This week on Why It’s Worth a Watch Wednesday, Tiffany and I take on criminals with Tiffany’s review of TNT’s The Closer and my look at the BBC drama, Luther.
Last week I talked about the quirky/troubled detective/consultant shows that seem oh-so-popular as of late.
Guess what? They have them across the pond, too. And no, I’m not talking about Sherlock (who, in its original form, is likely the father to these shows). I’m talking about Luther.
Detective Chief Inspector John Luther (Idris Elba) of the Serious Crime Unit is the focus of this psychological crime drama. DCI Luther is a crime fighter dealing with his own personal “demons”, a crumbling marriage, distrust from fellow officers and higher ups, yet he is ultimately the guy you want solving crimes because he is brilliant.
I couldn’t help but think of Detective Robert Goren of Law and Order: Criminal Intent when I began watching and researching this show.
Luther, however, is a grittier drama than Law and Order, and Idris Elba delivers a different take on the intelligent yet troubled detective.
Now, I’ve let it be known that I enjoy the troubled genius (do I need to list them again?) but that isn’t the only thing that drew me to check out Luther. Neil Cross, creator of Luther, was a lead writer for Spooks (MI-5, as it’s known here in the US), is an avid Doctor Who fan (he’s even written an episode!) and seems to have great taste in fiction, so it only made sense to check out more of his work.
If you like gritty psychological drama, Luther is definitely worth watching. Idris Elba even took home a Golden Globe for his performance in the show. And for those who aren’t looking for a huge commitment, there are only 10 episodes to catch up on, which can be found on Netflix.
While I can’t say that the concept is surprisingly original, the delivery is worth a GMacTV.
Have you seen Luther? Do you think it’s one you’ll be adding to the queue? Do you choose to watch shows based on the creators/writers previous work?
Now, head over to Tiffany’s for more drama, with TNT’s The Closer. It’s down to the last few episodes, so see if Tiffany thinks it’s worth catching up.
What shows would you like to see reviewed here on Why It’s Worth a Watch? We’re still in scheduling talks during the summer, so get your suggestions in!
MacTV (MacNCheese TV): Guilty pleasure. Not perfect, but is satisfies
GMacTV (Gourmet MacNCheese TV): A combination of fine wine and comfort food
JFTV (Junk food TV): It’s not great for us, but we’ll go back for seconds
TBPTV (Twice Baked Potato TV): Part gourmet and delicious, while absolutely horrible for our cholesterol
SSTV (Still Simmering TV): It has potential, but the jury is still out
NIV (Nyquil Induced Viewing): Perfect for that late night television sleep timer
LOTV (Liver&Onions TV): Do we really have to explain? Blech