Luther Series 3 Recap: Part Three
“Clean cup, clean cup!! Move down, move down.” -The Mad Hatter, Alice In Wonderland
The breakneck pacing of Luther often means that as soon as one psychopath throws himself from the window, another one walks in the door, which I suppose one could consider a metaphor for Luther’s life experience. Exactly how much time has passed since the last episode is unclear. I assume it’s been a couple of weeks at least because our odd lady Mary seems to be making herself at home in Luther’s house. Not that at home, however, so perhaps it is really just the next morning.
The night before, a woman and her date were saved by a gang of hoodies by a man with a kind voice and a sawed-off shotgun. He turns out to be this week’s insanity, Tom Marwood, a former architect hellbent on vigilante justice for the death of his wife “and every other Caitlin done harm.” To that end, he’s harnessed social media to work in his favor. He’s got www.for-caitlin.com. (Hosted “by one of the stans” according to DSU Schenk.) Get the public on your side and you can start doing these things in broad daylight (or midnight) and hope to get away with them. But, his justice turns into law enforcement’s worst nightmare as he attempts to protect his murder of a paedophile with an angry mob and public execution.
Does it work? It might have if Luther and Ripley hadn’t arrived in time to stop it. Luther fights off the mob so Ripley can chase the man down.
Chase the man down to his own death at the end of the sawed-off shotgun.
“If Tom Marwood gets his wish and people vote to hang the paedophile–and they will, for who would suffer a paedophile to live? Then there’s no telling where this is going to end. Riots, copycat murders. Lynchings, pogroms, gangs of vigilantes kicks people to death whose faces don’t fit.” -DSU Martin Schenk
RIIIIIPLEEEEEEY. Yeah. I screamed. I don’t know why. I read the spoilers. I knew it was coming. Yet, much like the Red Wedding, watching poor little Ripley take one to the chest was a gut punch.
The hardest part about watching Ripley’s death was Luther’s reaction, screaming at him to get up, GET UP. As if he could, with some modicum of rage, will life back into the mate who he’s only professed he loved to Mary that morning. But life’s not fair to Luther like that, and there’s no getting up. Ripley will not be going off into the land of promotion to have little Ripleys of his own. He won’t ever give a bell to DCI Gray. Our faithful puppydog is no more.
Speaking of DCI Gray and her Team…It’s no longer Team Gray. She’s off the team. After Stark forced his way into Luther’s home and scared the wits out of Mary by handing her their fishing expedition file of half truths and suppositions, DCI Gray’s realised this is not going the way she wanted. Hiring a drunken crazy racist hell bent on a witch-hunt is not the ride she meant to find herself on. (Next time? Try not hiring drunken crazy racists. It’s an idea.) So she hops off the train to crazy town, and apologizes to Ripley, even if they never get that drink they agree to.
As for Marwood, up until he pulled that trigger on Ripley, he was the most unusual psychopath the show has had to date–a sympathetic one. He’s a man who feels he died the day he lost his wife. Even in his stand off with Luther early on in the episode, you can see they are in a way two sides of the same coin. Marwood is only doing what Luther never allowed himself to do – trying in his own twisted way to save the world. He’s Batman, in sweaters.
As our episode draws to a close, Luther lays down beside the motionless body of Ripley, much like he did with Zoe’s body back in the first series. The framing is very similar, right down to the killer calling Luther to tell him this is all *his* fault. Our once vigilante, now turned cop killer is going to get revenge for the thwarting of his plan to turn the clock back to the 18th century and mob rule.
And that’s why he’s sitting on a bench just outside the window looking in at our poor odd lady Mary.
Tomorrow: It all ties up somehow doesn’t it? Stark is lone wolfing after Luther. Marwood is coming after Mary. There’s no more Ripley to make it all work out somehow. The only solution is the one we’ve been waiting for since she left for America at the end of the first season: Alice Morgan.
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