Thursday, September 29, 2011

Luther - Series Two, Episode One

After providing an engaging first series centered around a troubled genius detective with a mean-streak and a penchant for breaking the rules Luther returns for another season on BBC America.

After serving his suspension Luther (Idris Elba) returns to the force as part of the new Serious and Serial Unit under the command of former police complaints officer DCI Martin Schenk (Dermot Crowley). The conditions of his reinstatement are clear: no playing outside the lines and he agrees to stay away from Alice Morgan (Ruth Wilson). Knowing Luther, it shouldn't be a surprise that he breaks both promises in a single episode.

Luther's first case back involves a masked serial killer (Lee Ingleby) who taunts the police on camera after killing a series of young women in alleys. The first episode also includes a B-story where Luther, against his better judgement, agrees to help the wife (Kierston Wareing) of a man he sent to prison get her daughter (Aimee-Ffion Edwards) out of a life of prostitution.

Much like the first series the first episode of series two centers around odd relationships such as the unusual friendship between Luther and Mark (Paul McGann) which was formed during the fallout of Zoe's (Indira Varma) death. And not only does Luther visit Alice in the mental institutions she's been imprisioned he helps arrange her escape. Luther also recruits his old partner Detective Justin Ripley (Warren Brown) for part of the new team.

If last season, and the first episode we get here, is any indication Luther should provide quite a bit of intriguing, and unexpected, fun. I know I'll be watching.

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