Lucifer Season Two Episode One ‘Everything’s Coming Up Lucifer’ [Spoilers]

Lucifer Season Two Episode One ‘Everything’s Coming Up Lucifer’ [Spoilers]

Lucifer Season Two Episode One ‘Everything’s Coming Up Lucifer’ [Spoilers]

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Spoilers for Lucifer season one and the first episode of season two
It seems like every day a new television show or movie is hitting the airways that is based on a comic book. For the nerds of the world that means we’re entering a new golden age so the things that used to get us beaten up in grade school are now cool. There are so many shows fighting for our attention that it is only logical that a few are going to fall through the cracks. While it did great ratings wise in the early part of 2016, it felt like Lucifer was one of those programs.

Lucifer is loosely based on the Vertigo comic of the same name by Neil Gaiman, and it follows the adventures of Lucifer Morningstar (Tom Ellis) as he takes up residence in Los Angeles after quitting being the King of Hell. There is quite a bit to unpack there and the strength of season one came from how the show plays with religious mythology such as: Mazikeen (Lesley Ann Brandt) is a demonic servant of Lucifer’s that follows him out of hell; Amenadiel (D.B. Woodside) a fellow angel who is tasked with running hell now that the devil is gone; and the concept of what it means to be good and evil. The weakness of the show comes with the framing device as Lucifer teams up with Chloe (Lauren German), an LA police detective, to help her solve crimes. The crimes themselves aren’t very interesting but the interaction between the various cast members are what kept me watching Lucifer through its initial thirteen episode run.

lucifer201Season one ended on a great cliffhanger as Lucifer declares that his mother has escaped hell and is running loose on Earth. The idea that the family dynamics of God and his angels is much more literal than we think is interesting, and it is going to be a key part of the story moving forward. While we only get a brief introduction of her in the first episode of season two, Charlotte (Tricia Helfer) looks to be an interesting version of the mother of angels. Her motives are currently left unexplored but Lucifer believes she is here to kill him since he was keen to lock her up in hell when she fell from Heaven.

That is a step forward as far as mythology goes, but the characters took a step back. One of the main points of contention in season one was that Chloe did not believe that Lucifer was telling the truth when he said he was the devil. This coupled with the unfortunate side effect of his healing and most of his powers going away in her presence made the argument a persistent one that stretched over the entirety of season one. Chloe witnessed Lucifer getting shot and then coming back in the finale of season one so I hoped that we could move beyond this dynamic.

This doesn’t appear to be the case since Chloe is much more likely to believe a random mix of weird explanations over the truth, despite how much supernatural stuff she continues to witness. In the first episode Amenadiel is worried about Chloe being in possession of Lucifer’s blood, and actual physical evidence of Heaven is not something humans can have. He tries to steal it but it appears his own angelic powers are fading so he goes to his secondary plan. Amenadiel’s plan is to ‘prove’ to Chloe that Lucifer’s entire persona is an act by having her shoot him and have it just be blood packs. Chloe believes this explanation which is a cop-out at best and irritating at worst. I just hope that ‘Chloe doesn’t believe’ isn’t stretched for the entirety of season two.

The final part of the episode that kind of made me scratch by head is the subplot involving Chloe’s ex, Dan (Kevin Alejandro). In the first season we find out that he is guilty of being a dirty cop and is the reason Lucifer gets shot. However, it seems none of that is really relevant to anyone on the LA police force since all he got was a slap on wrist and is on probation. Perhaps Lucifer is a more realistic portrayal of the police than I thought.

Lucifer season one was a show that I enjoyed way more than I thought I would, but as someone who is a complete sucker for interesting character dynamics this one had plenty. The chemistry between Lucifer and Chloe is one that I enjoyed even if I normally hate the ‘will they or won’t they’ storyline. In here their friendship feels real by the end and I hope that it is something the show will continue to explore instead of relying entirely on the ‘case of the week’ method of storytelling.

Lucifer airs Mondays at 9PM eastern / 8PM central on FOX.

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