My inaugural post to The Daily Fandom. Glad I chose this show to kick it off!
WARNING: Mild spoilers ahead
So a lot of great shows were on TV this season. Some of the greats are done and gone, no longer to return (Castle, Agent Carter, Royal Pains…) and others were given only a one-time pass to make their mark, unfortunately falling short (Limitless, Muppets, CSI Cyber…). Fortunately for the viewers out there, one show was given a second season, and rightfully so. I think anyone who watched the series Lucifer with me will agree: it was definitely worth it.
Our series stars Tom Ellis as Lucifer Morningstar. That’s right, he’s the devil, and he’s tired of playing the part. After millennia of being the “jailer” of God, Lucifer has had enough and has decided to take a vacation to Los Angeles, casting off his job and testing the waters of live humanity. With him is one of his loyal demons Mazikeen, or Maze for short (played by Lesley-Ann Brandt). Together they run a night club known as “Lux” and are enjoying their much-needed vacation on Earth. Of course, no good drama is complete without a great “love interest”, this one taking the form of Chloe Decker (played by Lauren German). Chloe, a separated single mom and a L.A. police detective, happens upon Lucifer after someone who Lucifer made a deal with ends up murdered. Something about her garners Lucifer’s attention, causing him to need to get to know more about her and her daughter Trixie (Scarlet Estevez). While this is all well and good, Chloe’s separated husband (and also a police detective) resents Lucifer, as Dan Espinoza (played by Kevin Alejandro) is trying to make amends with his wife and feels that Lucifer is preventing this from happening.
There is also a psychiatrist that Lucifer meets while trying to find out who killed his friend in the form of Dr. Linda Martin (Rachel Harris). When the Prince of hell enamored the good doctor, they end up forming a relationship. She tries to help him get to the root of his “daddy issues” and he in turn gives her mind-blowing sexual encounters. Did I forget to mention he also has the power to slightly control the human mind? This is mainly to get us to tell him our deepest, darkest wishes and desires.
Think this is enough thrown into one series? Well, you would be wrong. Add in a psychiatrist that Lucifer meets while trying to find out who killed his friend in the form of Dr. Linda Martin (Rachel Harris). When the Prince of hell enamored the good doctor, they end up forming a relationship. She tries to help him get to the root of his “daddy issues” and he in turn gives her mind-blowing sexual encounters. Did I forget to mention he also has the power to slightly control the human mind? This is mainly to get us to tell him our deepest, darkest wishes and desires. Therein lies his fascination with Chloe: his powers don’t seem to work on her, which causes him to want to know more about her and why they wont work. With that comes a slight problem, though. When not around her, Lucifer is immortal, but in her presence, he can be killed just as easily as anyone else. It also makes proving that he is the Devil much more difficult since most of his methods wont work with Chloe. OK, so that’s still quite a lot of items in just one show, but wait, there’s more! Throw in Amenadiel, (D.B. Woodside) who has been sent to bring Lucifer back to hell to assume the role of guardian and punisher. Of course this is a job that Lucifer is determined to reject as much as he possibly can.
There are two things that I like most about this show. First off, Lucifer isn’t portrayed as the great evil. Instead, he is just another angel with the worst job in the universe and a bad rap to go with it. In this show, he is really a likeable kind of guy, albeit one who participates in a lot of decadence. He still makes deals, but not for the souls. He instead exchanges deals for future favors he may call upon at any time. Not all favors are the bad kind either. Some are small in nature, others grander. Yet they all definitely paint a different picture of this particular character.
Secondly, he is constantly evolving, yet staying true to his inherent nature. Lucifer feels a deep-rooted need to punish the wicked and seek out injustice, but at the same time he is throwing wild parties, sleeping with random women (sometimes multiple women at one time) and doing things most of society considers sinful. Yet, in light of that, he is trying to understand humanity even more and assume a place with us. In one instance, he volunteers to use his night club for a charity banquet, mainly to understand how a charity owner, who had been killed the previous day, felt as a generous person. He is also constantly trying to work out his issues with Dr Martin in hopes of understanding himself and coming to terms with certain concepts that were foreign to him as an angel.
Hopefully this will convince you to catch up with the series. The first season just finished airing so it may still be available on demand with your local cable company or you can just check out the Pilot here. I didn’t include everything about the show (where would the fun in that be?), so you’ll have to see for yourself! And if you have already watched and have any ideas as to what Chloe might be, make sure to leave a comment and let us know!