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There are spoilers in this review. Duh.

Surprise! I’m watching and reviewing yet another comic book turned TV show. I know, I know, this is a shock. And guess what? I’ve read the comic so I know all about it. This is so rare for me. Lucifer first showed up in my favorite comic series of all time, Sandman. If you haven’t read Sandman you have to do so immediately so I can cry at you about it for an hour. In the comic, Lucifer decides to leave Hell because he was tired of ruling it and decided to go to Earth. There are a few key pieces about Lucifer in his own series, which ran for 75 issues: he has no real sense of restraint, since he’s used to doing anything he wanted whenever he wanted, and he’s obsessed with the idea of free will. This isn’t shocking considering the Biblical story of Lucifer, but he often likes to push the “tyranny of predestination” and rebel against the concept. They stick by the idea that as the rebellious son of God, he never changed his opinion that God was a tyrant and he did the right thing by starting a revolution. As the comic goes on, eventually Lucifer decides to create his own universe, and I’m not going to explain much more than that. I don’t know if the show ever plans on going the same direction.

It is early to tell what they plan on doing with this show, but if it continues to be this kitschy little procedural, I’m going to get annoyed fast. Listen, Lucifer was a comic that didn’t play safe. It had more freedom than mainstream, and it was rich with unique and fascinating storylines and supernatural characters. I get that for TV, this is risky, especially for Fox. They’re doing a TV show about the Devil where he’s a likable morally gray character. That’s gusty for them. It’s not that I don’t find appeal in what they’re doing so far, or trying, but I just hope it is allowed to breathe more life into the story than paint-by-the-numbers crime procedural. So basically the set up for the show is that Lucifer (Tom Ellis) left Hell to wallow on Earth. He opened his own nightclub named Lux which is partly run by his long-time friend Mazikeen (Lesley-Ann Brandt), a descendent of Lilith and creature of Hell. Lucifer is thrown off when one of his few human friends is shockingly killed, and he’s determined to find out why, pushing himself into the investigation of Detective Chloe Decker (Lauren German). She seems immune to his powers which bugs him.

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Lucifer is visited by angel Amenadiel who wants him to go back to Hell and rule things like he’s supposed to. Amenadiel will be a regular antagonist in this show I think, and he was in the comics, so I don’t want to say too much. It’s funny that the antagonist in this show is an angel who wants Lucifer to do his job, and we’re supposed to root for Lucifer. Anyway the first case is fairly basic, just for us to get a sense of how Lucifer will be able to help the police, and that he’s capable of caring enough about a human to put himself into an investigation to help her. So he has some feelings, he’s just sort of adjusting to these feelings. It’s not that Lucifer lacks emotion, because he sure had a lot of anger and resentment toward god and the angels, but he is generally apathetic toward humanity for the obvious reason that he’s immortal and more powerful. He only shows a few tricks in this pilot like forcing people to tell the truth and confess their greatest desires. He does have more powers than persuasion, but for now that’s what they are relying on the most.

I do like Chloe a great deal so far. Lauren German is one of those actors who goes under the radar a little, but I liked her in Chicago Fire. She’s going to play the straight man to his wackiness, as per usual, which is so typical of TV right now. Or you know, in general. Handsome man snarks and messes things up and serious reasonable woman cleans it up. It’s a pretty popular trope, especially with procedurals. Chloe is a single mom who has a past as a celeb daughter and she did a nude film at some point. She’s also resented by the LAPD for questioning a cop decision at some point. Her only active ally is her ex-husband Dan (Kevin Alejandro) who is another detective. So that’s about it for the show. Oh! And Lucifer is going to therapy with this woman who he seduced, but who is now apparently going to listen to him talk about his newfound feelings and what that means for himself. I’m looking forward to that honestly.

It’s a cute show, but I don’t really want cute? I feel like this is something that would have been better suited to Netflix or HBO or Showtime. Not unlike Constantine, it has the potential to get into very deep stories, and I don’t think it will because they want to do a crime procedural starring the devil. I guess we’ll see how it goes! I’m in for now.

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