Lonely Souls?

Not in the conventional sense, I think. I’d say both Luther and Sherlock are singular. Sherlock actually has Watson, perhaps not an egalitarian friendship, but it does suit Sherlock.

Luther

Idris Elba (L) as Luther; Warren Brown (R) as his colleague

Nominated for 4 Emmy awards, the BBC’s Luther beckoned me from Netflix. I’ve just seen the first two episodes from season 1 and am hooked. Luther’s main character is a London detective who’s we see taunting a known pedophile cum murderer. Did John Luther allow the murder to fall to his death? His superiors, colleagues and ex wife all wonder.

Like Sherlock Holmes and Columbo, the two inspirations for the character, Luther is brilliant. He’s also troubled. His wife has moved on taking a new boyfriend, who’s a much safer, centered cardigan-wearing kind of guy. Luther’s still very much in love and his wife could be too, but she’s just done with the intensity.

Each episode takes viewers to the edge, Luther solves highly violent crimes though deduction and psychologically gets inside the heads of the criminals as no one on the force can. Yet by the end of the pilot episode the criminal, Alice, a genius who planned the perfect murder, starts stalking the cop as she becomes obsessed with Luther and his wife. The tables are turned and Alice pathologically enjoys toying with Luther throughout the series.

Bunheads: Movie Truck

Just dreadful. There isn’t much more to say. This week’s Bunheads dragged along with little of interest. The big drama took place in the background in a huge argument between Sasha’s parents. What we saw was small potatoes.

Fanny was on for a couple minutes to call Michelle to say she’ll have to teach because Fanny’s run off to a resort for a much needed vacation. Fanny’s neither fish nor fowl. When it’s convenient she’s the strict, disciplined woman, wise compared to the flighty Michelle, now she’s fled town for a vacation. Wouldn’t she just tell Michelle? Hey, I need a break. I’m going away and I insist that you help out for once. She’s not a wimp. It’s not outside Fanny’s comfort zone.

Anyway, Michelle teaches the class and that’s not a big deal though she keeps sputtering to Fanny that she can’t. It makes no sense since teaching the girls the dance for Hubble’s funeral was effortless.

The rest of the episode featured Michelle celebrating her birthday with a friend from Vegas and the nerdy woman who pined for Hubble. For some reason Michelle’s stuck with junior high social skills and allowing this nerd to come along was a sacrifice.

The other plot line involved Sasha and the girls sneaking in and out of her house to see a movie in the touring movie truck. I’ve forgotten why her parents would have objected to girls going out to see a movie on the weekend. There must have been some contrivance that attempted to support that notion. The problem that the writers needed was that the girls couldn’t get back inside since Sasha’s home alarm would go on automatically at 11 preventing them from entering without waking the parents’ who were having a knock out drag out fight earlier because Sasha’s mom discovered her husband was gay. (That would be the most dramatic thing to happen in town that week, but we just get a bit of gossip and little else about that. Neither Sasha nor her friends discuss that issue.)

The show was just so weird and so off. Who is really writing this? It’s amateurish and ABC Family Channel should really pull it. It’s a guilty displeasure at this point. The only thing worse on the air is Political Animals. I couldn’t stand more than a few minutes of that mess.