Luther (2010– )
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Episode #4.2 

Will a cold case unlock the mystery from Luther's past that is haunting him? The detective is forced to put himself and Emma in danger to stop the serial killer's end game.


Sam Miller


Neil Cross (created by), Neil Cross

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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Idris Elba ... DCI John Luther
Laura Haddock ... Megan Cantor
Dermot Crowley ... DSU Martin Schenk
Patrick Malahide ... George Cornelius
Rose Leslie ... DS Emma Lane
Mark Carey Mark Carey ... Jimmy Segar
Lorraine Hilton Lorraine Hilton ... June Segar
John Heffernan ... Steven Rose
Michael Smiley ... Benny Silver
Tommy French ... Declan Segar
Ash Rizi ... Mohan Rai
Annabel Bates ... Tara Black
Seline Hizli ... Stacey Bell
Hannah Bourne Hannah Bourne ... Katie Woodward
Emma Fischer ... Hannah Woodward


As more murders occur George escapes, leading to a failed hit on Luther, followed by a truce. Rose's computer reveals that he has been spying on over two hundred of his clients but it is the discovery that he is likely to be going after the girlfriend who, long ago, deserted him that gives Luther and sidekick Emma Lane the chance to catch up with him before he can claim more victims. And the message from Alice, albeit from beyond the grave and delivered by a supposed psychic, allows Luther closure on two matters as well as the beginning of a bizarre partnership. Written by don @ minifie-1

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[last lines]
DCI John Luther: They'll do her for intent to supply and then they'll upgrade to murder when they connect the toy to Jonathan.
Megan Cantor: Do you feel better putting it right?
DCI John Luther: Did you hurt her?
Megan Cantor: Who?
DCI John Luther: Alice. Did you?
Megan Cantor: Why would I?
DCI John Luther: Because you wanted me to keep my promise. You had to stop me from leaving.
Megan Cantor: Hmm. It could be that. Or perhaps it could be that Alice Morgan... was your blind spot. You didn't love her, not really. She frightened you and she excited you... and you mistook that for love. But you would have ...
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Back from the brink
28 December 2015 | by LejinkSee all my reviews

And so Idris Elba returns once more to the part of the genius, maverick cop John Luther, quite a coup by the BBC in respect of Elba's growing status as a movie actor in wider circles.

This two-part story gave us the usual deranged, serial-killer for Luther to chase, intertwined with the mysterious death of Luther's evil guardian angel Alice Morgan but who still manages to get a message to him conveying a vital clue about a long-past cold case he's never quite got over.

By the end of the two episodes, pretty much all is satisfactorily wound up with on the face of it a whole new different Alice-type female character ready to strike up another unusual relationship with him and which might lead to another series in time.

The problem with the previous series is that a good proportion of the strongest and most familiar characters got taken out, mostly physically (this happens quite a lot around Luther), with only his chief and tech-wizard Barney still around from before. This time around a new young female cop becomes his assistant, toughened up by the death of her previous partner at the hands of the new baddie. As usual, the killer gets an unusual M.O. Besides coming on like a combination of Norman Bates and Hannibal Lecter, he is able to creepily observe his prey from the computers he's previously installed for them. Also as usual, the murders themselves are suitably grisly and blood-spattered with Luther racing against the clock to stop him escalating his spree to kill the family of an ex-girlfriend who dropped him years ago.

There's one other complication for our hero as he severely ticks off a criminal overlord who then proceeds to order a hit on Luther out of spite. While I did miss the characters of Justin, Alice etc, I also liked the new girl helping out here, well played by Rose Leslie. Elba effortlessly dominates proceedings as ever combining a steely resolve to an emotional vulnerability. There's no new romantic interest, perhaps due to the shortened storyline but it wasn't missed.

All in all this was a fine production, well up to the standards of previous series. What next after this, another one-off special or even the talked-of movie? Either way, let's hope the big guy returns again, he'll be missed if he doesn't.

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