Luther series 1 – 3 – BBC TV Show

December 16, 2014 3:53 am by
Luther BBC poster - Big Fat Kill

Overview

A crime drama series starring Idris Elba as a near-genius murder detective whose brilliant mind can't always save him from the dangerous violence of his passions.

Cast

  • Idris Elba - DCI John Luther
  • Warren Brown - DS Justin Ripley
  • Dermot Crowley - DSU Martin Schenk
  • Michael Smiley - Benny Silver

Creator

  • Neil Cross

Review

Overall the show is good and Elba is excellent as the titular character but . . . there’s always a but. . .

Series 1 – 6 episodes and the first 4 are good but the last two seem to have been an afterthought by Croaa and pasted on after the first 4 to stretch the series to 6 episodes. The plot of the last two episodes seems forced even though it concerns an incredibly important event in the Luther universe. Also, the Hannibal Lector/Ted Bundy/Moriarty killer who Luther confides in seems like something out of a comic book which leads me to the next 2 series . . .

Series 2 and 3 are 4 episodes a piece and this is a good length as nothing seems wasted or stretched (god knows what they’re going to do when it goes Stateside). The show in these series becomes increasingly cartoon like with the killers/villains becoming more and more like comic super villains but this is pretty cool and makes Luther stand out from the rest.

3.5 Stars (3.5 / 5)

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