The season 2 premiere of “Luther” is here, debuting tonight on BBC America. And if you haven’t already caught the first season of this gritty, across the pond detective series—where have you been for the past year?!
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Idris Elba is known for portraying Stringer Bell on “The Wire.” He did great work on that show, and his character remains arguably the most cherished of all by fans. But Stringer was, for the most part, a cool, calm, and collected cat. He wasn’t inherently volatile, and during the first couple of seasons, didn’t really grapple with the morality of his situation.
Luther, so far, is different. I’m not going to say that Elba’s character has revolutionized the cop/detective genre on television—he hasn’t. But Luther is a cop who swallows his rage, hoping to suppress it long enough to get the job done.
And sometimes, that rage can’t be bottled up and simply boils over (take a look at the breathtaking—and very slick–teaser trailer for season two to the left as a perfect example).
Still, that same rage fuels his passion to do good—even when his emotions sometime skew his judgment and offset his moral compass. John Luther is a good cop, but as Vic Mackey once said on the pilot of “The Shield,” he’s a “different kind of cop.”
While Luther is a detective that can beat you down with his fists, he’s much more dangerous when he outsmarts you with his mind.
To the left, check out the photo slideshow, where you can view all of the new faces of the cast you’ll be watching this season on “Luther.”
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