I love Lucifer. The TV Series, That Is….

I really wasn’t sure whether or not I would like Lucifer the tv series, but given that I love comics and generally try to give adaptations of comics into other media a try, I figured I may as well check it out.

Lucifer, as presented in this series, is based on the version that appeared in The Sandman, written by Neil Gaiman, and then later his own series, by Mike Carey. This incarnation of the devil is not so much evil incarnate as dissatisfied with his relationship with his “father.”

Played wonderfully by Tom Ellis, Lucifer is charming and charismatic, but for a being that has existed since the dawn of time, he is not terribly bright or self-aware. Tired of reigning in Hell and frustrated with the way humanity blames him for all their sins– he likes to point out that we make our own bad choices and he simply provides the punishment– he has abdicated Hell and come to Los Angeles to run a piano bar called Lux, accompanied by his guardian/ assistant, Mazikeen. It is here, following the murder of Delilah, a pop star whose career Lucifer helped launch, that Lucifer encounters police detective Chloe Decker (Lauren German).

The show quickly becomes a typical, old-fashioned cop/ buddy show with Lucifer constantly becoming involved with various police proceedings and using his supernatural ability to have people share their fantasies and deepest secrets in order to further investigations. While some of this stems from a seeming interest in understanding humans, it is primarily because Lucifer is entranced by Chloe, who is for some reason immune to his charms.

While I can’t say that Lucifer does anything terribly new or exciting (we’ve all seen this type of character dynamic several times over the years) I find myself totally enjoying each episode. Much of it is due to Ellis, who possesses a tremendous amount of charm and who manages to make the devil not only charming, but likeable. Yes, as mentioned above, he is a bit slow on the uptake, but he’s fun to watch.

The supernatural side of the story isn’t terribly evident in most of the episodes that I have watched so far, although there is the recurring presence of Amenadiel (D.B. Woodside), one of Heaven’s angels who wants to return Lucifer to Hell and is willing to do whatever it takes to accomplish this goal.

I’m still in the first season, streaming it on Crave TV, so it is entirely possible that the premise will wear thin before too long, but then again perhaps not. There have been several police procedurals over the years that managed to entertain for multiple seasons before going off the air, so Lucifer should be able to manage the same, especially if the show mixes up the action with the occasional “cosmic” story.

Genre TV often faces some difficulty, but Lucifer has been renewed for a full third season, despite protest from groups such as One Million Moms, who want to see the series dropped due to the “glorification of evil” that they believe it represents. How nice it would be if they could turn their attention to the evil that exists in the real world, instead of attacking television shows…

Personally, I hope it continues for another couple of seasons.

4 thoughts on “I love Lucifer. The TV Series, That Is….”

  1. I’m Catholic, but I like to think one with sense of humour, and I think I would like this show. I haven’t come across it here in UK, but I’m wondering whether it would be available on Sky yet, or on Netflix. I need to look into this.
    I like the idea of the writer playing with a frustrated Lucifer, afflicted to be blamed by our choice to do bad rather than good. As I say, not having seeing the show, I cannot comment as such, but I think it would make it even more interesting if the writer could throw in more reference to the fact that all Lucifer does is punish us for our wrong choices, whilst Him above loves us unconditionally. There could be comic gems hidden in that concept to play with for episodes on end. But then again, who know, maybe in the next series?

    1. That is a bit of the premise of the show. He is resentful of the fact that he is being blamed for everything bad (“the Devil made me do it!”) when it is up to the individual to choose their actions. They kind of play with the notion that despite his “rebellion” he is (perhaps unwittingly) serving a purpose in God’s plans. Although he doesn’t really want to admit it, he wants to be reconciled with God, his father. He comes to realise this somewhat by observing the interactions of humanity and their relationships with one another.

      I was born to a Protestant father and Catholic mother, but neither one really taught us about religion. My mom in particular lost interest in the church when her fairly-religious family told her that if she married my dad she and any kids they had would end up in hell… My personal views kind of fall under the heading of “Other.” Even had I been Catholic, however, I can’t imagine that I would be overly offended by this show for a couple of reasons. First off, I recognise that it is fiction. Beyond that, if God is omnipotent and all-knowing, then it seems logical to me that anything Lucifer does should be part of His plan. Finally, if God is truly merciful and forgiving, then wouldn’t the ultimate act of forgiveness be to reconcile with Lucifer?

      There was a series of movies with Christopher Walken calledThe Prophecy which dealth with the angel Gabriel starting a new war in Heaven due, pretty much, to jealousy over humanity. He was upset that God would love “the monkeys” more than the angels. It dealt with some of the same ideas as Lucifer, albeit in a much less humorous manner. My wife (Catholic from the Philippines) had a bit more difficulty with that, but by the third movie there is reconciliation as Gabriel comes to understand God better.While the second and third movies aren’t great, I liked the first a lot and I love Christopher Walken. I also thought that, taken as a whole, the series had an interesting story arc for Gabriel.

      I am not sure where Lucifer will end up by the time they are done. I don’t imagine he’ll ever become the “good guy,” but I wouldn’t be surprised if he ultimately came to accept his role with an understanding that he is serving his father by “being bad.”

      Thanks for commenting!

  2. Well, I started to watch the show once. My wife and I are probably being unfair about giving it a chance. I think we let the title deter us from trying to watch it. I think you helped them to get me to try it. Doesn’t sound too bad the way you broke it down. Thanks for the information.

    1. I’m not going to lie and say that it’s the best show on TV or anything, but I am totally into it right now. I can see, however, that some people might start to be a bit put-off by Lucifer being a bit dense at times. You’d think that someone who has been around almost literally forever would be a bit smarter (we was in the comics), but I still find him charming. I currently only have access to season 1 and haven’t finished it yet (almost, though), so I am not sure how good later episodes are, but given that is has been renewed for a full third season, I’m hopeful that I’ll continue to enjoy it.

      It’s kind of funny… The other show that I have started watching recently is How to Get Away with a Murder and I find that I am finding the devil much more likeable than lawyers and law students.


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