We met the devil tonight. Lucifer is good looking, charming, and mischievous while he diverts himself in Los Angeles and with the mortals he encounters.
The show opens with Lucifer driving through LA in a gorgeous black ’61-’62 corvette with FALLIN1 on his license plate. It feels a bit like the opening of Entourage – sexy and fun. Maybe this is why I like the car, I have never been a fan of Corvettes, but I like this one. He has the music blasting and is clearly enjoying himself. Lucifer is pulled over by a dorky looking motorcycle cop and we get to see his influence on humanity. He asks the cop what his deepest desire is and if he ever breaks the law, and suddenly this very straight looking rule following policeman is telling him how he sometimes likes to turn the siren on and just drive fast through town. Lucifer is peeling money off a wad that he pulls out of his pocket; the cop looks at the money longingly and finally gives in to his darker desires taking the money. One would expect to see Lucifer using this power to cause all sorts of chaos, but he does not, he is satirical.
Lucifer goes into his night club and he speaks with a beautiful bartender who has come from hell with him, her name is Mazikeen (Lesley-Ann Brandt), he calls her Maze. She was so calm and cool standing there that it was truly unexpected to have the other bartender stand up from below her. I must say that I appreciate seeing a woman who is on the receiving end and in control in a sexual situation. It is so rarely seen in entertainment. While she is pouring a drink everything slows down and we see the silhouette of an angel, he is pretty incredible looking. He is Amenadiel (DB Woodhouse), an archangel sent by their “father” to convince Lucifer to go back to the underworld. He tells Lucifer that he is “making a mockery of everything divine”. This of course is something that the devil does not care at all about. I enjoyed the rebellious child attitude that Lucifer conveys sitting there mocking his “brother”. Apparently without the devil, the demons and tormented souls are causing problems. I wonder if the problems that Lucifer encounters are some sort of message or threat to him to get him back to the underworld. Softy that I am, I don’t want to see the people he cares about dying. I suppose we will have to keep watching to find out!
I love the way Tom Ellis plays Lucifer with such a sarcastic, charming and flirtatious attitude. Lucifer does not lie, and his brutal honesty is actually a bit refreshing, but what is really entertaining is when he gets others to do the same. He meets Chloe Dancer, (Lauren German) a former teen movie star who is now a police detective investigating the murder of a sad mixed up pop star named Delilah. Lucifer decides to insert himself into the investigation. He tries getting Chloe to respond to his devil charms to tell him her desires, but she is completely unaffected. He is clearly frustrated and very intrigued by the fact that he cannot seem to influence her. Chloe is “the last pure soul” which is why she cannot be seduced by Lucifer’s charms. It will be fun to see how their relationship develops.
We meet Chloe’s daughter whose name is Beatrice (Scarlett Estevez), everyone calls her Trixie. Lucifer tells her it is a hooker name, this leads to a number of humorous exchanges. She is adorable and funny, I love the way she decides to like Lucifer despite his negative attitude about kids. Chloe was called to pick her up from school after an incident with a bully. Even though Lucifer seems to be repelled by children, he decides to defend her and gives the bully a little of her own medicine. The way he does it by just changing his eyes is simple but very effective. I always appreciate when a bully does not get away with what they have done. I am left wondering if Satan has a soft side.
Chloe is dealing with some serious sexual discrimination in the police department. Being a woman in a “mans world” is not easy. She further complicated her situation by going against the majority in a previous case. Her ex-husband is also a police detective and he seems determined to undermine her at every turn. He is so clearly intimidated by her perseverance and intelligence, this makes him incredibly unlikable. This struggle is pervasive throughout our society, and an important issue to address.
Lucifer is pretty sure that Delilah’s former producer is somehow involved in her murder. He interrupts his wedding to a supermodel. I loved when he got the bride to admit that she did not love her fiance and did not want to have sex with him. As I am writing this, I’m realizing that there are quite a few women’s issues being addressed on this show. This is a very good thing.
Lucifer and Chloe are following clues and finally end up at the office of the dead pop star’s therapist. Dr. Linda Martin (Rachel Harris) seems to be a prim and proper woman until she gets a look at Lucifer. The funniest encounter ensues. She cannot stop looking at him; she suddenly desperately wants to have sex with him. She’s giggling and flirting and cannot seem to focus on the issue at hand. Chloe finally asks him if he’s roofied her because she is acting so strangely. Her expressions are hilarious! Rachel Harris plays this part perfectly. Lucifer is again reminded that he can easily affect everyone he speaks with, except Chloe and he clearly cannot stand this.
The episode ends with Lucifer hearing from the two people who seem to be there with him from hell. Maze tells him to “stop caring, you’re the devil”. Amenadiel cannot understand why he is showing restraint and mercy. He tells Lucifer that he needs to keep the balance while hilariously calling him Lucy. This name does not fit our devil on the show, he is way too male and polished. Lucifer is behaving out of character and this is upsetting the balance of good and evil. This devil is tired of the role he was put into in the underworld and wants to try something different.
The music on this show is fantastic and very appropriate. It begins with Cage the Elephant’s No Rest for the Wicked; it’s a song that you will find yourself humming long after you’ve heard it. When Lucifer enters his night club we get to listen to Fame by David Bowie. Later the mood is set by Howlin’ for You by The Black Keys, Devils Haircut by Beck, and finally by Always Something another Cage the Elephant song.
I am looking forward to seeing what more trouble this charming and flirtatious devil will bring next week and how he will again behave out of character.
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