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Okey, let me first start with the obvious. This is just a guilty pleasure with no redeeming value whatsoever. It’s not the one liners, it’s not the superficial shallow procedural excuse or the constant attempts at prolonging a romance after the fact, it’s just the characters having fun. That being said, I have to say the filler does sometimes hit the fan and you have to go through a lot of cheese. So, basically you either got hooked with these characters when they started and want to see them again or this is just not your thing. It doesn’t go any deeper than that, celestial or demonic aspects rarely having any lasting consequences.
Lucifer, Season 5 has strayed far, very far of the original character created by Neil Gaiman for the visual novels. Not that it even intended really to come too close. At this point, the show is coming close to overstaying its welcome if it doesn’t try pulling a game changer. In this season, Lucifer Morningstar (Tom Ellis) and Detective Chloe Decker (Lauren German) are past the point of being a couple and are now going into the painful routing of whether they should stay one… Yes, it’s a stretch but the show does get to coax some charm out of its colorful cast to make its stay a welcome one.
However, if we want to talk turkey, at this point we’ve sprung the evil twin, Michael (Tom Ellis again) so the show has to escalate further and bring in the big one: God himself, portrayed by Dennis Haysbert. Genius casting, one would think. Unfortunately it’s also another step in an ongoing trend of making the show a little too family friendly. It’s not Haysbert’s doing, but the show sometimes goes too far into what I would call Hallmark territory. I’m not saying the show had a sharp edge, but there was some thorny-ness peeking from time to time. Those spikes are less and less common and far between. The fact that I recognize one of the sets used by a CW show didn’t help.
It does feel like I’m repeating this from series and franchises that have had a long run, but the longer these sagas go the more the stories rely on giving the characters/actor moments and less on an overall consistent plot. We’re going along for our investment and we’re willing to put up with a lot, including musical numbers and reminisce along with past scene compilations set to moody music. We’re hoping for some kick. And yes, I know there’s a sixth season coming.
Now, after all the running around, the show knows that it has to raise the stakes for a season finale. To do this it resorts to a very old method, which it frankly has to do in a bit of a hurry. What we get is a bit of gravitas out of the blue and a world-ending event complete with a Hail Mary Pass sort of solution. As with usual finales, we are led to believe this time there will be enduring consequences. After having tried to stir emotions by death and sacrifice, it’s a little hard to believe when it actually happens.
Lightly recommended only for fans of the show. It still attempts have its trademark high stakes episodes as well as its comedic filler ones. However, it often tries to merge the two and dilutes the story down to just giving each character/actor its moment while losing the thread of the plot. It hasn’t quite gone over the edge, but it seems to need a bit of an adrenaline injection before it becomes a parody of itself. As long as it remains irredeemable and unapologetic, I just wish it’d manage to wrap up with a bang but I’ll be content if it doesn’t end with a whimper.
That will do for now.