Thursday, August 22, 2013
Another area where “Whitechapel” differs from the likes of less than subtle American crime drama is, unfortunately, in the worldview being presented. America may indulge special effects and the ability to show more blood than Europe, but it tends to still tell optimistic stories. We still like to believe good can win out over evil. “Whitechapel” has a decidedly darker outlook. The crimes are solved, but usually not in time to save lives. Often the criminals do not really face justice even though they are “found out.” And our main character can’t catch a break in his personal life.
DI Chandler has got to be the loneliest, most trapped in isolation, main character going. That may be the greatest drawback to this show. Other shows like “Luther” may have less atmospheric, interesting cases to face, but the characters are people we can’t get enough of. “Whitechapel” has excellent acting, but the characters themselves are not people with whom we find ourselves wanting to spend our time.