Family dysfunction has become overwhelming on earth for Lucifer and his celestial family.
We met a new brother a few weeks ago named Uriel, Lucifer and Amenadiel were upset, surprised, and worried when they found out he was on earth.
You may recall that Lucifer made a deal with “Dad”. In order to save Chloe’s life he would send “Mom” back to hell. Lucifer decided that forcing his mother to stay on earth and deal with all the human day to day details would be more hellish than hell for her, thus a much worse punishment. While she is here on earth it seems that her goal is to reconnect with her sons. After millennia being nasty and scary to the point that Lucifer and Amenadiel were very afraid when they found out she had escaped hell, I find it suspicious that she seems to suddenly want to repair her relationships with her sons.
Each son has his share of issues, individually, with each other, and with their parents.
Lucifer continues with his feelings of abandonment and rejection. His job in hell and his ability to find out what people’s deepest desires are, have developed his personality into what we see now. Lucifer seems to have compensated for his insecurities with excessive charm. He is devious and thinks there is always a way to manipulate a situation and the people around him to get his way.
Poor Amenadiel seems to be suffering the most from Lucifer’s decisions. As the oldest brother, the younger brothers have always looked up to him. They think of him as a man of action and power hungry. Amenadiel was the one that God called when he wanted something done. He would “bring the fury and righteousness of their father”. This certainly was the impression he gave during the first season. Amenadiel is in bad shape right now. His powers have slowly diminished and his wings appear to be molting. He is very pitiful.
The new brother is Uriel, and he began wreaking havoc right away. His goal and reason for appearing on earth was to get Lucifer to honor his deal with their father. He needs to send their mother back or he will make sure to engineer Chloe’s death. Uriel’s personality problems stem from having been small, given no respect, and being bullied by his older brothers. They thought of him as always afraid, pathetic, and lost in the crowd. He appears to have been working on himself and is stronger and very manipulative. He is going to prove himself to his father and is willing to do anything.
Lucifer thinks that Amenadiel will come to the rescue and make Uriel go back to heaven. Unfortunately Amenadiel has been keeping his issues a secret. Amenadiel tries to fake it with lots of attitude but Uriel doesn’t fall for it and beats him up. When Lucifer sees him, he asks why he’s lost his powers. He has a list. He released a damned soul from hell, he slept with a demon, and he’s working with Lucifer – pick a sin! His insecurities are at the forefront during this exchange. Amenadiel feels he is no longer worthy and says he has fallen and that his situation is worse than Lucifer’s because he no longer has his powers.
In the meantime, they are all struggling to understand “what dad wants”. Lucifer calls him a selfish bastard who won’t ever tell them what he’s thinking. Amenadiel thought he knew when he first came to earth, but now he’s just as confused and discouraged as Lucifer is. Uriel is very egotistical and seems to think he knows what dad is thinking. But, as Lucifer said during a frustrated rant, “human wars have been waged over what people think God wants.” It must be very hard to have a father who refuses to communicate. No wonder his sons have so many issues.
We learn that Uriel has Azrael’s blade which he borrowed from the angel of death. This blade will wipe any of them out of existence. Uriel is planning to use it on their mother. When he and Lucifer have a confrontation about it, Uriel gives Lucifer an ultimatum to hand mom over or he will be sure to set the steps in motion that will kill Chloe. Uriel’s fighting skills have improved so much that he gets the best of Lucifer. Maze shows up and Uriel beats her too. After some dramatic fighting where it looks as though Lucifer and Maze will be bested by Uriel, Lucifer manages to get the blade and kills Uriel. He is horrified by what he’s done. He killed one of his brothers. When he sees his mother, she holds him as though he’s a child while he cries on her shoulder. Once again, I find her maternal behavior to be suspicious.
Amenadiel and Lucifer react to Uriel’s death with difficulty.
Lucifer wants to be punished for what he’s done. He begins to drink in excess, his supernatural metabolism makes it very hard to get drunk and stay drunk. It’s surprising to see him messy and disheveled. His guilt overwhelms him and he becomes angry because guilt is such a useless emotion. He feels that he is a monster and acts out doing what he can to avoid facing his feelings and emotions.
Amenadiel feels that it’s his fault that Uriel is dead because he didn’t have his powers. He always took responsibility for Uriel so that he wouldn’t get into trouble. He looked out for his little brother. Amenadiel is also very upset that father let it happen and he is done trying to please him. It looks like we will be seeing a different side to Amenadiel in future episodes.
I’m left wondering about a few things; are there more siblings, will Amenadiel get his powers back, what will their father do next to get mother back to hell, and when will we learn what mother’s ulterior motive is?
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