Luther: Season 2, Episode 1

Episode #2.1 (29 Sep. 2011)

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Alice is now in a mental institution and Luther,after a failed suicide attempt,returns to work having been cleared of killing Zoe. Assisted by the loyal Justin he joins a team headed by ... See full summary »



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Alice is now in a mental institution and Luther,after a failed suicide attempt,returns to work having been cleared of killing Zoe. Assisted by the loyal Justin he joins a team headed by Superintendant Schenk hunting a masked serial killer. Luther pursues a suspect,failed art student Cameron Pell,who escapes after attacking him and later phones to say he wants to emulate the Victorian killer Spring-Heel Jack. Luther also agrees to help Caroline Jones,widow of a man he once arrested,to stop her young daughter Jenny from appearing in hard core sex films and kidnaps the girl from a film set. Written by don @ minifie-1

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A rip roaring return for British TV's best drama series.
16 May 2015 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Though the show is now at its peak(the third series is the best yet)there is no doubt how strong the first series was and arguably along with 24,Sherlock and The Walking Dead it had the strongest debut series of any show I have seen and each episode was incredible and in Idris Elba a character with so much potential and a cast of fellow actors who were born to play their parts. After a stunning series finale with a jaw dropping cliffhanger Luther returns in brilliant style with a even better opening episode than the first series had and now turns into two part stories that I didn't think i'd like but it has made the show even stronger for me and gives each plot more room to move and we get in the first plot a real nasty and unhinged piece of work killer along with a side plot bringing in a lovely funny character into Luther's life.

After being cleared for wife Zoe's death(which was done by ex mate Ian Reed)DCI John Luther(out of this world Idris Elba)returns to work alongside loyal partner DS Justin Ripley(superb Warren Brown)to work under DSU Martin Schenk(Dermot Crowley)and they are after a nasty serial killer who wears a mask and kills woman but doesn't care if he is caught on camera.Luther confronts the killer at the crime scene but after giving chase nearly is blinded by stuff the killer sprays at him. Meanwhile Luther also helps a lady who's husband Luther arrested to stop her daughter Jenny(new star Aimee-Ffion Edwards)from starring in hardcore pornography and after a spectacular kidnapping from a set Luther tries to help the troubled but caring Jenny get her life sorted out but the gangland boss Baba(a creepy Pam Ferris)who is behind the porn operation tries to get Jenny back and doesn't care about upsetting John to do it. Whilst all this goes on psycho with a heart Alice Morgan(a just stunning Ruth Wilson)is locked up in a mental institution but still gets a visit from Luther. And oh the serial killer kidnaps one of Luther's team in a thrilling climax to set up the next episode.

This has to be for me the best opening episode to any Luther series as there is so much going on and you cannot take your eyes off it and because of the two part set up now it ends with a spectacular final sequence that creeps along before a chilling final scene.

The acting as ever is stunning and seems somehow to improve from the first series with Idris Elba leading the way with a powerful and explosive performance that should win award after award and despite two different plots(three if you count Alice)going on he leads this show with such a force and he is like a juggernaut racing along and it ain't a good idea to get in his way and whether its porn makers,serial killers,psycho mates or gangland bosses he takes them all on head on,no lead actor cannot touch this man when in this form,he is already my favourite ever actor.As for the episode itself he is very depressed since Zoe's death and tries to commit suicide but his job stops him and after help from Ripley,the investigation and someone to care about in Jenny John gets back to normal(well normal for him),and of course there is some lovely scenes between him and Psycho with a heart Alice.

Others excel in this too like Warren Brown who after a bit part role before becomes the true sidekick and this young actor has gone on to lead roles thanks to this show,his Ripley no matter what happens stands by Luther even if it gets him in danger and trouble with higher police,it wouldn't be right without Ripley at Luther's side. Ruth Wilson though brilliant only has a few scenes to show her talent this time but she is just sublime and you can't take your eyes off her and even in a mental home is trying to make jokes and share innuendo with Luther,she really is a one of a kind talent. Another top performer and newcomer to the show is Edwards as Jenny the teen who steals the down Luther's heart and gives him someone to care about again and though she is troubled no doubt she is very a lovable character and often makes you chuckle,this girl is a star in the making and surprisingly its her and Luther's scenes that stand out over his and Alice's scenes and proves Edwards qualities as a future actress. The rest of the cast make their mark like Crowley as Schenk,Paul McGann as Mark North(ex of Zoe who now gets on with John),Nikki Amuka-Bird as new copper DS Erin Gray(who becomes a big character as the series goes on),fantastic actress Pam Ferris as chilling gang boss Baba(who is superb in episode 2)and Lee Ingleby as the killer Cameron Penn who is a real nasty bad guy who will give you the creeps trust me.No show for me touches this for acting and a vast array of characters and actors.

The action and tension is incredible with a real creepy opening sequence where Penn hunts down a lady on the dark streets of London and seems to gloat to the camera after killing her.Other top moments include Luther chasing down Penn though rundown buildings before he nearly gets killed,the memorable sequence when John kidnaps or rescues to me Jenny from the porn set,Baba threatening Luther to give Jenny back to her and the teeth chewing finale cliffhanger that sets up episode two as one of Luther's team is used as a decoy by Penn before he kidnaps another copper when he gets the chance,its a really terrific final scene and as gripping as any I have seen.

A awesome and incredible start to series two and though Wilson is a bit wasted the acting,action,villains and new characters are brilliant.

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