Things ramp up quickly for Idris Elba’s DCI John Luther in Episode 3 of Luther Season Five….and the clock is ticking.
Having now been introduced to our sinister and sadistic killer in the form of Dr. Jeremy Lake (Enzo Cilenti), a heart surgeon who has a taste for extreme violence and who has been terrorizing London to fulfill his own sick needs, we now find the good doctor preparing to carve up another victim. In terms of a villain I can’t think of a more sinister foe to Luther than Lake, he’s a pure sicko and every breath that he draws leads you to hope that Luther tracks him down faster to brand him with our morally conflicted cops own brand of justice.
What this gives us as an audience is a terrific scope of engaging drama and again our dogged hero is run around rampant. Especially due to the presence of Alice Morgan (Ruth Wilson), whose personal battle with vindictive crime boss George Cornelius (Patrick Malahide) takes another dangerous step. While Alice’s very nature leads her to do the most terrifying and deranged things it certainly makes for good television and Episode 3 was a real lesson in why actress Ruth Wilson is in such demand as a performer.
Episode 3 was really all about the tension and getting things moving. While Luther is known for its slow-burn thrills, in this episode, which is creeping closer to its inevitable conclusion, things really heated up. Part of this derives from the fact that Luther is engaged in a 360 degree battle that is running him left then right and then back again and its a real test for his mental strength and physical composure. Added to this is Jeremy Lake’s sick urges which present their own time clock of sorts and our hero has to get moving if he’s to save the next victim.
Season Five of Luther has been a real lesson in energy and timing and series creator Neil Cross has had me addicted the whole way through. I’ve been craving each new episode of Luther and this episode was a great example why. Good thrillers stem from their use of conflict and the stress that they place on their heroes and Episode 3 was definitely an example of this.
And just when you think John Luther can ultimately win out in the end, well, you’ll have to keep watching, because the thrills are dialed up here and things are about to get very interesting as we move into the series conclusion.
Luther Season Five streams on Monday from 9.30pm on UKTV.