Lucifer finally brings the big man himself into the show and builds up to a… not finale.
SUMMARY (Spoilers for Seasons 1-5, pt. 1)
In the beginning, God (Dennis Haysbert) cast the devil, Lucifer (Tom Ellis), into Hell, where he remained until he got bored and left with his demon confidante Mazikeen (Lesley-Ann Brandt) to open a nightclub in LA. Then, he got bored of that and decided to be a police consultant with the LAPD, partnered with Detective Chloe Decker (Lauren German). Eventually, Chloe, who falls for Lucifer, learns that Lucifer is, in fact, the devil, as does her ex-husband Dan (Kevin Alejandro), and even Lucifer’s therapist, Dr. Linda Martin (Rachael Harris), who ends up bearing the child of Lucifer’s brother Amenadiel (D.B. Woodside). The only one who doesn’t seem to be in on it is CSI Ella Lopez (Aimee Garcia). After having to return to Hell for a bit, Lucifer finds out that he’s been replaced by his brother Michael (Also Tom Ellis), and that leads to a lot of confusion and trouble until God himself steps in. It turns out that God’s thinking of letting someone else take the reins of the universe, and it may be time that the devil considers taking on a new role.
I honestly didn’t care that much for this show at the beginning, but I will be damned if it didn’t grow on me. A big part of that is that Tom Ellis, who is supposed to be playing a character that is supernaturally charming, is actually almost supernaturally charming. One of the nicest elements is that he plays piano covers of songs that fit thematically with the episodes, including a great cover of Radiohead’s “Creep,” a sentence I would not have previously thought could be typed sincerely. Ellis plays the devil not exactly as Neil Gaiman described him, but with enough elements that you can see the commonality. He tortures himself as often as he tortures others and hates the fact that he can’t seem to stop doing it. It makes for a surprisingly relatable protagonist for being the devil.
One of the biggest elements is that Lucifer is broken because he feels like his father, God, rejected him and cast him down into Hell. While God’s presence has, presumably, been omnipresent in the show, bringing him physically into the show finally gives Lucifer, and the characters that love him, a chance to try and talk to him about his failings as a father. God naturally can’t quite grasp what the issues are, since, being the creator of all things, God kind of thinks everyone should owe him for existence and should probably be thankful. Dennis Haysbert is a great casting choice because he has a figuratively divine voice and a stoic countenance that seems like the kind of person that’s seen everything. Watching him try his best to finally be a “normal” parent is amusing, to say the least.
The show continues its episodic nature by still having Lucifer and Chloe work as detectives, but it does step up much of the overarching narratives in this season, presumably in an attempt to wrap everything up. It’s fairly obvious that this was supposed to be the last season, and was even announced as such, before Covid-19 weirdly resulted in them getting another partial season. It really seems like they have to make a fairly hard left turn in the finale to NOT finish all of the plotlines. Despite that, it does end on a solid cliffhanger and it leaves them a bit of room to work with another season.
Overall, I am happy with this season and I really can’t wait for the last one.