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Lucifer - Season 2, Episode 1: Everything's Coming Up Lucifer Review and *SPOILERS*
Same Old Song and Dance
Created By: Tom Kapinos
Directed By: Nathan Hope
Written By: Joe Henderson
Starring: Tom Ellis, Lauren German, D.B. Woodside, and more.
Air Date: September 19, 2016
*Non Spoilers and Score At The Bottom*
Lucifer has returned and I’m honestly not sure if that is a
good thing or a bad one. I know many people did not enjoy watching the first
season of Lucifer. That said, I found the show to be something of a mixed bag
myself. Sure, they took a character and made a typical cop procedural drama out
of it and that sucks but what they did with it has been somewhat nice. That
said, the big thing last season was the fact that Lucifer was becoming mortal
and could be killed. They managed to harp on this idea for most of the season
and it got old really quickly. When Lucifer is powerless, he is no longer the
epic and threatening being that we are all entertained to watch. Instead, he
becomes the overcompensating douche that we have to put up with. That said,
after last season when Lucifer was spared from death, I am hoping that
storyline would be put in the past or at least put on hold. Does this new
season bring new and exciting storylines and leave the old and stale ones
behind? Let’s find out.
The episode begins with a bank robbery that is broken up by
Lucifer and Amenadiel. Turns out that the bank robber was a man that was spared
from death and they believe that their mother had possessed him in her escape
from hell. That’s not the case and the two simply disarm and embarrass the
robber before going on their way. Lucifer then meets with his therapist Linda
Martin and we get the backstory of his mother. Turns out that she grew
unbearable when God was creating humanity and when Lucifer was sent to hell,
his mother did nothing to save him and in return he did nothing to save her
when his father imprisoned her there. Lucifer then meets up with Detective
Decker for the first time this season. They are investigating the murder of a
young actress. When they get to the crime scene, they find her with two bent
bars in her skull, representing devil horns. Lucifer immediately believes this
to be the work of his mother, trying to get his attention.
This is where we first meet Ella. She a new member of the
Lucifer cast and works as a CSI for the department. She wears a cross around her
neck with obviously catches the attention of Lucifer. When they meet, she
mistakes his persona as if he was simply a method actor. Of course, no one on
the show really believes that Lucifer is the devil. Dan arrives on the scene
despite the fact that he was arrested at the end of last season. Turns out that
he was acquitted of the charges against him but in the process, he was demoted.
Lucifer and Chloe talk to the victim’s landlord and learn that she was a mother
figure in her life. While searching the apartment, they find a stack of cash and
the landlord tells them about the drug problem that the lead actress was
having. Perhaps the victim was blackmailing her because of it. Chloe is still a
little confused about Lucifer due to the fact that she saw him lying in a pile
of his own blood and yet he is completely fine. She has a sample of his blood
and plans on testing it to find out what he really is. Lucifer tells Amenadiel
about this and Amenadiel begins moving to try and stop Chloe.
Back in the case, Chloe gets a bit more information on the
lead actress but Lucifer is a little ahead of her. He visits the lead actress
in her trailer, and confronts her. He believes that she is possessed by his
mother and confronts her about her façade. The lead actress, however, is not
possessed and misinterprets Lucifer’s words to mean that he understands who she
really is. She strips a bit and mounts Lucifer, much to his horror (again, he
believes that his mother is in this girl’s body). This is when Chloe enters to
see the scene in front of her. The scene ends and when we return from commercial
things seem to be figured out. They find out that the victim was the lead
actress’ sober companion.
Meanwhile, Amenadiel tries to use his power to stop time in
order to reclaim Lucifer’s blood. However, when he tries his power suddenly fades
and he is confronted. He makes some kind of remark about being lost and leaves.
Lucifer meets with Linda once again and she questions whether he is truly
getting better due to their sessions. He seems to have regressed and willing to
blame everyone else for his misfortunes. Amenadiel tries something different to
throw Chloe off of Lucifer’s trail by meeting with her. He tells her that
Lucifer is simply delusional and that he has been that way for a while. He even
sets up an elaborate plan in which he shoots himself in the chest to throw her
off. He was wearing a bulletproof vest and some blood packets. He claims that
Lucifer has done the same before. Amenadiel seems confident but later we find
out that Chloe doesn’t believe him at all.
Lucifer and Chloe look into the drug dealer that was selling
to the victim and find him at a Narcotics Anonymous meeting. The drug dealer
confesses that he sold to the victim but never would hurt her. She was paying
him nicely, thus he had no motive. He admits that he seemingly “stole” the
customer from another seller and that seller may be the one behind the attack.
Later, Lucifer is attacked at his club but the attacker is quickly dealt with
by Mazikeen or Maze. The attacker is the boyfriend of the lead actress that
Lucifer met with earlier. He clearly saw what she and Lucifer were doing in the
trailer and planned to attack Lucifer out of a jealous rage. Lucifer and Maze
discuss his mother breaking out of hell. He even suspects Maze at first but she
is able to calm his suspicions. The attacker tells Lucifer and Maze about the
original drug deal who went by the name of Bobby B.
Lucifer meets with Chloe to do some work on the case which
he clearly finds very meaningless until he quickly is able to discover the
identity of Bobby B. Turns out that it was the landlord that they met earlier.
Lucifer is clearly planning on taking matters into his own hands and doesn’t
tell Chloe about it. Maze and Amenadiel meet up again and despite Amenadiel
clearly wanting to continue, the two agree to not see each other for a while.
Chloe speaks with Ella about religion before figuring out the answer to her
case and she goes off to see the landlord. Lucifer confronts the landlord and
she attacks him. He believes that he is invincible but the attack hurts him. He’s
confused because he had only been vulnerable before when Chloe was around him. Turns
out that Chloe had arrived at the house in just the nick of time and thus, made
Lucifer vulnerable. Luckily for him, she is able to save him before the
landlord kills him.
The episode ends but not before the case is wrapped up and
Lucifer talks with some of the cast. He and Linda are able to bury the hatchet
and work as patient and doctor once again. Lucifer and Chloe are also about to
get back to normal. Chloe cares about Lucifer too much and doesn’t want to know
the results of his blood test because it could change things. She still doesn’t
believe Amenadiel but she ends up throwing away the blood sample belonging to
Lucifer. The final scene of the episode ends with Lucifer in his apartment and
the elevator door opens. Out walks his mother, bloodied and injured who falls
into her son’s arms.
Honestly, I do enjoy this series but this episode was
infuriating. Everything about the episode was about trying to get back to
normal. After the events of the season one finale, things were shaken up and
this episode undid most of it. Chloe and Lucifer are back to normal. Linda and
Lucifer are back to normal. Everything with Maze is back to normal. It’s a
waste of potential. There were several things about Lucifer’s mother and such
that gave us a nice introduction into a storyline that is clearly going to be
focused on and we met a new character in Ella who I am really enjoying so far
but ultimately nothing about this episode was that great. There were some funny
moments but even the ending felt kind of “meh”. We as an audience are still
dealing with Lucifer being vulnerable and it’s very frustrating. We spent an
entire season on it and it’s still going on. I understand that we don’t know
everything about it yet, but a season premiere should bring in a new audience.
No audience is going to see the ending of this episode and suddenly want to
watch the rest of this series.
Bits and Pieces
The first season finale of Lucifer attempted to shake things
up a little bit in the show and unfortunately, the second season premiere did
everything it could to undo all that work. Everything about this episode is by
the numbers and an overall disappointment. I know that this character has been
brought into a cop procedural show but there are plenty cop procedurals that
are better than this one. Lucifer is the one thing that makes this show
different and they aren’t focusing on his powers at all in this episode. You
really stumbled out the gate with this one.