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  1. Mike Schilling says:

    More than that: a police officer who would do that is having some kind of a breakdown and needs treatment.Report

    • Jaybird in reply to Mike Schilling says:

      So I tell Maribou that I’m worried that I’m watching Dirty Harry. She tells me to keep watching.Report

      • greginak in reply to Jaybird says:

        Dirty Harry is a great movie. Yeah its way over the top and turns cartoonish at the end, but it’s well crafted. It is a clear trajectory from Bullitt to DH which led to most of action/crime movies since the 70’s. Sadly most modern movies have to much of the soulless dead eyed violence of DH instead of the humanity of BullittReport

      • Jaybird in reply to Jaybird says:

        Dude, I very much enjoyed Dirty Harry… but I’ve seen it.

        (I’ve actually heard that you can measure the ebbs and flows of how society feels about crime based on which aspects they focus on. Are the biggest shows the ones about Defense Attorneys? Are the biggest shows about the District Attorney? The cops themselves? Prison? This makes me hopeful about Orange Is The New Black’s rise to prominence, if only a little. Anything that might take the wind out of the sails of Law&Order/CSI.)Report

      • greginak in reply to Jaybird says:

        I’ve heard that though i’m not sure i believe it. CSI, at least when i watched it 10 years ago, made a show of showing the cops to be wrong at times and forensics as neutral searchers for truth.

        I’m not sure where Colombo fits in with that theory.Report

      • Mike Schilling in reply to Jaybird says:

        The quarry isn’t there anymore, but when i was young we used to drive past it several times a week.Report

      • Burt Likko in reply to Jaybird says:

        Dude, you are NOT watching Dirty Harry. It’s a whole lot closer to Silence of the Lambs than Dirty Harry. Luther is way more nuanced than Callahan, and way more intellectual.Report

    • Glyph in reply to Mike Schilling says:

      Perhaps he’s mentally unstable because of recurring dreams in which he’s a Baltimore drug lord oddly obsessed with parliamentary procedures.Report

      • Mike Schilling in reply to Glyph says:

        Worse still, when he failed to save the life of a choking man because he kept yelling “Does anyone here know the Heimdall maneuver?”Report

      • James K in reply to Glyph says:


        Not to mention the one about commanding a squad of giant robots who fight giant monsters.Report

      • Glyph in reply to Glyph says:

        What really showed his mental derangement though was his insistence that for some reason Ridley Scott had made a nonsensical prequel to one of the most iconic, beloved and influential sci-fi/horror films of all time. That’s just crazy talk. I wouldn’t want to live in a world where that was true and not just the rantings of a lunatic [shudder].Report

  2. Damon says:

    Yeah, because we know cops would never do such a thing if they weren’t “sick”.Report

  3. Chris says:

    American cops. British cops.Report

    • Vikram Bath in reply to Chris says:

      This. It’s remarkable to watch the show and see how everyone else in the force actually thinks they should follow the rules. In the US, cops not following the rules is considered a feature, not a bug. The rules are there to protect criminals from prosecution. The main lesson I got from Luther was how foreign that idea must be to a British audience.Report

      • Glyph in reply to Vikram Bath says:

        To be fair, I think this theme extends beyond cop movies/shows – American media is, and has been, for a long time, in love with the romantic rebel against institutional authority, to a degree you just don’t see as much in British popular media. Even the biggest “British” hero, Bond, has his actions sanctioned by the govt. – he’s got a license to kill.Report

      • Burt Likko in reply to Vikram Bath says:

        That’s a good point about 007, although I figured that the “license to kill” was also intended to make MI-6 seem more sinister. Real spies, of course, are a lot more like Smiley’s People than Bondjamesbond.Report

      • romantic rebel against institutional authority

        But the romantic rebel in these shows is a police officer paid for by institutional authority and basically supported all along the way because he “gets results”.Report

      • James K in reply to Vikram Bath says:


        Yeah, they’re more like rebels for institutional authority, which is weird. But then the US as an institution was founded by rebels, so maybe not so weird.Report