Lucifer (Season 5: Part 1): It’s Heaven-Sent – Netflix Review

The Devil is coming back from Hell for another good time.


After he was forced to go to Hell at the end of the last season in order to regain his throne and quell a demon uprising, Lucifer Morningstar (Tom Ellis) is feeling the eternal torment. It turns out that even though only a few months have passed on Earth, thousands of years have passed in Hell. However, after he sees a familiar face in the underworld, he finds out that Chloe Decker (Lauren German) might be in trouble. Moreover, he soon discovers that his identical twin brother Michael is impersonating him on Earth. Lucifer returns in order to try and stop Michael with the help of the other regulars: His brother Amenadiel (D. B. Woodside), the demon bounty hunter Mazikeen (Lesley-Ann Brandt), Det. Dan Espinoza (Kevin Alejandro), Dr. Linda Martin (Rachael Harris), and Ella Lopez (Aimee Garcia). 

They’re the new hot couple on TV.


Sometimes I think someone really did sell their soul to make this show successful. This series invokes trope after trope constantly, including some very tired ones (introducing an unmentioned identical twin character, for example), but I still enjoy it thoroughly. We’ve had the relationship between Chloe and Lucifer going on since the beginning of the show, but every time it seems like it might go somewhere, something intervenes and resets the status quo for a bit. At the end of the last season the show was on Fox, Season 3, when the pair finally seemed poised to get together, Chloe finally witnessed Lucifer in his true form and bolted. She spent most of Season 4 getting over it and so, naturally, at the end of the season Lucifer had to leave. Given that I routinely get the same feelings of perpetual return to the mean from Eric Kripke’s other show, Supernatural, I’m guessing that’s just what he considers the best way to keep a show going for a long time. Since Supernatural has 320 episodes, he’s probably got a point. However, this season was originally supposed to be the end of the show, so, surprisingly, some stuff actually starts to move the status quo forward. After Covid-19 stalled the production the show got renewed for another season, so I don’t know if the show will undo that in the second half, but I hope not. 

They even do the show within a show trope and I love it.

A big part of why the show works is that it properly maintains the balance between the episodic mysteries that Lucifer and Chloe encounter as part of the LAPD and the overall story arcs. For example, last season, a big arc was the birth of baby Charlie, Amenadiel and Linda’s baby, and this season deals with their parenting a lot, usually by just having them caring for the infant while talking to the others. It allows all of the plots to move forward together, or at least to not feel like they’ve been dropped. 

They also do a great job with experimental episodes.

Tom Ellis does double duty in this season as both Michael and Lucifer, and you can tell the difference in the characters by more than just his accent (Michael has an American accent for some reason). Michael, despite being God’s literal right hand in most Biblical dogma, is the more duplicitous of the two and also the less confident. Even when he’s attempting to be Lucifer, he constantly seems a bit more on edge. I think it might be a reflection of the idea that someone who always tells the truth never has to worry about what to say next. Brandt does a good job of portraying Mazikeen as still heartbroken after getting rejected by Eve in the last season. The character is trying to deal with some very relatable issues, even though she is supposed to be a literal soulless demon. 

The evil twin of the devil is a weird statement.

Overall, solid addition to the show, albeit a bit short since it’s only half of a season. Can’t wait for the finale.

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Netflix Review – Lucifer Seasons 1-3: A Devil for the Sympathy

Once Upon A Time the Devil took a vacation.


Lucifer Morningstar (Tom Ellis) is your typical Los Angeles nightclub owner, except inasmuch as he is the Biblical Devil, an angel cast out of heaven who previously reigned over the damned in Hell. He’s typically assisted by the demon Mazikeen (Lesley-Ann Brandt) and opposed by his brother Amenadiel (D.B. Woodside), who wants him to retake his position in Hell. One evening, a pop star whom he was attempting to help is gunned down in front of him. The investigating detective, Chloe Decker (Lauren German), surprises Lucifer by proving immune to his powers, intriguing him. He decides to become a civilian consultant to the LAPD in order to find out more about her and also to entertain himself.

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I’m straight, but this is truth in advertising.

Along the way he picks up a therapist named Dr. Linda Martin (Rachael Harris), a semi-rival in Decker’s ex husband Dan Espinoza (Kevin Alejandro), an unwanted mini-acolyte in Decker’s daughter Trixie (Scarlett Estevez), and an unlikely friend ally in the devout Catholic LAPD forensic scientist Ella Lopez (Aimee Garcia).

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Yeah, this is definitely a good looking cast.


The key to this show is the cast. The premise, while not boring, would get a little repetitive if everyone in it wasn’t just so damned charming, particularly Tom Ellis. Of course, his character is supposed to be superhumanly attractive and alluring, but it’s impressive how well he sells that. This version of the Devil is interesting because it’s a Devil who has just become bored with his role. It’s not quite the Lucifer of Paradise Lost, though it’s clear to see that Neil Gaiman drew a great deal of inspiration from Milton in creating this version of Satan. It’s that version several millennia down the line, realizing that reigning in Hell, while better than serving in Heaven, is still not that fulfilling. Also, I like that the show kept the comic version’s policy of never lying, since it both makes for hilarious scenes and also distinguishes him from the typical “Lord of Lies” image of Satan. The show never portrays Lucifer as outright evil in any way, he just has a different view of morality than most people.

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Ellis doesn’t resemble Bowie like comic Lucifer does, but… eh, see the first picture.

The rest of the cast is amazing and they all play off of each other perfectly. Some of my favorite episodes are when two of the characters that usually aren’t together are paired for a B-plot. It helps that the show does actually have the characters change over time as they interact with each other, something that they kind of needed after the relatively strict limitations they held during the first season.

The show’s sense of humor is one of the best features. Unlike most Urban Fantasies, the main character does not attempt to hide his supernatural existence at all, leading to amusing misunderstandings. Lucifer tells everyone he’s the Devil up front, but they all seem to think he’s talking metaphorically or that he’s just coping with some sort of past trauma. Granted, it turns out as the show goes on that Lucifer actually does consider his past to be a trauma, with his relationship with his father being integral to the character. It’s interesting to watch characters dissect the actions of a literally omnipotent and presumably omnibenevolent God (Neil Gaiman) from the perspective of the Devil, who is our sympathetic focal character. Most shows wouldn’t try this kind of thing and I’m happy the show plays it out.

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I mean, most people can’t make Satan likable, right Milton?

As the series goes on, the expansion of the mythology also helps keep it interesting, with Seasons 2 and 3 each having an added character that pretty much makes for the focus of the season’s arc.

Overall, I’m excited for the fourth and final season of the show, which was pretty much accomplished solely through the fan dedication to the series. I applaud Netflix for allowing shows to get their closure for the people that love them. If only they’d been around for that one series that had the spaceships

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