Review: Luther Season 5

Sophie Hicks reflects on the latest series of Luther, which may not have lived up to the hype.

Sophie Hicks
21st February 2019
The latest series of Luther suffers from a rushed plot which leaves viewers a little underwhelmed.

It had been four years since the last series of Luther aired, and 2019 blessed us with new episodes. However, was it worth the wait and hype? (Spoilers ahead)

This season revolved around a psychiatrist-husband relationship which proved to be fatal. The BBC promoted it as a terrifying season, but I was underwhelmed after hearing this description. The first episode set itself up to be suspenseful, with a mysterious man wearing a mask murdering people. However, they quickly solved the mystery and lost the main source of suspense, only to have another three more episodes afterwards. The villains were weak and unrealistic even for a TV show standpoint; a weird part of the series was where it showed Jeremy (the psychiatrist’s husband and a doctor) threatens a patient before she was about to go into surgery…I don’t know about you, but I would not go under anaesthetic if someone was describing killing you.

The villains were weak and unrealistic even for a TV show standpoint


Fans seemed excited when Alice Morgan returned, but honestly, I felt disconnected because I knew that they put her back into the show to mess with Luther and eventually die somehow- which is exactly what happened. The ending was suspenseful; Luther is framed for the murder of Alice and Halliday (who Alice shot). However, I just felt that they left Jeremy’s plot unfinished as you didn’t see his or his wife’s punishment, so it felt like an underwhelming ending for the plot. The series would have benefitted from extra time to fully end the plot they spent four episodes on, rather than quickly setting up the next series which probably won’t air for a few years. Whilst the season ended on a cliff-hanger and I will be continuing to watch, I feel like the long anticipation of the series made it hard not to criticise the plot.

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AUTHOR: Sophie Hicks
Former TV Sub-Editor for The Courier and BA Media Communication and Cultural Studies graduate

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