The Devil may be smokin' hot, but Lucifer leaves a lot to be desired.
I had high hopes for this new series, not because I was familiar with the Neil Gaiman Sandman comic book series on which it is based (I'm not), but because I'm a big fan of the supernatural genre.
I really wanted to like Lucifer Season 1 Episode 1, I really did. I even watched the advance screener twice just in case I was having a bad viewing day the first time around. Unfortunately, the second time was just as much a letdown as the first.
In three words: Boring as Hell.
So Lucifer decides he's had enough of ruling Hell and comes to L.A. to open a nightclub, called Lux. He's brought along a demon in the form of the beautiful Maze who acts as his bartender. He apparently has been partaking in all sorts of debauchery since his retirement, as well as making deals with humans.
What else would you expect from the Devil?
Well, this Devil is different.
There is no doubt that Lucifer is charming and irresistible, and Tom Ellis does a great job trying to infuse humor into his take on the Prince of Darkness. But after a while, his smile, his constant reminders about his immortality, references to us humans, and even his gazing into people's eyes so they reveal their deepest secrets and desires, became annoyingly grating.
Plus, all they did was talk. All talking and no action makes for one boring hour of television.
Besides that, I had a hard time buying into how easily Lucifer was able to team up with Detective Chloe Dancer to help solve the murder of Delilah, the singer he helped become a superstar.
Yes, it seems the former King of Hell has decided to add some different spice to his new life by becoming a sort of consultant to an ostracized cop who once starred in a soft porn film.
The big question is why is he so obsessed with Delilah and finding this woman's murderer?
Chloe asks him at one point, but the answer wasn't very satisfying: he feels responsible because he interfered with her career. Well, wasn't she the one who made the deal with the Devil in the first place? And would she really have had a career if she didn't make a deal?
But it also doesn't explain why he was so compassionate with Delilah before she was brutally gunned down. When she visits him asking about what he wants in return for the deal they made, all he wants is for her to pull herself together and stop the cycle of self destruction.
Wow. He's really changed, hasn't he?
I get that humans are rubbing off on him, like Maze tells him later, but it still doesn't explain what was so special about this girl. Maybe I'm just being impatient, and it's something that will reveal itself over the course of the series, but it's still bothersome.
Also bothersome is Chloe. There is so much wrong with her.
For one, if she's so resistant to Lucifer's charms, why is she so quick to let him be part of the investigation? She certainly isn't acting like a cop.
What cop lets a guy, who doesn't even get a graze from a shower of bullets in a drive-by shooting, tag along in her investigation? She even brings that up during her questioning, saying he should be a suspect because he was uninjured. Yet, there he is right alongside her every step of the way.
She even takes him to her daughter's school when she has to go there to pick up the girl (Beatrice) because she got into a fight with a bully. (Lucifer's comments to the "mean girl" and his flashing her his red eyes were lame, btw.)
All this after she arrests him at Delilah's boyfriend's house, a rapper by the name of Too Vile, because he threatened to kill the boyfriend. It made no sense. There was a house full of guys with guns, and all Too Vile says is that Lucifer tried to kill him, and she pulls out the handcuffs and arrests Lucifer, completely ignoring everything else.
Instead, let's just have an extra long conversation by the car while Lucifer tries to work his charms on her and fails.
I'm all for suspension of disbelief, but this is ridiculous. I'm not buying into the connection trying to be established here.
Too fast, too easy, too unbelievable.
There is a substory to this mess which is somewhat intriguing, though. The angel Amenadiel has been sent by God to convince Lucifer to return to Hell. Apparently the balance between good and evil is being disrupted, and it could be dangerous.
Although we only get to see Amenadiel twice, it's quickly determined that there is no love lost between these two, and the interaction between them is great. Sure, it's a little cliched, but it's still a lot more interesting than a cop who has no clue.
My only complaint is that I wish someone other than D.B. Woodside would play this angel, because every time he's on screen, I only see Wayne Palmer from "24." It's horrible I know, but I really can't help it.
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