I was late to watching Luther. I heard from family and friends how great the show was, so when I learned it was on Netflix a year or so ago, I binged the series in a matter of days. Once i heard Massive Attack’s “Paradise Circus” used as the theme song, I knew I was in for something good.
I quickly fell for Ruth Wilson’s erratic and pleasantly devious Alice Morgan, as well as Idris Elba’s stoic and job obsessed John Luther. When I heard there was going to be a fifth season of the series I was excited. I couldn’t wait to see what Luther was going to get into next.
But with each episode this season, i fell more and more out of love with the show. The first episodes were strong and reminiscent of early episodes of Luther. I was all in for the mysterious killer and his ominous LED halo he used to hide from CCTV cameras as he stalked and murdered his way around London. And if he had stayed the focus of the fifth season, I would be writing about how this season was the best yet.
But that’s not what happened.
Alice Morgan returned from the dead and disrupted both mine and John Luther’s focus. Whenever Luther made a new discovery about the killer and his wife/sidekick, Alice appeared and killed the vibe. I hope the fall at the end of episode four actually killed her. I really do.
This season, and the last episode in particular, really left a sour taste in my mouth. I Love Luther, but i think it’s time to put the show to rest.
Below are few extra gripes I had about Episode 4
- How is Cornelius still alive after Alice shot at him with an automatic weapon from close range? He stood there for a few seconds before even moving out of the way.
- Does Luther sleep? Does Luther Bathe? Does Luther Eat?
- R.I.P. Benny, R.I.P. Haliday, and R.I.P. to all the people wearing that creepy mask in the teacher’s house?
- Why are there so many abandoned warehouses and buildings in London for people to chain people up, have a lover’s quarrel/shootout, and hide in? Someone has to notice all of this happening, right?