LUTHER (UK) “Season 2 Episode 3? Review

LUTHER "Season 2 Episode 3? – One of the biggest gripes I have with police procedurals is that they do not focus enough on the characters: they’re plot driven shows rather than my preferred choice of character driven. Criminal Minds, Law and Order, they all follow the plot driven formula and spend, in my humble opinion, far too much time on the criminal, and not nearly enough time on the police officers investigating the case.

With Luther, I think I finally realized what these other shows are missing, and it is not, contrary to my own belief, more time for character development, but two things: first actual detective work. Too often on Criminal Minds the characters will turn to Garcia. Tap, tap, tap she goes on her computer, and poof, the crime is solved using some obscure parameters like: "white male, in his twenties or thirties, with daddy issues somewhere in the Los Angeles area." Luther avoids this mess of storytelling by using actual detective work. Sure, sometimes Luther’s genius is a bit too convenient, like his random stab in the dark about the killer of this week’s episode using a dice to pick his victims only for the scene to cut to the killer literally tossing die on the pavement. But for the most part, the detective work done on Luther is there to serve two purposes: solve the crime and show us the audience just how smart the police are. Luther’s belief that criminals are dumb does not take away from the criminals-if anything it adds to the suspense, whilst making Luther himself look like a genius. Read More...


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