Lucifer: Season 1
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Lucifer: Season 1

Realistically the most fundamental story depicting the eternal battle between and evil has to be represented by God and the devil. Although in the Bibleís fallen angel is usually referred to as Satan, the resistor for Devil, the slanderer won the many common names attached to this individual by mankind is Lucifer, the light bringer. It is that name used for a subsidiary of DC comics and now has become the latest DC comic to be made into a television show, this time on the Fox network. Unlike the other members of the extended DC television universe, this series departs from the usual drama/action genre in favor of being a dark comedy/drama vehicle. Set out to achieve this by creating a parody of the perennial TV format, the police procedural. I realize that many fans of the comic disagree with this approach, they have to realize that whenever a story is migrated to another medium certain creative and stylistic choices must be made. With regard to this series, that entailed framing the story in a motif familiar to television audiences. After all, one of the goals here for the network to expand fan story from a group of comic aficionados. Personal perspective I found this to be a very genius and entertaining decision. It facilitates the audienceís ability to relate show. No one want to form an emotional bond with Lucifer, it was particularly crucial for the general format be as familiar and comfortable to viewers as possible. Creative team over at Marvel at this the problem with this the themes explored by their protagonists have the tendency to be universal human subjects. Resource to be kept in mind that this is an origin story of sorts. This requires more than the usual elucidation of the back story all principal characters, human, angelic or demonic.

Lucifer becomes bored of ruling in hell and decides to abdicate his throne and live among the humans. Assuming the name of Lucifer Morningstar (Tom Ellis) is undeniable charisma soon makes him a leading player in the current popular scene. Establishing his cover opened the nightclub, Lux, and is joined by one of his most supportive demons Mazikeen (Lesley-Ann Brandt), for the sake of brevity nicknames Maze. Lucifer does possess one supernatural ability in particular but he finds most useful. Is able to uncover a personís most deeply hidden secrets and desires and force them to confess their sins in public. He is inexorably drawn to a detective in the Los Angeles police department, Chloe Decker (Lauren German), who is divorced from another detective Dan Espinoza (Kevin Alejandro), but she has full custody of their daughter Beatrix (Scarlett Estevez) nicknamed Trixie. Lucifer finds himself desiring Chloe but his abilities does not work on her. He insinuates himself and a life by becoming a consultant to the LAPD. He is so upset his inability with Chloe that he seeks professional help psychiatrist, Dr. Linda Martin (Rachael Harris), who he pays sexual encounters which the doctor, like all women, find absolutely incredible.

Although Chloe tolerates Lucifer because he does seem to help, in his own way, solve difficult cases but almost everyone else would rather see him gone. The ex-husband, Espinoza, distrust Lucifer with all three human motive of jealousy but his brother angel from heaven, Amenadiel (D.B. Woodside) is anxious to return to hell where he belongs. This does put the audience members into an awkward position for the Feynman cheering on the devil opposing the motives of an angel. Lucifer was quite open with who he is he is from most people just dismiss this as him playing to his own self-image. While in corporal form Lucifer should be immune from all harm but when fully shoots him to prove heís not real devil, whatís the Lucifer surprise you wounded. There is something very special about the circumstances of this event that is playfully held force of the best by the writers. Although it may be fairly easy fans ascertain the fact that they donít feel obliged to overtly call attention to the truth demonstrate that the writers are capable of a subtle plot point as well as respecting the intelligence of the viewer. Another threat is woven into this plot point when Amenadiel resurrects a crooked cop, Malcolm Graham (Kevin Rankin) been shot by Espinoza. As this series is in essence a dark comedy almost sadistic little twists such as this adds a certain panache to the show.

Consistent with the current trend of police procedurals, this series is largely character driven. As the titular character Lucifer is expected to undergo the most apparent psychological and even emotional changes. While that is achieved great care was given to the arcs of the supporting characters. Even peripheral characters such as Dr. Martin transform from initially used only as a sexual plaything sounding board for Lucifer to actually offering him psychological assistance. This resonates with greater changes than Lucifer as it becomes increasingly human in his outlook especially around Chloe. The millennium has been the one instigating changes, usually for the worse. Now, he finds himself inescapably changed by this young woman who is frustratingly beyond his usual overwhelming sexual prowess. The nuances of this relationship are eventually woven into the main storyline in a manner that demonstrates a level of craftsmanship that helps the series succeed. Elements of the story that initially seemed related gradually integrated to produce an entertaining and compelling season finale.

There are also a few subplots that appear to still hold potential for the future. One example concerns possession of Lucifer that is stolen that he is exceptionally anxious to retrieve. It is often revealed to be this angel wings severed from the back when he left hell. That plot device may have appeared to have been concluded in this season but there were tantalizing clues provided indicate that they will become exceptionally important in the future. For example: Lucifer wings were white while those of Amenadiel are black. It might be misdirection but considering how the rest of the series together so efficiently, that it seems much more likely that somewhere down the line this will become crucial to propelling the series forward. As Lucifer begrudgingly become increasingly nice, Amenadiel resorts too underhanded and decidedly un-angelic behavior. There is only a minimal use of Luciferís special abilities which helps focus the attention on personality rather than plunging the show into a rather mundane superhero series. As such, the talented cast is given a showcase for their varied range of abilities. It would preclude some of the most emotionally nuanced scenes with Lucifer having him in contemplative mood playing the piano, softly singing while having a scotch and cigarette. Usually showing a main character smoking is frowned upon by the networks but no one would consider the devil as a role model. The series has been renewed for a second season which should be full of entertaining surprises.

Posted 08/18/2016

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