Episode 1 : Luther is out to find a twisted fetishist murdering women in a horrific echo of an unsolved case from the 1980s. He is keen that he and his team concentrate all their resources into catching the copycat before he or she strikes again, only for his focus to be divided by a second case involving a malicious internet tormentor found dead in his home. Pulled in every direction, the cop’s patience begins to wear thin, so the last thing he needs is to deal with a road accident – until he sets eyes on one of the women involved. Is he finally on the verge of finding love?
Episode 2 : The promise of romance is put on hold when news of another murder interrupts Luther’s date with Mary. Determined to predict the copycat fetishist’s next move, he throws himself into a pile of cold case files and after his public disagreement with Ripley, he orders the sergeant to investigate the killing of Jared Cass on his own. Meanwhile, a care-home cancer patient receives a chilling gift from a visitor, and three girls look forward to a night in – unaware of the danger lurking in their home.
Episode 3 : Two hoodies are shot in what appears to be a gangland crime, until a third murder victim gives Luther a vital clue – someone is killing people who have a criminal record. Sure enough the culprit soon posts a film of himself online, calling for changes to the public justice system. The race is on to find the vigilante before he strikes again – but with so many potential victims, that may be easier said than done. As ever, the DCI’s personal life gets in the way of his investigation when a distraught Mary turns up after a visit from Stark and Gray – can he convince her to ever trust him again?
Episode 4 : The detective is a broken man after being accused of crimes he hasn’t committed and is forced to work outside the law in an attempt to catch vigilante killer Marwood, who has made his vendetta personal by targeting Luther and those closest to him. As Stark hurries Mary into hiding for her own protection – hoping to lure the detective into a trap – the man himself continues his private investigation, realising that the killer won’t be satisfied until he has punished the man responsible for his wife’s death – and when he kidnaps an innocent woman, the stage is set for a dramatic showdown in which Luther is forced to make an impossible decision.
Crime thriller, starring Idris Elba, Warren Brown, Sienna Guillory, Nikki Amuka-Bird, Dermot Crowley, Kevin Fuller, Ned Dennehy, Elliot Cowan and Ruth Wilson.
As usual, the crimes are violent – but with this series, rage, sorrow and shock are the new feelings that I got as watching it. Rage for the harassing accusations from Det Supt George Stark and DCI Erin Gray, shock and sorrow for what happens to DS Justin Ripley. All these emotions left me empty – and even if I was glad that Alice was back, the ending didn’t give me the fulfillment that I needed.