BBC America’s beloved copper returned for an all new (too short) fifth series. Idris Elba reprises his role as DCI John Luther, a detective on the brink fighting London’s most vile serial killers. With one of four episodes already done, we are in for another psychologically damning thrill ride.
The last we saw John Luther, he was entrenched in a case that stirred up past demons, and his attachment to killer friend Alice Morgan. With Alice gone and his vices seemingly under control, Luther is back on the beat as a new foe emerges.
This first episode drags us back into the gritty fold with a clown-masked murderer stalking his victims. As Luther and his team begin to dig, they discover the merciless spree is spawned by the suspect’s arousal with blood – particularly blood forged by a nail gun.
Luther, longtime boss Martin Schenk and new DS Catherine Halliday connect the suspect to a therapist – Vivian Lake – who explains he is one of her clients. Her willingness to provide information is helpful, but when pushed for more, she isn’t as forthcoming. There’s more than just therapist-client privilege behind her affection for this man.
Apart from this killer’s terror, crime lord George Cornelius violently interrupts Luther’s life. He suspects John is involved with his son Allistar’s sudden disappearance. John guarantees he has nothing to do with it. And he’s telling the truth.
That is until an old friend knocks on his door. Alice unexpectedly returns. I believe viewers are to assume she has everything to do with the Cornelius boy’s kidnapping. And once again, she’s roped her favorite copper into the mix.
Episode two airs Sunday, June 9 at 8 p.m. on BBC America.