Once again, recapping what I said about this series a few days ago when I started it...
Since last week, I've been counting down the top 10 S&A posts of 2012, considering a number of factors, like number of comments, Facebook "likes," Facebook "shares," Twitter retweets, page views, and more.
The countdown will continue through this Tuesday, January 1, as we enter the new year, when the top post/item will be revealed.
Number 10 on the list, posted last week Monday, was Cybel's A Cinematographer’s Plea to the Budding Film Auteur : Move Your Camera. If you missed it, click HERE to read (or re-read); number 9 was Sergio's analysis on why Red Tails didn't perform strongly at the box office, especially after all the hype leading up to its release. You can read that post HERE; and number 8 was Andre Seewood's examination of the Sophia Stewart/The Matrix conspiracy, which you can read HERE; and finally, number 7 was the controversy over the music video from Erykah Badu and The Flaming Lips - The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face. Read that HERE. Number 6 was on the ups & downs of the Andre Benjamin/Jimi Hendrix project; Read it HERE; number 5 on the list, was Scandal, which you can read HERE.
And number 4 is Luther. Yes, the BBC/Idris Elba primetime drama that many of you have watched faithfully, and the many who, as I'm learning, continue to discover it weekly, since its first season, building on its audience, from series to series.
I wouldn't say that there was a single definitive Luther post (although there likely will be one in 2013, when the next season gets underway); that's likely because it hasn't been as polarizing a show as some other hits shows and films we've covered here on S&A. I have yet to meet anyone who's seen the series, who hasn't liked it - not to suggest that there aren't any people who don't like the show, because I'm sure there are; but, on this site anyway, just about every Luther post has been met with nothing but love. And it doesn't take very much either; every announcement, no matter what it is, is shared heavily on Facebook and Twitter (in fact, there are a couple of older Luther posts that are still occasionally commented on).
There's just a near-universal approval for the series, and also for the man who stars in it - Idris Elba; the ladies love him; the men generally respect him, and in some case, wouldn't mind living his life.
Season 3 of Luther begun shooting in November. So I'd say we should expect to a mid to late 2013 broadcast. As was the case in the past, it'll likely first debut in the UK, and then, soon after, cross the pond for USA auds. And to what I'm sure will be disappointing to some of you, as was the case last season/series, there will be just 4 episodes total for the season.
In our last post on Luther, Neil Cross said that we shouldn't expect the Alice Morgan storyline to return in any sort of significant way when the series resumes. Idris said that she'll still be in the Luther universe, but suggests she won't be of much influence on anything or anyone; he reiterated that they're trying to set things up for the "bigger picture" and there's a possibility that Alice's story strands will come back, if/when the Luther feature film is made. But don't expect to see much of her in season 3.
Instead of Alice (as some of you would've liked), Luther will instea be romanced by a character played by Sienna Guillory.
That little detail there was met with some sadness among fans of the series, who'd grown to love Alice and her deliciously maniacal ways, almost as Idris' Moriarity, we could say.
But Cross later revealed that Alice just might be getting her very own spin-off project.
Specifically, Cross said he was in talks with the BBC to create a spin-off for the infamous character played wonderfully by actress Ruth Wilson.
Alice, who was a prominently featured in season one of Luther, apparently had to be faded out in the follow-up season because of reported scheduling conflicts, given that Wilson had been cast in a number of feature films that demanded her presence, like the upcoming Anna Karenina.
And as for whether Luther might occassional find himself in Alice's spin-off series, Cross said, "I think the first one would probably be a Luther-free zone, because their stories have diverged to a large extent, but there would be nothing to suggest they couldn't come together again -- either by this vehicle or a 'Luther' movie."
And finally, I was happy to read Cross suggest that the Luther feature film was pretty much as close to a sure-thing as you can get, stating, "We've got lots and lots of movie interest, and Idris and I (are being) very careful about what kind of movie we choose to do."
Elba added that the upcoming season 3 of the series, the end of it specifically (which will likely be the last of the series on TV), will essentially serve as a lead-in to the feature film; so I anticipate some kind of major season 3 cliffhanger finale, which will entice audiences to see what's on the other side of that cliffhanger when the film is eventually produced and released.
And as for what we can expect in season 3, Elba has said we should expect 2 or 3 new characters to be introduced, including a bad guy/gal that will be a real huge challenge for Luther (he kind of dismisses the previous Luther baddies as blips, suggesting that this new baddie, to be introduced in season 3, will be his most formidable to date.
And while we still don't have a date as to when season 3 will debut, Elba has also said that they aim to produce all the episodes this year, so that the series is back on TV as soon as possible (some time in 2013 I'd guess). So we can assume that they've shot all 4 episodes for the upcoming new season. Looking forward to our first looks.
An interesting item he added in a previous interview is that, going into season 3, Luther will be closer to retirement than he’s ever been - a storyline that could bleed into the feature film's narrative; I can see it; Luther's last case - a case for the ages - before he hangs up the hat; or maybe it's the challenge of the case, and the baddie in season 3 that pushes him over the edge, and essentially forces him into retirement.
Warren Brown, Nikki Amuka-Bird, Dermot Crowley and Michael Smiley will all return to assume the roles they each played last season.
Next season guest stars will include Orlessa Altass, Lucian Msamati (Game Of Thrones fans will remember him as the pirate Salladhor Saan; he and Nonso Anozie were the 2 black Brits who joined the series cast last season), and Ned Dennehy (Tyrannosaur).