Luther: Season 3 (2013)
Season InfoIdris Elba, known for playing drug dealer Stringer Bell on "The Wire," is back in the third season of "Luther" as he explores life on the other side of the law in this psychological crime drama from acclaimed crime writer Neil Cross ("MI-5"). Elba portrays John Luther, a brilliant but tortured homicide detective who gets caught up in the psychological cat-and-mouse game between detective and criminal. The third season includes DCI Erin Gray ( Nikki Amuka-Bird) as she adjusts to her recent … More
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The season finale wasn't quite the explosive full-stop that we'd come to expect, but it was a nice rounding off to this chapter of the show. Whatever will they do next?
After watching tonight, you'll check under the bed before slipping under the covers.
A "season" of Luther feels brief, because it is. After a two-year wait, the whole thing begins and ends this week. But because it wastes none of that time, it also feels like we've been studying this guy for a long time.
At this point, Luther is what it is, and we may be wishing we had it back if the film industry, which is doing its best to pry Elba away from TV, fails to use the actor's many skills to their fullest capacity.
Sensationalism trumps subtlety once more. Both Luther and Idris Elba deserve so much more.
It was clear from this opening scene that all the elements that made it one of the most worthwhile British imports had survived the two-year hiatus between seasons intact.
The plotting is perfunctory at best, and woefully, repetitively tired at worst.
Luther is a great example of all of the annoying a TV show can do and still be worth watching, so long as it gets some essential things right.
Luther presents a problem for drama writers: Heal him and he's less interesting; perpetuate his damage and the show gets repetitive. Luther seems stuck in the latter cycle.
I didn't think there was much left on television that could break through the numbness, much less scare me silly. And then Luther came back.
Elba makes Luther's haunted, lonely soul into something faceted and more sympathetic than most of TV's broody detectives.
If Luther were substantially longer, I wouldn't have the patience for it. Four hours is brief enough that the joy of seeing Elba back on TV outweighs the silliness of Luther as a whole.
Mr. Elba... is a perfect match for the troubled-genius cop who towers over everyone, physically, intellectually and morally.
Season three is consistently toned, crisp, mean, and morally irresolvable.
It gets darker, scarier and more captivating with each episode as Luther matches wits with killers and cops alike.
If the third time isn't quite the charm, the show isn't without its brooding pleasures.
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