Mark claims he threw the first punch, so Luther is released. He blames Alice for setting him up and she rapidly becomes an irritating, patronizing stalker. Meanwhile, a sniper is killing ... See full summary »




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Mark claims he threw the first punch, so Luther is released. He blames Alice for setting him up and she rapidly becomes an irritating, patronizing stalker. Meanwhile, a sniper is killing police officers all over London and ex-marine Owen Lynch, wounded in Afghanistan, and whose father Terry, another ex-soldier, is in jail for killing a police man, sends Luther's office a video tape claiming responsibility. Luther believes the father has ordered the son to do it to get his case re-examined but Terry refuses to call his boy off. Luther stages a television interview reviling the Lynches so that Owen will be forced into a confrontation. Written by don @ minifie-1

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Crime | Drama | Mystery


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24 October 2010 (USA)  »

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When Alice tells Luther that anything bad that happened between them is in the past, Luther responds, "the past isn't dead. It's not even past." This is a close paraphrase of one of William Faulkner's best-known quotations ("The past is never dead. It's not even past"), originally from his 1951 book Requiem for a Nun. Two years after this episode aired, the Faulkner Estate sued Sony Pictures Entertainment for copyright infringement over another paraphrase of the line used in Woody Allen's 2011 movie Midnight in Paris; the estate lost that case on the grounds that the line constituted a small enough portion of the whole work to be considered fair use. See more »


When Owen prepares the gun for Russian Roulette and rolls the cylinder, the single round rests at the bottom of the cylinder - this means the gun should have fired after 3-4 shots instead of 6. See more »


[last lines]
DCI John Luther: One coffee doesn't make us friends.
[John and Alice walk off together]
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Written by Neil Codling and Brett Anderson
Performed by Suede (as The London Suede)
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Apart from the last two of this first series this is the strongest episode of series one.
16 April 2015 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

After a terrific first episode we get a gripping and action packed episode with a majestic plot,superb acting and a nail biting ending.

After getting away with the punch up with Mark, John who also still has psycho Alice bothering him turns his attentions to Owen Lynch(Sam Spruell) a ex Marine who has become a sniper and is viciously taking out a number of policemen all over London. Luther visits Owen's father in jail and finds out also ex soldier Terry(a mesmerising Sean Pertwee)is behind his son's actions and after a searing confrontation finds Terry won't call Owen off so John decides he needs to confront Owen and draws him out of hiding by dissing him on television before a corking showdown between the two.

A pulsating second episode with the acting a particular highlight with Idris Elba on spectacular form along with Ruth Wilson's Alice Morgan and Warren Brown's Justin(who becomes a bigger part of the puzzle after a quiet first episode).Also on amazing form is Sean Pertwee as Terry who's confrontation with Luther is extremely tense and either could blow up any minute and hit the other(Pertwee is currently superb in Gotham)and their scene is one of the best in the show's short history.

This episode also has some brilliant action and suspense with Owen taking out the coppers in bone crunching fashion and the first scene is pretty graphic.Another top scene is him taking out police from on a roof where Luther tries to get them away from danger and I was gripped.But no doubt the last part of the episode was the best as Luther confronts Lynch in a apartment block and you generally think that Luther has gone into this without thinking as Owen starts beating him and even though you know he must survive he does get pushed to the very limit here.

A awesome second episode and already this show was heading for legend status with some edge of your seat action and suspense along with some award winning acting especially from Mr Elba and Mr Pertwee.

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