Lucifer (Seasons 1 – 3)

*This post contains some serious spoilers* 

‘Lucifer’ was an incredible show which surprisingly had everything in it: light hearted humour scattered amongst the more darker moments, an impressive ensemble of characters (who each had their own colourful personalities) and of course, an immersive plot that never failed to be thought provoking in the least.

The ensemble of characters in ‘Lucifer’ was outstanding. Each character had been brilliantly portrayed and underwent their own development as the episodes progressed (adding to their depth), which was incredibly done. Their relationships, be it parental, romantic or friendships were complex and constantly evolving.

Despite all the characters having their own personal development journeys, Maze’s one was the most fascinating. Her ‘transformation’ from a demon who relished in torture of humans (and celestial ‘beings’) to one that started to make connections with the very humans she seemed to despise and mock. Her relationship with Trixie was simply heartwarming and pure.

It was also beyond fascinating to get an in-depth insight in to Lucifer’s character. Throughout, he had been depicted as being misunderstood and given (unfairly) an extremely bad reputation. It was refreshing to see how his character deviated from the stereotypical depiction of the Devil. Despite this, like any other character, Lucifer was still shown to have flaws (perhaps being a little egoistical the biggest one?), and full of emotion which ironically made him very much human and at times vulnerable. No doubt about it, it was impossible not to love Lucifer (even when he was being frustrating to say the least).

All the other characters’ personal development were brilliantly shown. The changes were subtle but powerful. It was especially fascinating when characters were questioning themselves and their actions – especially Amenadiel and his personal journey of his God given purpose and self realisation. In some ways, his was the one filled with most doubt and confusion.

Another aspect of the show relating to characters that was intriguing was the introduction and interpretation of other characters pertaining to the Bible. Some of these characters would dip in and out (e.g. Azrael), whereas others would have more of a permanent role (e.g. Cain). Each angel is also seen to have a unique power that was only theirs to wield.

Seeing as I’ve rambled quite a bit about the celestial beings, it would be rather amiss not to even mention the human characters. Dr Linda, in my most humble opinion, was one of the most insightful characters, who was the glue that held the characters together, so to speak.

Amongst the darker moments of the show, Ella’s character was a like a ball of sunshine, bouncing along, which gave the show that bit of light heartedness.

Lucifer‘ as a whole was thought provoking. Throughout there appeared to be an undercurrent of the question whether God did manipulate Lucifer and interfere in certain aspects of Lucifer’s life – i.e putting Chloe in his path, returning his wings etc.

Ironic thing is, as Lucifer goes round telling humans that he isn’t to blame for their sins – they make their own choices, the very same concept applies to him, which he doesn’t quite see himself. Most of the time, God isn’t ‘to blame’ – it’s Lucifer’s own choices that lead him to where he is. Angels do self actualise in a way as seen with the return of Lucifer’s (and Amenadiel’s) wings – they came back only when Lucifer (and Amenadiel) truly believed they deserved them.

As for putting Chloe in Lucifer’s path, it was shown that even if God had not nudged that to happen (presumably by not killing Chloe’s dad), Chloe and Lucifer would have still crossed paths one way or another. In so showing this, this may suggest that rather than directly manipulating events, God only perhaps speeds the inevitable along?

Moreover, the concept of Hell had also been mentioned. Put very simplistically, Hell is normally interpreted as a place for sinners where they are subsequently punished. However ‘Lucifer‘ takes a slightly different view – ‘sinners’ who feel a certain degree of remorse or guilt are the ones sent to Hell where their punishment is simply to be stuck in a loop of them acting out the sin they feel guilty about and experiences those feelings repeatedly. Yet this begs the (unexplored) question of what happens to those who just don’t feel guilt or remorse, either because they are incapable of doing so or because they feel justified in their actions? Hopefully the next season will shed more light on to the concept of hell.

In a nutshell ‘Lucifer‘ is a devilishly incredible show. It deviated from the typical interpretations and beliefs about God, Hell and the Devil himself, which was refreshing. This was one hell of a series.

Laters Alligator,

Saz