By Tish Wells McClatchy Washington Bureau
While the first season of BBC America’s Civil War-period police drama “Copper” started with some child abuse, the second starts with a wedding and a murder.
The second season, beginning Sunday night, opens Feb. 5, 1865, when the war is drawing to a close. Of course, no one knows that.
It is evident that the writers are more comfortable with the time period this season as opposed to the last. They entwine the history of New York and the lower-Manhattan Five Points slum with the changes brought by immigration, particularly of the Irish.
The city itself plays a character in this series, with its brothels, docks and elaborate mansions on the upper end of the island being crucial settings for the plot.
And because of the nature of cable channels, the dialog is salty and profane.
To fully enjoy the show’s tangle of plot lines, it’s helpful to have seen the first season. BBC America’s website has posted an episode guide (www.bbcamerica.com).
New characters in Season 2 will include general-turned-Tammany Hall politician Brendan Donovan (Donal Logue) and former slave Hattie Lemaster (Alfre Woodard).
In season two, episode one, reality immediately strikes. With the end of the war being nowhere in sight, the Union Army needs soldiers to help fight against the Confederacy.
In New York, recruiters are going the extra step by kidnapping boys to provide fresh troops for the front.
There’s much more, of course. Find out on the new season of “Copper.”
Season two of “Copper” begins at 10 p.m. Sunday
on BBC America