Spoilers for the pilot episode of Lucifer.
Fox’s newest series is very loosely based on the Lucifer character from DC/Vertigo Comics. Lucifer Morningstar (Tom Ellis) is bored with ruling in Hell and doesn’t like the misconceptions humanity has about him. He locks up the doors to the underworld and moves to Los Angeles where he runs a nightclub with his right hand woman, Mazikeen (Lesley-Ann Brandt). Amenadiel (D.B. Woodside), one of God’s angels, orders Lucifer to go back to Hell and rule as he was banished to do. Lucifer’s existence in the mortal realm creates an imbalance that could become dangerous for everyone. Lucifer hates Anenadiel and essentially tells him and God to shove it, he is going to stay on Earth. After one of his protégées, a famous singer, is shot to death in front of him, Lucifer meets Detective Chloe Dancer (Lauren German) and the two of them team up to find the killer after she realizes he can get people to confess things to him. Lucifer enjoyed catching the bad guy (it was the girl’s music manager who wanted to earn more money from the spike in album sales after her death) and he is intrigued by Chloe who is immune, for some unexplained reason, to his charms. Each week the two of them will tackle a new case.
Lucifer was actually a lot better than I expected it to be. There is WAY TOO MANY puns and jokes about how he is really the devil that will grow old very quickly if overused (and I have a feeling that they will be for a few episodes), but overall the show has a wickedly fun streak to it. The music throughout the episode was super cliché, but using David Bowie’s “Fame” was spooky spot on considering the timing of the episode’s airing and the fact that Neil Gaiman (Lucifer’s creator in The Sandman and Lucifer) asked for the illustrator to make Lucifer resemble Bowie when the comic series first ran. I have not read the entire Sandman story (which introduced Lucifer into the DC/Vertigo Universe before he got his own series) so I am only somewhat familiar with character and the narrative of him coming to Earth after deciding he no longer wanted to rule Hell. The premise seemed to be a bit bigger than what a network series could tackle, but the pilot introduced all of the main elements nicely.
Ellis oozes charm and possesses a sexy swagger, I long to confess my deepest desires to him. The chemistry between Ellis and German smolders beautifully making me want to tune in week to week to see the banter between them. It is almost as hot as the banter between Mulder and Scully. Several weeks of the two couple’s sexual tension may be too much to handle. Way to go Fox for pairing the two shows together. I am curious as to how the rest of the series will play out and how the writers will handle the repercussions of the Devil being on Earth and upsetting the balance of good and evil. The only thing that has me a little weary of the show already is the procedural element. There is The Mentalist/Bones vibe going on that is okay for a week to week type thing while the show finds its legs. Hopefully there will be more of the mythology of Heaven and Hell as the series progresses.
What did you think of the premier of Lucifer? Were you charmed by the Devil into watching? Will you tune in next week? Let me know what you think in the comments section below.