'Luther' season three doesn't fail to impress
Published: Sunday, September 8, 2013
Updated: Sunday, September 8, 2013 22:09
Season 3 of BBC’s psychological, crime drama miniseries aired last week on BBC America. No, not “Sherlock,” but a series that deserves just as much attention, “Luther.” This powerful series follows London’s Detective Chief Inspector Luther, Idris Elba, who is as dark and gritty as the series’ portrayal of London, and as intelligent as the brilliantly written series itself. He uses a profound understanding of human psychology to catch psychopathic serial killers as he deals with his own personal issues.
The latest season starts off a little differently than expected, after two seasons of watching Luther struggle with his own life we get to see how other characters see him. The first scene depicts Luther as a war hero as he walks out of a burning building, criminal in hand, making jokes about the injuries his partner sustained. Rare are the moments where Luther is alone to express his brooding. Instead this episode dives into a plot making Luther out to be a crooked cop. Characters defend him, characters insult him. Characters see Luther as they want to see him; a hero, a criminal, even a love interest but none depict him as the struggling human he is and has been for the last two seasons. This isn’t an issue; in fact it gives room for other characters to grow around him. After two seasons the audience knows Luther and how he thinks, for the most part, but the other characters don’t and it has set a path for great conflict to arise this season.
Of course this isn’t the only conflict present as another serial killer is on the loose, and this plot doesn’t take a back seat. “Luther” never reveals just how dark it is till the latest psychopath commits a murder, and this episode offers some of the darkest and most terrifying scenes of the entire series. At certain moments it is easy to forget that “Luther” is a detective show and not a horror film.
There is a difference between tension and suspense and “Luther” knows it. The tension caused by dilemmas surrounding Luther and the suspense from waiting for a psychopath’s next move are vastly different feelings. From this episode alone “Luther” may be more accurately defined as a thriller, but once Luther’s trademarked detective skills appear you’ll be hard pressed to deny its crime drama brilliance.
“Luther” has already proven itself as one of the best crime dramas in the last ten years from its last two seasons. With this start to season 3 there’s no reason for “Luther” not to continue the trend of excellence it has held since its creation. It would be best to watch “Luther” from the beginning as some old cases and characters come up, but it is completely worth it and highly recommended. BBC America aired all the episodes of season 3 last week so keep an eye out for reruns!