TV Review: Luther – Season 2

Season 2 sees Luther (Idris Elba) struggling to cope with his wife’s murder and considering leaving the police force. Of course starting a new life is not as easy as it looks, especially when there are killers on the loose.

This time Luther is facing a masked killer intent on wrecking havoc and drawing attention to himself in the most devastating possible way along with a violent attacker who sees crime as a game.

If that wasn’t enough he gets drawn into caring for Jenny (Aimee-Ffion Edwards) of a man he once arrested. Jenny has some pretty hardcore enemies who aren’t afraid to use her as leverage to get what they want from Luther. This will test his resourcefulness to the limit but also draw the attention of DCI Erin Gray (Nikki Amuka-Bird) who is desperate to prove that Luther is dirty. Loyalties are tested to the limit and one has to ask just how long Luther’s ability to get the job done will keep his closest allies turning a bling eye to his methods.

Once again I absolutely loved this season. The two major criminal cases that ran through them were so creative and intriguing, especially the one with violence as a game that I was hooked. I also loved the relationship between Luther and Jenny. Although Luther makes a lot of questionable decisions, he has a very soft heart and is ultimately desperate for someone to take care of. With Jenny he gets to take on a father role and it gives him real humanity and makes you root for him even harder.

Although Erin is a bit of a loathsome character, Nikki Amuka-Bird does a great job with her. You can see her frustration and disappointment throughout. She wants to play by the rules but Luther only cares about results. The rules are irrelevant if you are not catching the bad guy.

Idris Elba remains the star of the show. He was born to play Luther. Anyone else might have made him into a villain but in Elba’s hands, you always want him to get away with whatever he’s been up to this time.

Even better than season 1. Get on it now.

5/5

7 Comments

  1. Luther can do no wrong with me. Even the ‘quiet’ episodes are better than almost anything else on TV. I’m up to date so far, and eagerly awaiting more! πŸ™‚
    Best wishes, Pete.

  2. This is slightly off-topic, but I just watched a mini-series that you might like. I don’t know if they’re showing it in the UK, though. We watched it on our cable station, Bravo. It was called Dirty John and it has only 8 episodes. It’s about a Con-man named John who has a pretty, danged dirty past. The last episode had a twist that I didn’t see coming, and it’s all true!

    1. I found it on Netflix and downloaded the first episode to check out!

  3. I recently watched Luther for the first time and loved it! It was well worth the watch and really well done. Elba truly makes Luther an intense character.

    1. It’s soooooo good. I’m halfway through season 5 and I’m so hooked.

    2. GaryGreg828

      this is one I kept telling Eric to watch a few years back, and he loved it, as well, once he finally watched. Loved seasons 1&2. Glad to see you liked it, as well; very underrated series.

  4. GaryGreg828

    this is my favorite crime-series all-time! The first two seasons are immaculate story-telling, and that showdown in downtown London w/ the suicide bomber on the finale of season 2 was one of the greatest sequences I’ve seen in film/TV. The series has declined since season 2, but I think season 5 was really good up until the end, I thought felt rushed and forced. Season 3 was good, but was rushed; it should have been 6-8 episodes, and could have been really good. I’m glad you got to see this one. I am always recommending it. I got Isaacs to watch it a while ago, and he loved it once he watched.

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