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I didn't really think I had anything to say about this week's episode of Ripper Street, but then I read this article and it turned out I had things to say after all. So:

I mostly found this episode pretty boring. The case of the week did not really grab me, there were way too many scenes that just involved listening to Merrick's labored breathing, and it's only the second episode and I'm already really sick of this Shine storyline and dreading the fact that it's likely to last throughout the rest of the series.

That said, hey Damien Molony. I like you. And, as the above article makes sure to note, you've apparently managed to land another character who shows up to replace a recently departed fan favorite. And so far you're just not [insert recently departed fan favorite].

I think I must have missed something by watching the first series of this show on Netflix several months after it aired. I never would have guessed that Hobbs was so beloved by the fanbase. I mean, I probably should have guessed, given that he's cute and looks like he's about 12 (and apparently people ship him with Jackson, though I'm not really sure why other than the fact that he's cute and looks like he's about 12 and therefore he must be shipped with the other fan favorite) but mostly the character never made much impression on me. I can see why Reid et al mourn him, of course, but as a show viewer, I wasn't really mourning him much. Therefore, it didn't really occur to me to compare the character to Hobbs, except to the extent that the show did by having the characters worry/object to his presence (I have no idea why Reid says he's a boy, though, when Hobbs looked 12 and Damien Molony most definitely does not, but whatever).

I will, however, agree with the article's points that so far DC Flight is a pretty shit cop (the title of the article I linked above: Is Constable Flight the Worst Policeman Ever?). He's overly eager and pompous/arrogant and he fails a couple times and then really fails when he falls asleep on the job (is this where his angst is going to come from the rest of the season, or does he have some super tragic backstory as well?), which results in Shine managing to kill Merrick (in another really long scene full of Merrick's labored breathing). Unfortunately, based on the doctor's words, everyone seems to think that Merrick killed himself, so Flight's probably not getting blamed for this yet (which is why I'm wondering if he'll be angsting about it the rest of the series) and also we're going to have to continue to deal with this Shine storyline. Dammit.

Most of the article seems to be recapping Flight's transgressions throughout the episode. It then goes on to compare him unfavorably to the dearly departed Hobbs, and concludes with the following: The episode ends without any emphasis on Flight’s failure, however I’m sure we’ll see some sort of repercussions in the next episode. He’s got a lot of work to claw his way out of the hole he’s put himself in and, at this point, it seems doubtful that he’ll ever be worthy of H Division.

Has this person never watched television before, or is the conclusion to the article just more literal recapping of what happens in this episode and that's it? Because it seems a little silly to say that it seems doubtful the character will ever be worthy of H Division when Flight becoming worthy of H Division was just set up by this episode as the likely arc for this character. (eta - though now that I'm thinking about it, they're right in that it would seem an even more obvious arc had it been clear to everyone that Flight was at fault for Merrick's death right away. The fact that the show did not emphasize Flight's failure there is interesting.)

I suppose the show might surprise us and have him flip the bird to H Division, join forces with Shine, and therefore make him thoroughly hated, but doesn't it seem a whole lot more likely (based on the fact that they did show us that the character has good qualities in addition to his failings) that he'll angst a bit about his initial failures, and then make up for them, becoming an appreciated/accepted/worthy member of the team by the end of the series?

I mean, maybe not. Maybe he'll continue to be a shit cop and he'll leave disgraced at the end or something (after getting beat on several more times based on circulating promo photos). This episode really seemed like a clear setup for later redemption to me though. I almost wonder if he'll be the only one who doesn't believe that Merrick's death was a suicide moving forward, therefore working extra hard to get to the bottom of this Shine bullshit.

Or maybe the character's tragic backstory/secret is that he's narcoleptic. That could be fun! ;)

Also, this show needs to feature way less Shine and way more Jackson, please. This episode was sadly lacking in Jackson, though I enjoyed the fight between Jackson and Susan and the bit of fallout with Reid afterward. Also, Jackson + Flight + cigarettes. Also Drake + Flight + 'you should call her Mrs. Drake'. Also Reid's face in general.

Date: 2013-11-06 02:19 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] istne-pieklo.livejournal.com
I haven't seen the rest of Ripper Street and I don't think I want to, but I watched this ep and I agree that it was boring. Though idk maybe it's because I haven't seen the rest, don't know the characters, etc. I LOLed at this article because oh, so true. XD
you've apparently managed to land another character who shows up to replace a recently departed fan favorite. And so far you're just not [insert recently departed fan favorite]. I never get this feeling because when it came to BH, I liked him instantly and I never felt like he was "replacing" Mitchell (not until series 5 actually did make him act a lot like Mitchell in some cases) and in this case I've never seen the fan favourite he's replacing, but I can imagine that it's annoying to some fans...
Or maybe the character's tragic backstory/secret is that he's narcoleptic. Oh, that would be original! XD
I'll keep watching for Damien but I don't see myself becoming invested in this show... I still think his character should just elope with Gower's character from Murdoch Mysteries and they should have their own show. XDD

Date: 2013-11-06 02:34 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] zoicite.livejournal.com
This episode was a bit of a snoozefest, in my opinion (in that I actually *did* fall asleep and had to finish watching it the next morning). Ah well.

His character on Ripper Street is nothing like the character he's "replacing" here either, really. Except that people think they're both young, I guess. I agree though, Hal was far more likeable right from the start (and then he went downhill in series 5, so maybe Flight will follow the opposite path!)

The title of that article is great, and I found a lot of it amusing (mostly because I enjoy picking on characters for doing stupid things, and Flight did a lot of stupid things in this episode, and a lot of his one-liners really were eye-roll inducing and terrible) but I would have enjoyed it more if it wasn't so clearly written by a butthurt Hobbs fan (I seriously had no idea this character had a big following until this week).

I wouldn't say it's a super fave by any stretch, but I like Ripper Street overall. Even so, I honestly think I'd vote for Damien on your Murdoch Mysteries spinoff over Damien on RS any day!

Date: 2013-11-06 02:37 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] istne-pieklo.livejournal.com
Oh, his one-liners were dreadful but I kind of thought that was the point? Isn't he supposed to be annoying as hell? I just thought he was because all other characters made faces like: ugh go away XDDDD
Ugh, I'd even write that spin-off (never mind that it'd be a fanfic, we could all just imagine Damien there), but I have no idea how to tackle that. XDDD

Date: 2013-11-06 02:41 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] zoicite.livejournal.com
re: cheesy one-liners
I think that was totally the point, yes!

re: spinoff
The only things I know about this show and Gower's character are the things you've said in your posts, but I would totally read that fanfic! ;)

(I also still really want that fic with Cutler's doppleganger as Hal's series 5 recruit, PS!)

Date: 2013-11-06 02:49 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] istne-pieklo.livejournal.com
LOL, the things I said in my posts are actually all there is to know about him (and I myself haven't seen the rest of the show and don't plan to XD).
Aww, I'd love to try but idk... would I have to rewatch s5 for that? B/c so far I blocked it out of my memory.
Speaking of fics, I do plan on reading yours. <3 I've seen it on AO3. I just need to sort out my pesky eyesight troubles first, argh.

Date: 2013-11-06 02:54 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] zoicite.livejournal.com
Pfft. You don't need to rewatch s5. You could just use whatever parts you remember and want to use and then make up the rest. It'd probably be better that way anyway. ;)

pesky eyesight troubles? That sounds less than ideal :(

And no worries, re: fic. It's pretty much just self-indulgent threesome porn anyway (or well, that's what I intended it to be, but the characters wouldn't shut up, so I mostly totally failed at that in the end)

Date: 2013-11-06 02:57 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] istne-pieklo.livejournal.com
Good point. XDDD I do need to get out of my writer's block pit. >_<
It's nothing serious, I just spend too much time at the computer, so my eyes get very tired after work these days. I tried vitamins, they helped with the eyes but caused other issues, so I had to stop taking them, go me. XD
Hahaha, isn't that what the characters always do? Take over the story and turn it inside out? XD I'm glad you keep writing though. <3