Copper Season 2 Review “I Defy Thee To Forget”

Copper Season 2 Episode 4 I Defy Thee To Forget (1)

I’ve felt in recent weeks that Copper has been weighed down by historical exposition. Politics were set aside this week and we got a much needed dose of character development. Annie revealed her vulnerable side (maybe), Eva seemed to think she’s “in a family way,” Corcoran faced some tough truths about his marriage, and Elizabeth Morehouse decided to seek penance for her transgressions.

Annie’s character has been problematic this season. Last season, her out of control duplicity made her completely loathsome. The writers must have understood that, because her role this season has been significantly reduced. That’s not to say she’s not still loathsome. Annie has picked little fights here and there with Ellen, but this time they have an epic blowout. The two share a sweet moment of dancing and laughing together, before Elizabeth’s necklace falls from Annie’s pocket. When Ellen accuses her of stealing the necklace, Annie lashes out and they come to blows.

When Corcoran learns about the altercation, he takes Annie’s side. Ellen reminds him of what should be obvious – Annie is not their Maggie. Faced with this truth, Corcoran snaps and backhands Ellen. At this point, you can start to appreciate a society where divorce is easily accessible. Corcoran is tortured by his own guilt and is trying to use Annie as a substitute daughter. The fact is, though, he is not as emotionally invested in her because in his heart he knows that Annie is a bad seed. He finally confronts Annie, who promptly bursts into tears. The problem with crying wolf so often is that it becomes impossible to recognize an authentic cry for help. Annie begs Corcoran not to give up on her, but you can’t tell if she’s being sincere or not. Corcoran clearly can’t tell either and decides to deal with her later. Annie doesn’t seem to be adding much to the story at this point, so it might be better to let her wander off down some dark alley and not come back.

The bigger problem for Corcoran is obviously his marriage. He can’t forgive Ellen for having an affair with Maguire. He also seems to blame himself and her for Maggie’s death. At the end of the episode, he understands that things are never going to be like they were. His marriage is essentially over. Does that mean the poor guy is destined to spend his nights with a needle in his arm? Not necessarily. Eva has a moment early in the episode that suggests she may be pregnant. Maybe it’s Corcoran’s. I’m not entirely opposed to the possibility, but am also not convinced that what Copper needs is a baby on board.

While all this drama is going on, Elizabeth tries to clean up her own mess. Her husband is still safely ensconced in the whorehouse, and her attempts to visit him fail. She is left with the knowledge that she has damaged her relationship by concealing her involvement with the Confederacy, and the only way to rectify the situation is to seek absolution. She decides the way to do this is to take on Sara and Matthew’s quest to bring Sara’s mother to New York. The trick is that her mother is on a plantation in Virginia – part of the Civil War battle zone. If Elizabeth succeeds in bringing Sara’s mother to New York, I might ease up on my Elizabeth dislike. She’s still only doing it to make herself feel better, though.

Even with all the character upheaval, there was still time for some criminal intrigue. Maguire was apprehended for the murder of the young police officer. It was a great moment when Maguire was confronted with his crime. He showed no remorse. It felt like a turning point: any chance at redemption is gone. Maguire’s capture is, naturally, inconvenient for the crime syndicate he’s working for. The designer of the counterfeit bill plates is not happy that the plates are confiscated. Unfortunately, I am not a huge fan of the actor who portrayed the currency designer. His performances always seem over the top and somehow off. I think he was trying to be charismatic, but didn’t quite get there.

On a side note, there were two bits of dialogue that cracked me up. I loved that the convent was called “Sisters of Perpetual Sorrow.” If this was a real convent, the name doesn’t exactly scream, “Come live here!” I also like when Eva recommended Corcoran visit the new girl, Lola. This was clearly a reference to Franka Potente’s break out role in Run Lola Run – which is a fabulous film. This episode was just more fun than what we’ve gotten so far this season. I hope they stick to this direction.

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