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'Luther 2'
(Idris Elba, Steven Robertson, Golda Rosheuvel, Babou Ceesay, James Puddephatt, Hamza Jeetooa, et al / 2-Disc DVD / R / 2011 / BBC Home Video)

Overview: Fans of the smashing British crime procedural 'Luther' won't want to miss the gripping second season, which resolves season one's nerve-wracking cliffhanger. But the second season wastes no time in dropping a vicious new evil into the path of DCI John Luther and the rest of the London homicide detectives.

DVD Verdict: The newest (first) bad guy in this 2-disc, four episode arc (telling two tales therein) is a masked madman who committing random acts of kiling. In his words, to "... to wake this country up". Even though he tells Luther and his squad this via an untraceable phone call, we all know who the killer is - and soon too will Luther. Having made his peace with Alice, from the end of last season, he mysteriously aids her escape from the 'secure' facility - which leads to one quick face-to-face and then we never see her ever again!

And so, as Luther's squad work feverishly to save one of their own (in an end of part one scene that'll make you jump, for sure!), Luther is also trying to rebuild his shattered personal life. His ex-wife is long in the past, and his relationship with her was-to-be new husband is being salvaged day by day. The killings come fast and furious, and yet in the mix is also thrown a porn ring - run by a fearless female kingpin and featuring a young 17 year-old girl (someone that Luther knows and immediately gets out - literally!)

As the first two-parter wraps, the third episode, the first of the new two-parter opens with a nutter using a baseball bat, hammer and plastic toy gun firing acid at people at a petrol (gas) station. With killings done by a roll of the dice, Luther and his team must figure out why and how to stop him soon! And, as he now as the young girl living in his flat with him, and the porn guys are in the mood to get her back, throwing him under the bus at the same time, Luther has his work cut out for him.

Come the final, and fourth episode, and the killer is caught, BUT his evil twin brother is brought off the subs bench to continue the mayhem! A nice play of story line thoughts here, for sure, this season of 'Luther' is one that really gives value for money - even if there, sadly, are no extras. And, as the young girl says at the end, "What happens next," we all ask the very same question re: 'Luther 3,' perhaps? [RT] This is a Widescreen Presentation (1.66:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs.

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