I recommend starting with the first season of Luther, not just starting at the last one. The first season is 10 eps long and it sets the scene for what you saw in the latest season.
If you like crime drama at the movies, Luther has the feel of a movie crime drama more than a television show. The first season introduces you to Alice and how she became Luther’s psycho killer soul mate. The analogy someone gave was that Luther is like a superhero but withou super powers or a utility belt.
If you give it a chance, the first season will draw you in. It’s nothing to follow the next two seasons since Season 2/3 are only 4 eps each. So 3 seasons, only 18 eps total. Not a bad sell.
I’ll admit, I watched the series because it had Idris first and because it was BBC America and their dramas are just way better. I watched the whole season because Idris is VERY GOOD and he plays the character of Luther fabulously.
So to recap reasons to watch Luther:
1) Idris Elba and all 6 ft…whatever of him, lumbering around, with these long as strides and broad shoulders. It’s been said that Idirs Elba’s “swagger” as Luther alone is enough to recommend the show. Plus you get to hear Idris in his natural accent and I tell ya, that man has one of the more deep and masculine British London accents you will ever love to hear (I love my Brit-boys, but man some of them do NOT have the deepest voices ever, i.e. Dave Beckham. Love to look at him, but man I hate it when he speaks…lol)
2)The character of Alice turns the whole pyscho-killer antagonist completely on its ear, you actually find yourself “shipping” Alice and Luther even though
3)The story or just this side of creepy that it gives you a jolt when you watch it, but it’s that good kinda scary jolt that the best crime drama and suspence movies have. Plus the seasons are short, so you could literally watch them all in a one day marathon.
4) Last but not least, did I mention…that IDRIS freakin’ ELBA is in it. This just gives me an excuse to post this gif again!!!