression that the two men are true friends. We’ve been leaked little details about Freeman, Corcoran, and Morehouse’s experiences in the war, but I’m very curious to find out exactly why these three men continue to be bound to one another in such an unusual way.

Meanwhile, Corcoran’s locket search finally got interesting. When Molly spotted the locket in a pawn shop, she immediately purchased it and planned to surprise Corcoran with it. Before she had a chance to hand it over to him, Eva snatched it from her neck and made Molly swear to never tell Corcoran about the locket.

I’m not entirely sure why Eva is so keen to keep the locket a secret from Corcoran. Eva had shown that she was somewhat possessive of Corcoran when he was talking about his time with Elizabeth, so maybe she’s keeping it a secret from him because she’s eager to have him forget about his wife. It’s also possible that she’s keeping the locket a secret because she knows more about his wife’s disappearance than she’s letting on.

In attempting to track down the source of the locket, Eva discovered that the locket had been sold to the pawn shop by a well known abortionist. Unfortunately, when Eva went down to visit the Madame to inquire about the locket, she stumbled upon a murder scene. We were left wondering if the locket had come into the Madame’s hands by coincidence, or if was Corcoran’s wife herself that might have traded the locket for the Madame’s services.

Admittedly, for the first two episodes of Copper, I wasn’t all that interested in Corcoran’s missing wife. We were meeting so many more interesting people and he was dealing with such heinous crimes that the business with his wife simply felt like a little bit of tragic back story. Now, with the Madame’s murder and the return of the locket, the mystery behind Corcoran’s missing wife has begun to develop in the present and I’m actually very curious to see how it will all progress from here.