Luther Series 3
Cast & Characters
The third and final series of Luther is as strong as ever but the storytelling gets a little to convenient in the second half.
Yesterday I realized I hadn’t watched the latest few episodes of the incredible BBC series, Luther starring (and produced by) lovable movie star Idris Elba as DCI John Luther. It aired earlier this year as four episodes and I marathon’d it entirely yesterday.
As expect, it was great and the cast are as good as ever, with only one weak spot. The only other gripes of note come from some of the overly convenient storytelling the seeps in in the latter half of the third series.
There’s always a major arc in each season of Luther that plays throughout each series in the background, and in this one we’re back to Luther being investigated for being a dirty cop and committing a few murders. The investigators blackmail Luther’s partner DS Justin Ripley to wear a wire and help them gather evidence. The man leading this charge however, is completely contradictory to everything he claims to stand for and its frustrating at times watching what he says and does in his efforts to take down Luther.
In the end, loyalty prevails and just as it does and all is rainbows and happiness, the most interesting antagonist yet, introduced in episode three, takes a very dark and inexplicable turn. That character plays into the final episode as well and serves to tie up seemingly all of the loose ends. It was too convenient and they wasted the potential of a character that could continue to shake things up for investigators.
Still, Luther is strong and Ruth Wilson’s Alice Morgan makes an epic return before the end of the series. The only sad part is that the writer and Idris Elba don’t believe there will be a fourth series and that’s the the real crime for the show, for fans anyway. They are confident in the idea of making a Luther movie and if they’re going to, we can only hope it happens soon.