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But, on a rainy Saturday afternoon a few weeks later, I finally decided to watch the next episode ... and ended up watching to the end, on the edge of my seat.
The episodes look gorgeous, as BBC productions generally do, and the stories are dark and gritty and very intense. Not for the squeamish. But perfect for anyone who appreciates an emotional, finely-crafted drama that will suck you in and surprise you at every turn.
While it is not necessarily as unique as it claims - in many ways, it is a fairly standard police drama, with a damaged detective with personal problems and all the people who have to put up with him - there are always ways to make the old genre feel new, and Luther does this brilliantly. The uniqueness of this series hinges on the characters, especially Alice, and on the twists and turns in the last two episodes that will take your breath away.
I haven't heard yet if this series has been renewed for a second season, but even if it isn't (and I sincerely hope it is), there is enough greatness here to make it one of those legendary shows that you never forget.
Elba, though magnetic, is not the show's primary asset in my estimation. Nor are the actual crimes, for that matter. It's all about presentation. One story line revolving around a cop killer had some quite unexpected and shocking violence. One thing lacking from most TV procedurals are a palpable feeling of tension--of "anything can happen"--and "Luther" can leave you effectively unsettled. And as the season progresses, that latter episodes become progressively more unhinged. Another routine abduction case was brought to vivid life with a diabolical, super creepy villain and notorious face licker. But my favorite element of the show, by far, is that "Luther has managed to cast a psychotic murderess in its leading lady role. Ruth Wilson provides a fantastic foil for Elba and I loved every moment of their interactions!Read more ›
I can't recommend this enough. Do yourself a favor and watch this series. It will stay with you for months to come.
But I digress; now, back to Luther! Lastly, some people have pointed out the implausibility of the plots - well yeah... (Those people apparently haven't seen Wire in the Blood; talk about implausible). Plus, when have you seen a crime drama where the plots are all plausible? Most real life detectives would only have one (if that) of these cases during their entire careers; then they'd retire from the stress. This is why we have fiction people.
DON'T MISS THIS SERIES!
This series is indeed "new" to me reminding me alot of the series "Prime Suspect" because of its intensity. I am just very glad that I purchased it; I do hope that there are future seasons because I am hopelessly "hooked".
Please be advised that Episode five (5) is really really riveting, exciting and heartbreaking with all of the actors giving overwhelming performances especially Steven Mackintosh (of Our Mutual Friend. Better for Girls, etc) who is simply wonderful. What performances. This episode had me almost on the floor in total awe of its greatness.
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I've heard about Luther and wanted to see for myself. This is season one and after the first few scenes I was drawn in and hooked. Read morePublished 22 days ago by Prosper2010
Excellent police drama but for adults only (Post watershed). Idris Elba is a great actor and is supported by a great cast. High marks! And try not to love Ruth Wilson's Alice!!Published 26 days ago by E. Guerrido
Okay, so I'm in love with Idris Elba and adore his LUTHER series. Why has this compelling British actor taken so long to catch fire across the pond? Read morePublished 1 month ago by Mary Lewis
I made it to ten minutes of episode three of the first season, and I found the use of exanguinating and murdering overtly terrified women as a mere "plot hook" to be more... Read morePublished 3 months ago by G. A. Kathryns
My 17 yo adores Idris Elba and will flip over getting the entire series at Christmas.Published 3 months ago by VANESSA Y. MCCLINCHY
Luther is one of those television shows that divides people, viewers and critics alike. To say the psychological crime drama received a mixed response when its first season,... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Craig M Sisterson