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Series Issues: The good, the bad and the finale of Lucifer

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The thing that Lucifer does best is when the supernatural stuff is opaqued by the mundane every day life. It makes its characters a little more humane and the premise more fantastic. That is why sometimes the storyline takes a backseat to the funny and awkward moments that really define this show as a sitcom. It’s literally situational comedy born out of an incredible premise.

But then again, the premise does call for some sort of an epic showdown. I wasn’t sure how exactly they would resolve it, but first we had the Goddess herself looking guilty. Yes, there’s a couple of people she’s toasted. The thing that is really hard to forgive is what she does to Linda. Had Amenadiel not being able to slow down time, she would have been dead.

Lucifer is really easy to read. Whenever things seem solved to the point of celebration is when they’re about to become worse. But unfortunately sometimes that works against the show. Sometimes whatever we consider an important development turns out to be trivial.

In the end, we lose the Goddess and Charlotte Richards gets to live again. The sword is also lost, but Lucifer does take the precaution to not throw it away whole. Linda gets to live. Chloe knows she’s only being told half-truths.

And Lucifer decides to come clean, which means he’s never going to get to keep his word. Instead he’s shown regaining consciousness in a desolate deserts. And for some reason, he’s got his wings back.

Highs/Lows/Improv:

  • Best scene in the show is Trixie making Maze and Lucifer her patients. Lucifer doesn’t get a lollipop.
  • Amenadiel joins Daniel’s improv class. Intentionally, he’s supposed to misunderstand the concept of improv to make it funny. The problem is that it’s specially dark if you know what he’s really going through.
  • Why exactly does Daniel put his hands up at Lucifer carrying a dagger when he’s carrying a gun?
  • The flaming sword finally appears at sword-length. So, the Lightbringer is literally wielding something very close to a lightsaber. I know I asked for this so I blame myself, but something a little more medieval/angelic looking would’ve gone a longer way.
  • Pet peeve of mine: the whole running around of characters looking for something to get melodramatic about. Yes, sometimes the plot of the show feels a bit like an improv class.
  • The ending was underwhelming. We don’t get a big angelic war. But we almost lose Linda. Given the nature of the show, I would have gone smaller even. I would have rather not see the whole flaming sword, it be casted aside and Mom to leave peacefully.
  • Also, location! A more fitting scenario would’ve been somewhere dark and preferably gothic or medieval. A carnival at the beach is far from ideal.
  • I think it was dark to realize Linda had been critically wounded by Charlotte. That’s one act that is really difficult to forgive. I think it would have worked better for Lucifer to be at Linda’s side previous to the confrontation, giving him more gravitas and selling the possibility of him striking down his Mom in more serious way.
  • I don’t think we really got an ending, but rather a resolution of where the characters should be. I would’ve hoped we didn’t end with a cliffhanger, but I was kinda prepared for one. Unfortunately this one doesn’t have anything to do with the story. That makes me suspect that it’s actually completely incidental and will have no consequences in the long run.

That will do for now.

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Series Issues: Lucifer manages to feel Sympathy for the Goddess

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In a quick revision of the intended goal, we’re now talking about three components to make the sword whole. I also hope that we get an actual sword in the end rather than three trinkets glued together. Anyhow, Lucifer’s goal is actually not the essence of the show, but the small sparks that occur while the fate of the universe is being decided. Yeah, we’ve now backed away from the romantic angle and we’re just in sitcom mode, but I think that’s where the show can shine.

The show and titular Lucifer, has been postponing a confrontation between Lucifer and Maze for more than a few episodes now. Their inevitable clash takes place with almost gusto. It’s just a violent exchange of blows, the worst of it kept away from our eyes. We see it start, cut to commercials, and then we see it finish with broken mayhem all around as evidence. That’s actually a refreshing way to approach it.

Another refreshing take is Dr. Linda Martin coming to the end of her rope, as her ethics are called into question. She may lose her practice. Maze feels more like a friend here than Lucifer has been. He’s been careful of aligning events to his benefit, but careless with other people’s loyalties and feelings. He’s the Devil. It’s his schtick. But even once in a while, he’s gotta take stock and update his allies on what’s going on.

Charlotte is getting close to Daniel. She’s also featured prominently in this case as she’s employed by the main baddie. That also means that Chloe and Daniel has questions about her involvement until she finally confesses to a partial truth. She’s come out as the ex-wife of Lucifer’s father. Clever, so the ages don’t have to match. At least that allows Charlotte to be present in both Lucifer and Amenadiel’s life without raising suspicions.

Highs/Lows/SwordAccessories:

  • I’m glad the show finally addressed Dr. Linda Martin’s past indiscretions with Lucifer. That was a past action without consequence that now feels planned.
  • The last component is a book. Or not. It’s not a book? Then is the book real? And yes, I know Amenadiel ends up having the final part of the Sword. Good on him to get a compliment from his father. He so desperately needed one.
  • C.I. Ella Lopez muttering out of the side of her mouth, “hey perhaps Ella should go to the party!” That just cracked me up.
  • I’m glad that Charlotte doesn’t need a reason to hang out with the gang anymore, and that she might be developing some empathy for Chloe.
  • At the same time, I think that Lucifer and Maze were really growing apart, so this cathartic and over the top confrontation might mean they’ll be, if not in the same page, not in completely disconnected.
  • Dr. Linda Martin telling Lucifer that Maze is pissed because he used her.
  • Daniel Espinoza is not only still being sought by Charlotte, he’s actually connecting with Amenadiel. These extra connections are making a tighter cast of characters and allow for more storyline angles.
  • Maze’s protectiveness (misguided and all) of Linda might cause some damage but if there’s really nothing else to do, she’s still going to make something happen. Perhaps she’ll find something to blackmail the head of the committee with. Or take his head.
  • Is it wrong to say that among all the great shows I watch, this one is consistently entertaining? Yeah, it also the one that has the tackiest moments on heaven and hell, but still one I have to keep watching.

That will do for now.

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Series Issues: Lucifer meets God Johnson

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Is this the first time Lucifer gets himself committed in a psychiatric hospital? I keep thinking this already happened earlier. Yes, there’s a murder yada yada, but let’s cut to the chase. One of the patients believes himself to be God. The coincidences start mounting up and pretty soon Lucifer is thinking his dear old dad on whom he has plenty of resentful and vengeful thoughts has somehow landed on earth.

Of course this hampers the investigation, and detective Decker finds herself needing someone on the inside who doesn’t believe he’s a celestial being. After Dr. Garrity generously offers his personal digits, Maze convinces Decker (yeah that’s a sentence that ends in trouble) to invite the head shrink over to pump him for information. She also is offering a threesome, but Chloe declines. Also, Amenadiel shows up. The detective may be good at detecting, but at pretending she’s not.

Do we care about the murder investigation? Not even a bit. So let’s focus on what’s important. Lucifer breaks out his “Dad” in a blaze of glorious madness with the help of Dr. Linda Martin, who suspects Lucifer might be doing this for other motives than revenge. This is obvious in the scene in which he gets Charlotte and “God” together with some good oldies music.

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By the time they’re back in the asylum, they find themselves drugged and at the mercy of the real killer. Oh yes, there was a killer. We don’t really care about that. The point is that Lucifer hears what he’s always wanted: an apology and some reassurance from his father. Too bad it isn’t him. Apparently the belt buckle that “God” is wearing was crafted in heaven. Once it’s taken from him, he reverts back to his human self. So, was it really God or was it some sort of aspect of the celestial being that bewitched -ahem. sorry- charmed Mr. Johnson?

Yeah, really. Someone up the budget for the prop department? Anyhow, we finally learned what Uriel told Lucifer: “the piece is here.” Basically, the sword is not complete. There are pieces of it spread all over, but we don’t know how many. It seems the belt buckle fits into the dagger, but it doesn’t quite stay in place.

And despite that speech from “God”, which should’ve been cathartic to Lucifer, he makes it clear he now hates his father even more.

Highs/Lows/JustASlobLikeOneOfUs:

  • I find it strange that Linda of all people believes Lucifer immediately.
  • Maze is a fiend. As fun as it is seeing her making Chloe’s life impossible, you do know she’s more insightful than she looks.
  • “God would never use public transit.” That killed me. Lucifer gets the best lines.
  • Yeah, I keep mentioning this and I know that the entire season is filmed already but… the buckle over the blade makes it incredibly obvious that the blade is plastic. Please tell me that when all the pieces are together, the whole thing will change into a killer kick-ass sword (preferably a hand-and-a-half/bastard sword) that at least looks metallic.
  • Ella first quoting and then listening to “What If God Was One Of Us.” I want more scenes with Ella.
  • Lucifer’s portrait of Chloe. I can’t explain why I find it funny, it just is.
  • So, we’re going for the old true and tried quest for the undetermined-number-of-pieces-to-form-the-thingamajig. I guess we couldn’t come up with something better. It’s a bit of a dramatic license on how many episodes long we want to make this thing. I really hope the showrunners are aiming for a finite number.
  • You feel a little sorry for Charlotte by the episode’s end. Then again, Dan might be feeling sorry for himself by next week.

That will do for now.

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