The moment Luther fans have been waiting for is finally here. DCI John Luther (the incomparable Idris Elba) is back to take down some of London’s most ruthless and vicious killers, anyway possible. By his side, taking out London’s trash, is his trusted partner-in-crime (solving), DS Justin Ripley (Warren Brown). Lutherans (a term I coined just now for fans of the show) will also be pleased to know that all four episodes of the third season (or series, for BBC fans) will be released over four sequential days. That’s right, four straight nights of Luther! Boosh!
Friends, Lutherans, Countrymen! Lend me your ears! Last night marked night number two of the four-night Luther marathon. After everything that happened in the premiere, I was on pins and needles waiting to find out what happens next to London’s favorite gruff, but lovable, copper. To say Luther has a lot on his plate would be the understatement of the century. He’s got a blossoming relationship with the lovely Mary Day, he’s working TWO cases for London’s Metro, one of which was handed to him, so that Internal Affairs can keep tabs on him. The other case is much more brutal and involves a creepy serial killer breaking into people’s homes and brutally murdering them, which may have connections to a string of murders throughout London years ago. Never fear, though, DCI John Luther is on the case.
Last night, Luther premiered its penultimate episode, and, boy, was it a heart pounder. After having nabbed the creepy, toothbrush-sucking serial killer Paul Ellis, Luther must now catch a sawed-off shotgun-wielding, vigilante serial killer (Elliott Cowan) who is using social media to drum up support for his cause. Now, Luther is in a race against the clock to stop him before he kills again. Things don’t start off so white-knuckled, though, as John is settling in to his relationship with Mary, a side of John we’ve rarely seen in the series. The moment where Ripley shows up at his door and John invites him in is one of the most endearing of the entire series in my opinion. It shows how far the two have come as partners over the years. It isn’t long before that moment is gone and things return to the roller-coaster ride of emotion we’re used to in Luther.
This is it. Luther is over. No more tweed jacket. No more blood red tie. No more villains that make your skin crawl. At least until they do a Luther movie. I hope they do. If it’s ever announced, I will be camped out like a Star Wars fan in anticipation of The Phantom Menace, but without the disappointment of finding out that midichlorians are what make Luther such a good detective.
It’s hard to believe that it’s been 20 years, two entire decades since The X-Files premiered. I was 7. When I was around 10 or 11, I saw my first episode and was hooked. It was one of the early “creature feature” episodes, and from then on I would watch it every week, even though I wasn’t supposed to. I used to think waiting week to week for new episodes was excruciating, now I have to wait month to month and it’s killing me. Luckily, I have Netflix to tide me over between the new issues of Joe Harris’ fun, exciting, and faithful comic book series X-Files: Season 10, published by IDW. The penultimate installment of “Believers” gives us a bit more insight into what’s going on at Yellowstone, and what part Scully’s abductor may play in it.
X-Files: Season 10 keeps the awesome train a rollin’ with the fifth and final installment of the “Believers” storyline. It’s all come down to this. What do the Acolytes have up their sleeves for Mulder and Scully? What is their grand plan? For the answer, you’re going to have to read the fifth issue for yourself. I will say that it’s a thrill ride from start to finish. Joe Harris continues to show why he is the perfect writer for the job. It has what every good X-Files episode has: mystery, suspense, humor, the paranormal, of course, and, most importantly, it always leaves you wanting more. Whenever I run across a fan of the show, I always make sure to mention Season 10. This is an absolute must-read for every X-Files fan, pure and simple. I’m very much looking forward to seeing where the series goes next! I’m hooked and can’t wait for another fix next issue!
*Please note that this article is an opinion-editorial.
Steven Spielberg. Martin Scorsese. Francis Ford Coppola. George Lucas. These master storytellers are some of my biggest influences for two reasons. The first is their incredible repertoires of work. The second is the freedom they had to tell their stories. These are the guys that taught me how to be a filmmaker, and that if you wanted to be one, you needed to grow a beard. (See Exhibits A-D) They pioneered one of the greatest eras of cinematic history, The Storyteller Era. The period in the annals of filmmaking history, where the director had true control over his/her story. Some of the greatest movies ever made were made in this time. Raiders of the Lost Ark, Star Wars, Taxi Driver, The Godfather, Jaws, Raging Bull, Apocalypse Now. I could go on. And on. And on.