Presenting OTP Tuesday! Each Tuesday I will introduce you to a new One True Pairing. Tune in each week to find out which fictional couple you need to agonize/squee over next. This week it’s Deckerstar!
Who Are Deckerstar?
Deckerstar is the ship’s name for the characters Chloe Decker and Lucifer Morningstar from the TV series Lucifer. Fun fact — Deckerstar is actually used in the show itself to describe the relationship!
Lucifer Morningstar is the titular protagonist of Lucifer. He is, to put it simply, the devil himself. Lucifer was once an angel before he led a rebellion against God. When the rebellion failed, he was cast out of heaven and made ruler of hell. For eons, Lucifer ruled hell, serving as punishment for all of mankind’s misdeeds. Eventually, he grows tired of doing what God demands and leaves hell, taking a “vacation” in Los Angeles that turns into a long-term stay. He opens a nightclub — Lux — and settles in to enjoy a carefree life of debauchery and excess.
This life is derailed when a young starlet, Delilah, is murdered in his arms. Because Lucifer had helped Delilah to stardom, he felt responsible for her death. He badgers his way into helping the LAPD solve the murder. In the end, Lucifer finds he enjoys being able to punish the guilty on Earth long before they go to hell. If he so happens to protect the innocent along the way, then so be it. He managed to get himself assigned as a civilian consultant and partner to Detective Chloe Decker. Although Chloe is annoyed by Lucifer’s antics, his help in solving murders proves invaluable, and they work together well.
Over time, Lucifer’s work with the LAPD begins to change him. He goes to therapy to work out some of his apocalyptic issues and learns introspection. He even manages to befriend his brother Amenadiel, who had previously been his captor. Most importantly, Lucifer begins to develop feelings for Chloe. He self-sabotages his life when things seem to be going too well, constantly running away from his feelings. However, just when he decides to accept his new life, things go wrong. He is forced to return to hell, leaving his life behind.
Detective Chloe Decker
Chloe Decker is another main character and the primary love interest of Lucifer. She is a detective with the LAPD. Before her work with the police, Chloe was a young, aspiring actress. Her mother, Penelope Decker, was a B-list actress who pushed Chloe into the limelight at a young age. Chloe even had a lead role in a cheesy teen movie. But everything changed when her father, Detective John Decker of the LAPD, was killed in the line of duty. Chloe decides to follow in her father’s footsteps and joins the LAPD.
By the time Lucifer starts, Chloe is a detective in her own right. She is something of a pariah at the department after she accused another cop of being corrupt. With no partner willing to work with her, Chloe is incredibly reluctant to work with Lucifer, a civilian playing cop. However, Lucifer manipulates the situation to his advantage, and she’s stuck with him. As it turns out, though, they work together remarkably well and manage to solve a great number of murders together. Their partnership develops into a real friendship, with Lucifer sneaking his way into Chloe’s life. Romance seems inevitable.
Unfortunately, circumstances don’t cooperate. Chloe realizes that Lucifer has been telling the truth and that he is, literally, the devil. She takes the news badly and runs away, heading to the Vatican to do some theological research. A fanatical priest convinces her to use her position to defeat Lucifer once and for all, and she agrees. When it comes down to it, though, Chloe realizes that devil or no, Lucifer is still the same as he always was – her partner and her friend. Her actions cause a schism, though, and eventually lead to demons roaming the Earth and Lucifer returning to hell.
Why Are They OTP?
Before December, I had heard of Lucifer but never watched it. Part of what I knew going in was that, in the final episode of the show, Lucifer confessed his love to Chloe. So even before I started watching the show, I knew that Deckerstar was where we were going to end up. But boy did we have a long and difficult road to get to that point.
Lucifer draws you in from the start with its well-developed characters and hints at something more with Chloe and Lucifer. It is not easy, watching the two of them circle around where we know they will eventually be, especially as they make so many mistakes along the way. But the payoff – that sweet Deckerstar content – is worth it, even if the season finale leaves us shattered.
Devil & Detective
One of the things that makes Deckerstar so interesting is the very concept of the two characters. On the one hand, we have the actual devil. Lucifer is not evil, of course, and resents the implications that he is. What he is is hedonistic and debauched. He is not a bad person, just focused solely on his own wants and less on morality. On the other hand, we have an LAPD detective. Chloe is a law enforcer, determined to do the right thing even when it costs her. Her morality is the basis of who she is. She’s no angel, of course, and makes mistakes, but she is shown to be a very good person, at her core.
It seems like a classic case of opposites attract. Lucifer is chaotic and carefree, Chloe is lawful and thoughtful. If anything, it seems like they will clash constantly. What we get is far more complex. Yes, there is a good degree of difference, particularly in how they behave. Chloe is a little uptight in comparison to Lucifer’s freewheeling debauchery. They naturally don’t see eye to eye on a lot of things. But there are many things they do agree on, and we learn more as the show goes on.
Lucifer’s carefree nature hides his deep emotional fears, and Chloe’s moral compass doesn’t always point north. They are drawn together not because of some nonsense about how they are so opposite, but because of the ways in which they are similar. They both devote themselves to serving justice and protecting the innocent, even if they don’t always take the same approach. And, they both care very deeply about the world in general and especially about the people they love. There’s far more alike between the two than there is different.
The Deckerstar dynamic is essential to the story Lucifer has to tell, though it doesn’t always seem that way. There is a lot of a “will they won’t they” dynamic that can, at times, try the patience of shippers. Unlike many other shows, which may drag out pining or noncommunication, Lucifer makes it clear very early on that there is something romantic building between Chloe and Lucifer. They shared a kiss in season two and danced around an unspoken change in their relationship. Unfortunately, Lucifer, always afraid of his feelings, runs away and things go back to a platonic normal.
Even platonic, though, Deckerstar runs the show. While Lucifer is a case-of-the-week police procedural, the relationships on the show take precedence over the cases. One of the interesting points of the show is how it emphasizes the importance of Lucifer and Chloe’s partnership. Even though they clearly have feelings for each other, that they continually fail to act on, they still place so much importance on working together. They are friends, even if they never become anything more than that, and that friendship matters.
Things come to a head in the season 3 episode “Quintessential Deckerstar.” As Chloe prepares to marry Lucifer’s enemy, he decides that continuing to work with her is more important than his feelings. He desperately tries to prove that, no matter what, they will stick together. Things, of course, go predictably wrong, but the point stands: that, no matter what, Lucifer wants to stay close to Chloe. He may want a romance, but getting that matters less than keeping what they have. This is why Chloe’s betrayal after she learns the truth hurts so much: their closeness, their partnership, was what drove so much of the show, and what meant the most to Lucifer.
What’s Next For Deckerstar?
It’s a tough time to be a Deckerstar fan. Lucifer fans were heartbroken to learn that the show was being canceled after three seasons on Fox. This was especially bad since season three ended on so many cliffhangers: a major character was killed, Amenadiel returned to heaven, and Lucifer’s true nature was finally revealed to Chloe. Leaving things there would have been awful, and fans launched a campaign to save Lucifer from cancellation. Their efforts led to Netflix picking up the show and renewing it for another season.
The fourth season gave so much, but also left things in an even worse place. In season 4, we see the ramifications of where season 3 left us. Particularly, we saw Chloe’s failure to deal with the truth of Lucifer’s nature. The season is especially painful for Deckerstar fans, who must watch Chloe lie to and betray Lucifer. Although she doesn’t go through with it, her actions hurt Lucifer deeply, and they both spiral. It’s only in the last episodes that they are able to come to terms with everything, and of course, it’s at that point that everything goes catastrophically wrong.
In the end, Lucifer realizes that, in order to protect his family and his loved ones on Earth, he has to return to hell, a place he never wanted to see again. Chloe confesses her love to try and convince him to stay, but it is because Lucifer loves her too that he has to go. The season ends with Lucifer alone on the throne of hell. Season 5 will be the final season, so we have to hope the show will fix all our broken hearts. With news that God will be joining the cast, it’s clear big things are ahead. But is Deckerstar ahead too?
Is Deckerstar Canon?
The road to Deckerstar has been one of the most winding, convoluted, frustrating paths I’ve ever seen for a ship in a show (but not the most). We’ve had long stretches of “will they won’t they,” we’ve had near misses and false starts… It can be hard to keep track of where things stand with Deckerstar. I hesitate to say whether or not the ship is canon because I’m not really sure where things stand. One thing is for sure: Lucifer and Chloe have romantic feelings for each other, and each wants to act on those feelings. Things just keep getting in the way.
First, there was Lucifer. Fear about his feelings, insecurity about his nature, and suspicion that he was being manipulated by God stopped him from being open and honest with Chloe. They were on a precipice, poised to start something new when Lucifer withdrew. Then, Chloe started a relationship with another man. Even when that fell through, and it seemed like she and Lucifer could take another chance, she ran away when confronted with the truth about him. Although they had a date, it was a plot to trap him, rather than anything real. The backlash from this betrayal pushed them farther apart than ever before.
Where things stand now is in limbo. The air has been cleared, and all the misunderstandings and hurt are no longer in their way. Both characters have confessed their love. But it’s not the start of something new; rather, it’s the end. We have no payoff, no satisfying “come together.” Instead, we have heartbreak and isolation. But we do also have hope – season five may pay off yet. In the final season of the show, we may just get what we’ve been waiting for: a Deckerstar happy ending.