Luther Season Three
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Idris Elba (The Wire) won a Golden Globe for his depiction of John Luther in this gripping, smart, and riveting psychological thriller from the BBC. In this new mini-series, a twisted fetishist is targeting young women in London. As Luther is called to another case, will the killer escape his grips? Luther faces an even bigger threat as members of his own team will stop at nothing to bring him down. And as a vigilante killer takes justice into his own hands, Luther questions his own sense of morality. Can he continue to walk the thin line between right and wrong, or has he finally met his match?]]>
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4-episode (3-storylines/2-cases) season.
The overriding theme of Series 3 being an Internal Affairs investigation of Luther. The 2-cases involve a serial killer cum woman's shoe thief and a vigilante.
Apparently, the inspiration for Luther came from both "Sherlock Holmes" and "Columbo". While I don't see all that much of "Holmes", I came up with "Luther" as "Columbo 2.0" on my own.
As an American watching "Luther", I found myself frequently screaming at the TV, "where is your gun!" There was also a dramatic scene where even though I knew it was coming, it still provided my with a jolt that my wife commented on the next morning! So what pushes "Luther" over the top from 4* territory to 5*? Namely, as intriguing a character as there is on television, the deliciously psychotic Alice Morgan, played brilliantly by Ruth Wilson. Alice, a recurring character from past series, made a surprise entrance in episode 4, which pushed the series as a whole into 5*. I hear that there is talk of a spin-off.....
Amazon UK has a great package price for Series 1-3 (all-in 14-episodes). As I stated in previous reviews, a region free DVD player will pay for itself with the savings on a few purchases by virtue of the Amazon/Amazon UK pricing differential (even factoring in shipping).
This last four episode season was absurdly overpacked. This meant summary character development. This meant borderline implausible twists. This meant that the detective work dedicated to capturing the killer suffered. [In fact, there was really little to no actual detective work applied to home-in on the vigilante.] The first season was packed with great and telling flashes of John Luther's personal life -- those flashes raised the stakes when the personal and professional overlapped. Here, Mary -- the entire sum of Luther's personal life this season -- was nothing more than a throw-in. We knew next to nothing about her, beyond the fact that Mary was cute, smart, had a job, and was smitten with Luther. If we had been able to see more of her, then maybe we would have cared more when Mary ended up in trouble. But I admit I am most displeased with the Ripley arc. I thought he grew over the second season and was becoming a great show focus in his own right. But he was utterly wasted in the third season. [The very idea that those other two cops could so easily put him in any kind of bind reduced Ripley's character to a mere cipher.]
And Alice Morgan. [Sigh.] I really wish they had done better by her incredible character than use her as a deux ex machina in the very last act. I would have liked to see a return to the jousting between Alice and John that made Season 1 so intriguing. Instead, Alice just happens to creep in just when she's needed.Read more ›
To me, Season One succeeded as a wild and over-the-top ride as Luther became increasingly unhinged throughout the episodes. It also introduced Ruth Wilson as the cunning murderess Alice. Her unsettling bond with Luther, to me, has always been the dramatic high point of the series. Season Two was missing some of the dynamic interplay between Luther and Alice that I loved, but the cases were viciously messy, disturbing, and utterly memorable. Therefore, I was expecting a lot from Season Three. And while I enjoyed the four new episodes (there are essentially two two-parters), it wasn't until the second case that the show ramped up and amped up to the grand entertainment I was anticipating.Read more ›
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I am devastated to lose Justin! I loved where their relationship was going. Even was intrigued with the Erin Gray/Justin Ripley connection. Everything but that was magnificent!Published 28 days ago by Leeann
You can't leave the room. This guy! His coat! Alice! I love LUTHER!Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
This is a great series! And I wish it was longer! You have to bring him back! I wish the volume was a little better, however.Published 1 month ago by NewYorkLady
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