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June 15th, 2011

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11:09 am - Luther
I watched Idris Elba in Luther last night. Yes, it was all about women being murdered in horrid ways. Yes, it was prime quality tosh. What struck me most was that all the live women were stark raving mad. Oh, actually one seemed to be quite sane - the boring and aptly named Detective Constable 'Grey' - the others were like pale staring snakes. With the giggles. Even the woman who left a message on the answering machine (of another equally mad woman) sounded mad, screeching 'Did you carry out your instructions!' Your mad instructions.

The ratio of mad to sane women was so extraordinary that I actually enjoyed it. 'Let's interview the girlfriend of our chief suspect.' Yeah, wonder whether she's mad or not? Oh, what a surprise.

I could take offence at this, and I don't blame anyone who did, but I thought it was quite funny and ridiculous, and so far from any connection to reality I didn't mind. If it didn't have Elba and lovely Ruth Wilson (guess what her character is like?) in I would probably drop it, but as it is I will probably watch more episodes.

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Date:June 15th, 2011 01:30 pm (UTC)

Prime Toshpect

In its own defense, Luther was *officially* mad. But I don't think it IS prime quality tosh, more like Choice or even Select.
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Date:June 15th, 2011 01:42 pm (UTC)

Re: Prime Toshpect

I think the director, or writer or something, gets a kick out of scenes where women are interrogated, but the women are actually the dangerous ones, and the detectives are worried. And the woman always gives a kind of swivel-eyed smile to show she is about to do something mad and violent.

Because that happens about once every five minutes.

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