John Luther is on the trail of a satanic occult killer who kidnaps a woman but leaves her baby in the living room. Things get harder when a man accuses Luther of attacking him. Things take a grisly turn when the woman is found.



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Devil-worshipping Lucien Burgess abducts young mother Kirsten Ross from her house,leaving satanic messages in blood on the walls. Rose Teller links this to the similar disappearance and murder of Grace Allen, ten years earlier,the blood being identified as Grace's. Burgess was implicated but had to be released after undercover cop Richard Henley pulverised him. Luther locates Kirsten to a boat,where her dead body is found in a freezer and takes unorthodox action to trap the killer. Mark North is attacked by a gang of girls led by Alice and assumes Luther was behind it. He makes a complaint but Alice gets him to drop it by telling him she did it to get Luther back with Zoe.As a result Zoe offers Luther an olive branch ...and a little more. Written by don @ minifie-1

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[last lines]
Zoe Luther: [to John] You're obsessive. You're driven. God knows you're misguided. What you never are is a liar. Not to me. Nor a coward.
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Very slight downturn in form but still gripping and shocking in places.
18 April 2015 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

After two fantastic episodes to start off this first series of Luther the form very slightly dips if only a fraction as its still supremely acted,totally gripping and extremely grisly and shocking and pushes the boundaries of normal British television series.

Luther is on the case of Lucian Burgess a devil worshipper who abducts a mother from her home and leaves messages written in blood on her wall for police to find.Teller finds out the killer is Burgess because of a case ten years before of another murder of another lady even though he got away with it because of a undercover cop went to far and beat him up badly. Luther and Ripley (Warren Brown) hunt him down to a boat but might be too late,Luther goes over the top trying to stop him by pushing his role of policeman too far but is determined to catch him. Luther also again has his mind on his marriage and psycho Alice (a jaw dropping Ruth Wilson,she seems to get better each time) who is trying to stir things up and tries to have Luther's wife Zoe's lover Mark (Paul McGann) beaten up so John gets the blame though she coolly tells Mark to drop any charges.

Though this is a slight downturn its still excellent drama with the acting just superb especially from Elba who seems to be getting out of hand in catching the killer or is it Alice winding him up,his performance deserves award after award as he plays a man constantly on edge that he could boil over any minute.Wilson as Alice is just sensational and I think is the closest we have ever been to a female version of The Joker as she certainly ain't all there in the head but she is so funny,creepy and cool as a psycho that anyone will love her character and completes the Luther puzzle,her putting down of Mark is a wonderful scene.Others play there part especially Brown as sidekick Ripley and the killer played by Paul Rhys who is just so slimy and nasty he would make your skin crawl.

This is more a psychological thriller than the previous episodes action thriller type but there were still some excellent moments including the shocking opening sequence,Luther knocking the killer down in the street,Mark getting beaten up,Alice warning Mark off where she says something like 'I will go now but I may come back' and Luther meeting the killer in a tense head to head.

A slower episode than before but still dripping with tension as well as masterclass acting from Elba and Wilson and a episode similar in spirit to the likes of Silence Of The Lambs and Se7en.

Now for the outstanding last three episodes of series one.

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