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Two Coincidences


Years ago, I stopped watching two TV series:  the crime dramas The Wire and Luther. Both shows had too much unintelligible dialogue for me to bother with. But now that I have access to close captioning, I can enjoy any program, whether it has Baltimore inner city mumblings (in The Wire) or rapid-fire British conversations (in Luther).

Yesterday, my wife and I finished watching the final season of The Wire. One of the most charismatic characters is Idris Elba, an articulate, Machiavellian gangster. I lamented that he was eliminated before the last two seasons. But just by chance, I suggested that we revisit Luther. I was delightfully taken aback when I realized that the main character was Idris Elba, a tormented chief detective. A remarkable coincidence that extends my pleasure in seeing Elba on screen for eight seasons of Luther!

 In the first few episodes, the unreformed Luther and his sidekick Ripley have a memorable **bleep** for tat about how Luther’s headstrong and potentially disastrous decisions are wrong but right at the same time.

“Ripley: What you’re doing is wrong.

Luther: Yeah, I know.

Ripley: Why do it then?

Luther: Cause it’s right.”

Before going to bed, I started reading Gregg Hurwitz’s novel Orphan X. The caption at the front of the book quotes the same dialogue between the two investigators. Another astounding coincidence!  I soon found out that I had already read Orphan X. If I had known that earlier, I would not have borrowed the book from the library. But I’m sure glad that I did. 

Whether he has a native British accent or he adopts an American one, Idris Elba is magnificently wired for any role. He has even played an officious character in The Office.

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