“In the beginning. The angel Lucifer was cast out of Heaven and condemned to rule Hell for eternity. Until he decided to take a vacation…”
Lucifer has been on earth entertaining himself and causing mischief for a while, but since he met Chloe Decker, his fun has not been the same and he is getting more and more confused by it.
I have seen some lukewarm comments about this show, but I must say that I am enjoying it. It is not a show where we should look for deep meaning about life. We should not even be looking for evil as some religious groups have decided just because the show is named Lucifer. It is entertaining. There are funny moments. There are also the criminal moments with the subsequent investigations. And the show also has some interesting relationships that I’m guessing will develop more as the show continues.
This episode starts with a great moment where Lucifer shows us how he enjoys playing with people and causing problems. He finds a street preacher who is yelling about the devil being among us and decides to play with him. The preacher thinks Lucifer is trying to steal his limelight to take his money, and he confronts Lucifer. Lucifer finally decides to show his hideous red devil face. The charlatan runs off screaming. It’s a moment where we get to see the mocking way Lucifer makes his way through the world. There appears to be a theme in Lucifer’s mischief; he seems to choose to mess with people who actually deserve it. It does seem to be mischief and not evil that we are seeing from our devil. Is mischief enough? Will people want to see the devil cause bigger problems?
During this episode he has a few sessions with Dr. Linda. She believes he is using his description of himself as the devil as a metaphor. And she tells him he is hiding his insecurity with humor. He laughingly asks her what she thinks he is insecure about and she tells him that he is changing and he doesn’t know what or who is causing him to change. This observation does not seem to make him happy. Throughout their interactions, Dr. Linda continues to hilariously struggle to control her sexual need (it’s more than attraction) for Lucifer.
Lucifer is dealing with quite the existential dilemma – why is he doing good? Why did he save Chloe’s life? Why can’t he affect her? Why is she able to manipulate him?
Chloe really throws Lucifer off his game over and over again. At one point while they are in the nightclub, she sits down next to him and begins flirting with him, and he looks really happy that she is finally succumbing to his charms. Her attitude changes very suddenly which confuses Lucifer quite a bit. She looks at him calmly and tells him she was looking to see if he wears a bulletproof vest. It’s funny how disappointed he is.
This episode is about the paparazzi in Los Angeles and how they manipulate situations to their own goals. This time it has killed Robbie, the son of a famous actor. It hits close to home for Chloe since she is the daughter of a famous actress and was in the business for a short time. The paparazzo that caused her many problems when she was younger seems to be at the center of this situation. Lucifer is intrigued by Chloe’s interest and decides to insert himself into her investigation once again. This time he is trying to learn more about her so that he can understand why she is immune to his charms. He seems to want to help her at the same time he is also messing with her and seems to be sabotaging some of the evidence. Throughout the episode Lucifer is trying very hard to get into his devilish persona but seems to be struggling with it. After some investigation they realize that Nick (the paparazzo) is not guilty of causing Robbie’s death and that he is covering for someone else. Lucifer once again decides to tag along with Chloe while she searches for the truth.
Amenadiel makes another visit to his brother “Lucy” to tell him that he will talk to their “father” if he will go back to Hell. Lucifer just laughs at him. Amenadiel is amazed that Lucifer cannot see how his time on earth is changing him. He tells Lucifer that he saved a human life because he cares. He points out to him that he is not controlling the change this time, that he has no control over it, and that it should scare him. A moment of insecurity seems to cross Lucifer’s face but it disappears very quickly.
Chloe’s daughter Trixie makes another delightful appearance in this episode. I hope we get to see more of her, or at least as much of her – she is an adorable character played by a very talented Scarlett Estevez. Whenever she sees Lucifer she runs up to him and hugs his legs yelling “Lucifer!” and his reactions to her are fantastic. He acts as though children are strange foreign creatures and is always shocked and somewhat disgusted when she is near him. He picks up a doll he sees nearby and tosses it then tells her to fetch, and when she doesn’t move, he looks at Chloe asking her if fetch is too advanced for her. Trixie just thinks he’s hilarious. We later enjoy another great moment with Trixie when they talk about Chloe’s short acting career and her terrible movie (Hot Tub High School). Trixie looks at her mother and tells her she’s seen it, she has internet. She thinks the movie is hilarious.
While Lucifer is at Chloe’s house, he tries to learn more about her, and clearly hopes to find something salacious. He then finds Nick at the police station and asks him more questions. He doesn’t much like what he learns. He’s disappointed to find out that there is nothing indecent in her past. He also finds out that Nick is protecting someone. They discover that Nick has a protégé named Josh who has been setting up photo ops where he can catch celebrities in compromising positions and has been killing people in the process.
Maze has been harassing Lucifer throughout the episode about how he is losing his edge. To convince her he is still his same devilish self he agrees to deal with Nick and Josh in his own way. They bring the two of them together setting them up to confront each other with guns. The gun Josh gets is not loaded, and when he tries to shoot Nick he shows his true self. Nick is upset and decides to go ahead and shoot Josh.
Lucifer brings his hands up into prayer position and calls Amenadiel. When he shows up, time slows as usual, stopping the bullet. Lucifer plucks the bullet out of the air, and then tells his brother that he called him to use his slowing time to his own advantage. He also tells Amenadiel that he is right that Lucifer is changing and that he has no control except he finds it “positively thrilling” and not scary.
During Lucifer’s final “session” (in bed) with Dr. Linda this episode, he tells her that he finds not knowing what’s going to come is exhilarating. It is a “who” that is causing these changes but he doesn’t know what to do with her.
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