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The job of preventing Whitechapel from descending into hell has never been harder for Inspector Reid and his loyal deputies. As the century enters its final decade, society teeters on the brink of moral collapse and nowhere are the bloated British Empire's problems felt more keenly than in its dark heart: the East End of London. The memory of Jack the ripper may have faded but the Whitechapel streets he walked are more dangerous than ever.
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For those in the states who may not yet know, Ripper Street has been cancelled. Although not given to conspiracy theories, the big picture presenting itself behind the cancellation has an appearance of being contrived or political or possibly both. No one knows for sure. However, there are petitions being circulated to reverse the cancellation. One in particular is aimed at BBC America. I will send those links first and urge people to sign and share, or write BBC America or BBC One or both and let them hear how much you love Ripper Street. After posting the links, I will present Everything I witnessed leading up to the cancellation. Here are the petitions:
To BBC America
To BBC One
Now, many American fans who visited the Ripper Street page (or at bare minimum where able to find it) know the page has not been updated much and no info on an air date easily found. An initial release date of 01-Dec-2013 was announced to the Critics Association back in July 2013 [...]). While the date was published on the BBCA press page, it was not posted to the Ripper Street page. On top of it, it was slated to air on Sunday nights at 10pm against the Good Wife and The Mentalist. The premiere in the UK was slated for 01-Oct only to be moved to 28-Oct. when it did air in the UK, it was a Monday night at 9pm up against I'm a Celebrity, Get me out of here. Many Americans got off the Twitter and Facebook feeds because they didn't want spoilers. I watched the Twitter feeds because I did not care about spoilers. I saw posts by Ripper Street cast and crew who had absolute pride in their work. I also saw complaints from people who would miss the program because of work and would either watch it later by recording or BBC iPlayer. But during this whole time, nothing was updated on the BBC America website...no promos, no hints, and no mention of air date other than the press page. The weekend before the slated US premiere, still no promos, no teasers, no mention of whether Ripper Street would air or not ( this was the weekend of the big Dr Who simulcast...no mention of Ripper Street, but a teaser trailer and exact premiere date for Orphan Black....which won't even air until 19-Apr-2014 ). If you were lucky, you might have caught one obscure tweet by BBCA on 24-Nov saying Ripper Street would not air until Feb 2014. A tweeter named Kathy summed up my feelings entirely [...]
Several days later, without a word on the BBCA website, on 04-Dec-2013 Ripper Street was cancelled due to low ratings and before it ever even aired in the states. How that can happen when a Ripper Street was a joint BBC/BBCA production amazes me.
If you can't see something odd here, check your eye prescription. Please protest the cancellation and air date shell game of Ripper Street. Don't worry about how much time passes from the date this message was posted. Keep signing and sharing the petitions.
UPDATE 26-Dec-2013: BBCA has listed a premiere date of 22-Feb-2014! But their website lists a broadcast time of 10pm and their tv ad says it airs 9pm! Make sure if you are in the states that you get the correct air time!
This show has low ratings on Netflix (2.5 out of 5) for some reason. I almost didn't waste my time but I gave it a shot anyways. I tend to avoid British shows, because some I just don't "get". It's due to a lot of the terms they use and sometimes the accents are so thick I cant understand WTH was just said. I didn't have that issue with this show, although I did find my self rewinding a few scenes (one guy spoke so fast and had a THICK ghetto ass British accent *lol*) This is definitely a show for those of a certain intellect. Because there are no extreme/unnecessary nudity, graphic sex scenes, or graphic violent bloody murder scenes. There's also a lot of dialogue between the characters when they're using science & deductive reasoning while working a case. Maybe that's why the reviews are so low over there because certain people figured since it's a show about "Jack The Ripper" they were expecting blood & gore. Anywho....This series isn't just about catching an infamous serial killer. It shows the detectives solving other crimes while the Ripper case went cold here & there. Also gives us a glimpse into their personal lives & issues they're dealing with. Reminds me of whats going on in the Hannibal series, another favorite of mine. I won't give spoilers but there's one distinctive "Hannibal Lecter" influenced scene. Yanno' the "Quid pro quo... Clarice..." dialogue. Let's see if you can guess which episode/scene I'm referring to *haha*
I also love the scenery, props, decor, antique furniture, and homes. They did a really good job at recreating those beautiful antique homes. I have a Victorian home myself (built in 1898), nice to see how the inside may have looked when it was young.
Ripper Street, a BBC production, was apparently cancelled after 2 seasons and Amazon has been instrumental in its revival for a third season - and hopefully more. If you haven't seen it yet, watch from the beginning. Try a few episodes. You won't be disappointed.