Chief Inspector John Luther returns to work again after isolating people to investigate a more mysterious criminal incident in a fourth season filled with surprise,While on a leave of absence, Luther is suddenly dragged back into his former life in London to battle the demons of his past and to stop a cannibal serial killer.Will a cold case unlock the mystery from Luther's past that is haunting him? The detective is forced to put himself and Emma in danger to stop the serial killer's end game.
The middle of everything, Idris Elba was as good as he's ever been. Despite everything that's happened to him lately -- despite Marvel and Mandela and Beasts of No Nation -- I'd argue that Luther still represents Elba at his absolute best.
I hope that episode two slows things down. When you have a character as good as John Luther, and an actor playing him who basically is that man, it would be nice to spend a little more time in his company.
This is one overstuffed show. Previous installments have been at least a miniseries, and the truncated running time is probably a concession to Elba's schedule and success in big-budget films, but it cramps the story.
In the end, as Luther walks toward the camera, his trademark trench coat, steely gaze, and a musical cue from The Cure the only accessories he needs, Luther is successful in that is leaves the audience hungry for more.