There is a lot happening in this second to last episode of season one. Lucifer is such a misunderstood angel. During this episode he really struggles with how tired he is of being blamed for every bad thing humanity does. He is also trying to understand why Chloe makes him vulnerable. Malcolm continues to cause problems, and has decided that he is #TeamLucifer. Lastly, Amenadiel is still having problems trying to get Lucifer back to hell, among other issues.
Chloe has not been able to reach Lucifer for weeks. He’s been avoiding her after he realized that he is mortal only when he is around her. She goes to his penthouse to have him help her with the latest murder, when she sees him she asks him where he’s been. His answer is a classic Lucifer Morningstar line. “I have a business to run, I can’t always play good cop/handsome devil cop.” Throughout the entire episode he is doing everything he can to keep his distance from her. He really seems to be afraid of what might happen to him when he’s with her. I missed their usual closeness during this episode.
The murder being investigated this week is connected with a group that worships Satan. A girl named Rose, is found dead on a stage in the middle of a pentagram with “Hail Lucifer” carved into her back.
Lucifer is appalled that he is being associated with senseless murders. Malcolm and Dan are also at the scene. Dan is trying to get Chloe’s attention, and Malcolm is behaving as though he thinks that he and Lucifer are pals. Lucifer is not having it, he clearly wants nothing to do with the creepy weirdo.
Lucifer and Chloe go to Rose’s apartment and find a secret door hidden behind a bookshelf. It’s a cool touch. It opens up to some stairs that seem to go up to a hidden attic room full of satanic paraphanelia, including a book called “The Book of the Dark Prince”.
This leads them to the satanic mansion where they see a memorial service to Rose, and speak with the leader.
Lucifer has a lot of problems with Satan worshippers. These are a few of his issues: being compared to a goat, worship is his father’s thing, they are preaching rebellion, there is no real defiance if they are following like misguided sheep. His disgust is very clear.
While they wait for the high priest to bring them some information about the suspect, they look around and find themselves in front of some paintings that depict the devil, Lucifer asks Chloe why anyone would want to be vilified. They are looking at a picture of an angel killing Satan and this makes Lucifer wonder if maybe Chloe is an angel too and feels her back for wings. His need to find out if she has wings leads him into a few funny situations.
All four investigators are called to a warehouse where the suspect might be. I thought it was interesting that Malcolm, Dan, Lucifer, and Chloe seem to be together much more during this episode. At the warehouse they find the suspect as been stabbed and strung up, it’s a gruesome scene. Lucifer is upset and says that it’s been a long time since he has encountered genuine evil. A bunch of crates are found in the warehouse with red paint on them. When standing in a specific spot, the paint marks spell out MORNINGSTAR.
Lucifer begins to lose it and his frustration with being misunderstood grows. I really liked his comment at this point. “These kids were pretending to be bad, but they weren’t, they were innocent. So, I would not hurt them, I am not a monster!” Later he encounters the annoying street preacher who accosts him, once again Lucifer gets upset and yells at the guy saying “stop blaming me!” It felt like he was spiraling out of control. Being blamed whether directly or indirectly for all of humanity’s evil acts, is taking a toll on him. He does not like feeling as though he is responsible for the behavior that people seem to use “the devil” as an excuse for. Our devil on the show seems to be a good guy underneath it all and maybe that’s why he’s done with hell.
Malcolm has wheedled his way up to the penthouse with Lucifer. He is acting all chummy, missing all of Lucifer’s cues that he does not like him and definitely does not like being around him. It turns out that Malcolm is the murderer (and we find out he is framing the street preacher), his reason was to impress Lucifer. He compares himself to Lucifer. Lucifer’s frustration with his image comes to a head here. “We’re not the same. I’m not evil, I punish evil. The world thinks the devil is a torturer, maybe. An inflicter of just deserts, sure. But a senseless murderer, I am not!”
Throughout the episode Maze is dealing with her need to be loyal to Lucifer, while enjoying an active sexual relationship with Amenadiel. She tries to kill him in his sleep, so that Lucifer doesn’t have to deal with him anymore, but can’t seem to follow through with it. Amenadiel is a very angry angel this time. He is upset with Malcolm for not killing Lucifer, and refuses to give up on his task because his father asked him to do it. More daddy issues, these angels really want and need his approval. When Amenadiel catches Maze trying to kill him, he goes into a rage and shows up at the penthouse itching for a fight. And we get an epic fight scene.
This episode ends in a very disturbing cliffhanger. I have a feeling that Malcolm tipped off Chloe and the other cops so they would go to Lux where he left the street preacher’s bleeding body while Lucifer and Amenadiel fought. She gets there and begins talking with Lucifer when she spots the body. It ends with Lucifer in handcuffs being led out of the nightclub.
I’m worried that we will be left hanging and will need to wait until the new season to know what happens to Lucifer.
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