REVIEW: Lucifer (S01E01) – The Devil Goes Hollywood

Stars: Tom Ellis, Lauren German, Lesley-Ann Brandt
Lucifer airs on FOX Mondays at 9PM EST/ 8PM CST

We’ve all had jobs that we have hated. The boss is a jerk, the hours are long, and it feels like being trapped in Hell. So what if you were the devil? God is your boss, the job never ends and you are truly trapped in Hell. No breaks, no sick days, no time off; just 24/7/365 of never-ending Hell-fire and torture. Wouldn’t you quit if you could?


That’s where the latest show on FOX starts. Based upon the characters created by Neil Gaiman, Sam Kieth and Mike Dringenberg for DC Entertainment’s Vertigo imprint, Lucifer is the story of the original fallen angel. The devil has quit his post in Hades and moved on up to the topside. Hello! bright lights;big city of Los Angeles! Now living among us mere mortals under the name of Lucifer Morningstar, the biggest of the bad is a club owner, a ladies man, and thoroughly enjoying his time away from his old life. That is until his own sins find him. It’s after the death of a long time friend and former club singer Lucifer joins L.A. detective Chloe Dancer in tracking down who is responsible and making sure the guilty receive their punishment. Punishment just happens to be Lucifer’s specialty. That is also the reason that God wants Lucy back in his old position and sends fellow angel Amenadiel to remind the prince of darkness of his true purpose. These two have a history of not seeing eye to eye. In fact they hate each other.


The real story here is Tom Ellis, who plays the lead character of Lucifer. Never has smarmy and down right charming been blended together so well. This Brit is so damn alluring that you almost
wish you were riding shotgun right there with him on the highway to Hell. He hands in a performance that will carry this show into multiple seasons. It doesn’t hurt that he seems to have chemistry with just about anyone that shares the screen with him, which plays well when he is acting along side his co-star Lauren German.

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German plays L.A. Detective Chloe Dancer, a single mom, who has to deal with her dickish ex-husband who works in the same department. She is also living down her former acting career, which
consisted of movies that included words like “Bikini” and “Car Wash” in the titles. She is also unique in that Lucifer’s ability to get folks to confess their inner most desires doesn’t seem to
work on her.

The show is a special blend of genres with elements of sci-fi, detective stories, sprinkled with religious overtones. It’s only during the stand offs with Amenadiel (played by D.B. Woodside) that you’re reminded that “Oh yeah! This guy is the devil.” It’s easy to forget that Ellis is the ultimate bad guy and not a super powered hero/mutant/vampire/etc. Therein lies the true magic of
the series. As long as the producers of the show do not get bogged down in the religious subject matter this show could take have a long shelf life. I’m very interested in seeing where the
series goes next. So far Lucifer has me under his spell.


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