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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.
- 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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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.
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.
- 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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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.