Hello everyone! I’m kicking off a new segment of my blog! As you can guess, the title is an acronym that stands for: Ahhhhh, want entertainment similar! Only my entertainment to view!
What does the above tell you besides the fact that I really wanted to make AWESOME TV an acronym? Well, I am constantly hearing people around me bemoaning that “OMG, there’s like nothing to watch anymore since (Insert seasonal show) ended!” These people, more often than not have a netflix account, or a basic grasp on how to pirate shows. But they are often reluctant to try something new until a friends’ reccomendation.
Let me be that friend.
I will break down a show in six ways:
1. Shows it’s similar to
3. What Makes It Different from that last thing you watched
5. 6 Rapid fire reasons why it’s freakin’ awesome
6. Where to Find It
If those can’t get you to watch the show, then most likely it’s not for you. But if you find yourself even liking at least two criteria, then there’s no harm in giving it a shot. Without further ado, let’s dive in to this Awesome TV review of…Luther!
1. TV Shows it’s Similar to
House, Law and Order SVU, Dexter, CSI (Any of them really)
Luther follows Detective of Criminal Investigation John Luther as he tries to catch serial killers on the loose in London. Since he isn’t terribly fond of guns, he arms himself with strong powers of observation, knowledge of psychology and fists. ‘Cause Luther is played by Idris Elba and he is huge. Huge.
3. What Makes It Different than the last thing you watched
I know what you might be thinking, “Ughh, another one of those detective on the edge shows. I bet he doesn’t play by the rules!” And you’re completely right. And very sarcastic. But what sets this show apart is its commitment to plot lines. The first episode kicks off with Luther chasing a serial killer. When the killer ends up in a compromising position in a high place, Luther has a choice to let him fall or save him…
The rest of the season focuses on the consequences of his decision. And this is not unique to season 1. Each season has a main plot that is advanced while Luther confronts heinous serial killers in each episode. With a small cast, the focus is entirely on Luther’s main life and how others around him are affected by his choices.
The supporting cast is also fantastic. We are often introduced to the serial killers, so there’s not much mystery of who’s behind it. There’s also an extended focus on psychology, as we see every point of view in a case: the victims, the killer’s and Luther’s. Yes, shows like CSI and House can boast similar benefits, but often those shows are more about the mystery. Luther is all about stopping the killer…no matter what it takes.
There are three seasons…and they are all very short (by American standards). The first season is six episodes while the 2nd and 3rd are both 4 episodes each. This adds up to about 14 hours of tightly connected drama. Whether you’re busy or a binge watcher, this is an ideal series.
5. Rapid Fire Awesome Things
+Unpredictable episode endings
+FAN-FREAKIN-TASTIC ACTING for everyone
+Idris Elba is simultaneously sympathetic, terrifying and funny
+Strong seasonal plots
6. Where to find it
It’s available in its entirety on Netflix. It’s also on dvd for really, really great prices on amazon and at walmart. Plus, a movie is in the works, so soon in the theaters. You can find it everywhere. It’s probably behind you right now.
So there you have it. If you’re looking for a new intelligent drama that won’t suck up too much of your time, stop looking and give Luther his due.
If you have any shows that you’ve finished and want something new, or if you have a suggestion for a genre for next time, comment below. Thanks for reading, and have an awesome day.