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Elba Steals the Show as the Near-Genius Detective
on 11 March 2015
'Luther' is a show that defines quality over quantity. There may be dozens of unremarkable carbon-copy crime dramas out there that focus on the standard typical lonely, brooding and haunted detective figure, but 'Luther' stands apart from the crowd by some margin.
Writer Neil Cross has created something of a gem here, but I fear it's Idris Elba's fascinating and frankly hypnotic performance as the titular detective that really sells this series. Elba is a tour de force in the role, and I daresay this will be one of the defining performances of his career, alongside his performance as Stringer Bell in 'The Wire'. Luther is a character who cannot be explained without making the guy sound like a cliche, and honestly I feel that no other actor could have brought this intriguing character to life with the energy, charisma, dedication or originality that Elba managed.
Totalling just 14 episodes across three seasons, 'Luther' takes viewers on an emotional roller coaster as we are given insight into the troubled world of DCI John Luther, and embark on numerous gruesome cases as the near-genius detective struggles with some serious personal demons that never seem to end.
It's one hell of a ride, and with the show returning for two specials in 2015, be sure to catch up on Seasons 1-3 before returning to this dark yet endlessly fascinating world, set to the stark backdrop of a particularly bleak 21st Century London as seen through the eyes of Luther.