Wednesday, 12 May 2010


[6.47 - French Time] Yesterday evening on BBC One there was the latest episode of a suspenseful thriller about the tragedy and weight of human emotions. But sadly it was not the second episode of Luther, the Idris Elba starrer created and written by Neil Cross.

DCI John Luther (Elba) investigates the shooting of two uniformed police officers aswering a 999 call but it's only the beginning of a series. Meanwhile, Luther's nemesis Alice Morgan (Ruth Wilson) seeks to know the truth about the event that lead to John's suspension and wants a little chat with Zoe (Indira Varma).

Too bad for fans of the great Idris Elba (The Wire) but his formidable on-screen presence doesn't suffice to save episode 2 of Luther. And screenwriters should be fined every time they use the "ex-soldier gone wild" and "the hero provokes the killer on TV" plot elements. Sorry for the rest of the cast too, particularly Paul McGann and Saskia Reeves - Luther's female gov seems escaped from a Lynda La Plante drama.

John Luther is a cop "on the edge" and proves it on the roof. But he's not Sam Tyler.

Tuesday 9pm (British Time) on BBC One.

P.S.: Wonder if international versions of the show will have Paradise Circus by Massive Attack as its theme song (remember what happened with Teardrop on House).

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