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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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Series Issues: Lucifer returns with Candy Morningstar

Spoilers might spawn from hell.

I’ve always wanted to review Lucifer. It’s one of those series that you don’t really expect to like and then becomes a guilty pleasure that you’re almost ashamed to admit you like. It can be corny, silly and smart being silly and corny, which is when you realize you just need to keep watching. Loosely, and I mean very loosely based on Neil Gaiman’s graphic novel which was a spinoff from his masterpiece The Sandman, you instantly realize this version is quite different. To start, gone is the resemblance to David Bowie. It’s best appreciated as a completely different story and character, since this series is written as a police procedural.

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Now we join the series already in progress 😉

This is a case of a TV show where romance has blossomed as planned between its leads, the carefree and impulsive Lucifer Morningstar and the tough as nails Chloe Decker. Yes, romance was planned but now that it’s the next logic step, the show is backing away from it. Feels a bit like someone is trying to delay a possible occurrence of the infamous Moonlighting curse. The funny thing is that the issue that Lucifer actually has with the relationship is that he has deduced it was planned by his father, so he doesn’t believe that the detective’s feelings are her own but planted.

And so, we get what feels like a rather crass move. Lucifer has gone ahead and gotten married. Enter Mrs. Morningstar, Candy. Candy is an airhead that has a slight penchant for pointing out something in the right direction. That is your only clue, but it’s really easy to dismiss her for being the very incarnation of the blonde bombshell stereotype. You’d be wrong, but you’d be in good company.

Of course, there’s a murder (and a blatant shot of a Supergirl ad – really?) and Lucifer’s reappearance, which seems to completely disregard his past feelings with Chloe, doesn’t seem to help. Much less, when Candy shows up. Nobody is amused, least of all the detective. Meanwhile, Charlotte is fuming and she believes this could be some sort of plan to get back at his father trying to manipulate his life. The moment she says it, it sounds like pure paranoia. But hold on, she’s not far from the truth there. Eventually she believes she’s broken his son’s spirit and he’s just acting impulsively without a compass.

Is he really that careless? A short talk with Amenadiel reveals to us that Lucifer believes Chloe has been manipulated by God into loving him, and he’s trying to set her free. Flimsy, but there’s more coming ahead. Lucifer is not taking Chloe’s feeling into account because he believes them forced, but also he believes he’s taking them into account by making her get rid of them. And there’s one more ace still up Lucifer’s sleeve.

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Persuaded by his brother, Lucifer finally talks to his mom. The conversation with Charlotte not only reveals more about Lucifer’s fall from grace, but the fact that he lost the battle because he lacked one divine weapon: the Flaming Sword once used to guard Eden. Charlotte even reveals that is the same sword that belongs to Azrael. Azrael is the Angel of Death, yet to appear in the show but mentioned as Uriel’s sister. This whole super-exposition-as-dialog is nothing but foreboding for a future episode. I think it would have fitted better on an episode with a different tone, but I guess all the information is going to be crucial really soon so they had to cram it in here in a hurry.

Best moment of the show for me was Lucifer taking the stage at a club where detective Decker is looking for Hannah. His super corny interpretation of “Eternal Flame” was just hilarious. I busted out laughing when one teenager next to Chloe pops up a lighter. The fact that the silly performance turns out to be a trick to find a suspect was a nice touch.

Highs/Lows/JuiceBarTanningSalonCombo:

  • The reveal at the end makes Candy a far more interesting character throughout. She’s quickly dismissed. Let everyone think you a fool. Yes, she’s a con artist that owes Lucifer a big favor.
  • Lucifer is trying to rid Chloe of her feelings for him because he believes his father put them there. I wouldn’t be surprised if it’s going to turn out that didn’t happen and they were genuine from the start, but that’s the show’s excuse for driving them apart again.
  • I don’t think Lucifer is playing a fully honorable card here, but he’s playing it smart in the sense of challenging a destiny he finds tainted by divine manipulation. That being said, it still feels like a flimsy excuse to prolong the tension between him and Chloe.
  • Chloe lowering the teenager’s hand with the lighter. That killed me.
  • Chloe dressing up like Candy to talk to the mediator. That was so out of left field.
  • Charlotte thinking Candy is “the most formidable opponent I’ve ever faced.” And, in the end, being right.
  • Did we really had to showcase the Supergirl ad? Feels a bit lazy.
  • Ella Lopez describing hugging Lucifer: “squirmy on the outside but warm and fuzzy on the inside.” I just love Ella.
  • Mazikeen “Maze” looking at Candy and stating Lucifer has outdone himself this time.
  • And finally, Candy herself, if that is her real name. A great performance by Lindsay Gort.

That will do for now.

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