Spoilers might act deceptively cute.
Oh, why didn’t I start reviewing Lucifer on season one? But alas, regrets are better left behind. The literal devil himself is up against a conundrum. The sword (it’s barely larger than a butter knife) of Azrael was revealed to be the Flaming Sword. I’d hope for something more elegant but perhaps the budget is blown in the cast. If so, it’s worth it. This week it’s a new murder, of which (let’s be honest now) we could care less. Lucifer is being egged on by his mother to throw his emotions into making the sword ignite. I would start by making it look like a real sword, but I’m not in charge of the prop department.
But I guess we’ll do murder while we figure it out. Debbie was the teacher murdered at this fancy schmancy school which name I already forgot. The school is full of caricatures instead of teachers. An overly emotional director, an overly sensitive teacher and an overly dumb physical ed trainer. We also have over the top zealous and elitist parents and you probably think I’m overdoing it. Let’s just say Candy Morningstar would appear subtle next to this week’s murder suspects. On top of it all, Lucifer is trying to control his emotions and he’s thinking somebody at the school might be the key to do that.
Lucifer tries another approach and offers Chloe to drive Trixie to school. Yes, he didn’t say to which school and of course Trixie is in on the hijinx. By the time they got caught, Chloe finds herself in turmoil as Trixie tells a teacher she pretends everything is ok to alleviate her mother’s troubles. Way to go, TV show making me get a knot in my throat. In his own way, Lucifer understands.
Meanwhile, like a villain who tries to tie victims to the train tracks, Charlotte is going for the hammer approach. She’s trying to get Lucifer mad, fearful or even lecherous to see if that makes the blade go flames on. She’s not really helping and can only be as as subtle as a brick through glass.
Oh yeah, the murder thing. So Chloe decides to go to a wake at the school, since Trixie has been considered as a candidate to attend. The elite status blinds detective Decker only temporarily, but she still decides to go. Surprisingly, she’s joined by Maze who decides to help Chloe out posing as the other parent. Then, using one of the stupidest traps ever (the DNA evidence is in the car? Really, people?), they find their unlikely killer. Points to Maze for jumping on her once the things got oversensitive again.
In the end, Lucifer finally opens up to Dr. Linda Martin and learns he has to go through the pain – not the anger. As he does that, he’s able to ignite the sword. Charlotte wants more, but thankfully Amenadiel intervenes before Lucifer ends up using that sword to shut up his mother. Once more stating they have all the time in the world, Amenadiel makes Charlotte back off Lucifer. Charlotte leaves the scene as she checks a recent wound on her wrist that glows. Seems she doesn’t have much time left herself.
- It’s very hard sometimes to decide if my favorite character is Ella, Maze or Trixie. I’d probably say Ella, but Trixie stole the show this week starting with the moment she happily introduces herself as Trixie Morningstar. She also broke my heart when saying she keeps her sadness quiet because she knows her mom has more issues to deal with.
- Maze pretending to hear Chloe Decker while she has earbuds at full headbang-level volume.
- Dr. Linda Martin, the patient therapist, making a breakthrough she’s been expecting from Lucifer for a long time.
- Chloe, realizing she has not been listening to her daughter, and feeling bad as how much easier a time Trixie has opening up when she’s with Lucifer.
- And the obviously low point of the show, the whole cartoonish acting of every teacher and parent in the school. That was just a cringe-fest parade of acting stereotypes. I was just glad that I really didn’t care for the detective procedural part this time.
- I have to say Tricia Helfer plays a mean Charlotte. I know her manipulative ways put her at odds with her sons all the time, but she’s at her best when she does.
- On the other side, I want Amenadiel to gain back his powers. I think they might depend less on his father’s approval and more on his approval of his own actions.
- Can we change the plastic knife prop for something a little more worthy of the Sword of Azrael or the Flaming Sword? Looks plastic from several angles, like all the angles they use to film it from.
That will do for now.