The path to hell is paved with good intentions.
Reese Getty learned that first hand during Lucifer Season 3 Episode 7, and even his surprising connection to Linda couldn't save him.
Lucifer has stepped up its game recently, and inside every goofy story wrapped with inappropriate comments comes a lesson for someone, in most cases Lucifer. He's growing into an interesting man, one his brother Amenadiel won't have to watch over much longer.
It's very easy to fall down the rabbit hole of obsession when it comes to your ex and your desire to win them back. Reese Getty was already a full-fledged stalker when he first spotted Lucifer leaving Linda's place.
He didn't know Lucifer from the devil at the time, so the unwitting guy was only going to get strung up and flambeed using his poor man's tricks against the devil in the flesh.
While in his darkest days, a normal man cannot compete against Lucifer. Interestingly, Reese stuck it out for an entire year.
He was investigating Lucifer from the almost the moment the people we've come to love met Lucifer through their incredible trials with the man to the relationships they've now forged.
While I didn't get a good look at the white boards across Reese's room, it's stunning he didn't break sometime around the moment Linda, the love of his life, was in the hospital and Amenadiel was slowing down time to save her life.
There were so many times when things were more than your general whackadoodle and Reese, given that he had already seen Lucifer as the devil, should have lost his mind.
So there was a bit of the story that didn't quite make sense, but the point of it was still spot on.
For all the foibles surrounding Lucifer, and God knows he's a mess, Lucifer is the most genuine person anyone knows. He's like a child in his honesty.
Dan: Our victim's name is Poppy Parker. She owns an organic cosmetics line, sort of a local celebrity for all natural skin care.
Chloe: And, uh, what are all these?
Lucifer: These are boobs! Yes! I'd know them anywhere.
Chloe: Please. Don't. Juggle. The evidence, Lucifer. But, it's OK if he does because they've already been processed.
Lucifer: They're called fun bags for a reason!
Everyone knows that's wholly inappropriate, but the delightfully gleeful way Lucifer says it isn't even offensive. Life delights Lucifer, whether it's playing with funbags or discovering cotton candy for the first time. It's all the same to him.
I can't even remember now. Did we know Linda had an ex? What did we know about him? He's awfully dramatic. It's a shame he was so willing to put the blame for the end of their marriage on everyone else but himself.
That's normal in the course of a dying relationship. There is usually one party who wants to keep it alive more than the other. And when faced with the devil, it would be a hard sell to keep someone from trying even harder.
Linda: It is none of your business who I sleep with.
Reese: It is if it's the devil himself!
To be fair to Reese, he saw more of Lucifer's face than anybody else we've witnessed so far. It was bound to drive him mad.
Lucifer had no idea he was being seen and took a moment to preen as the devil and himself in front of that mirror. Everyone else has seen merely a flash of his devil face and been damn near inconsolable. Even that bad guys who got a peek were driven crazy.
Reese was looking into his face without explanation for what seemed like an eternity.
For some, the realization that there is a devil might force them to stand straight and fly right. Wouldn't you want to cleanse yourself, knowing the option of heaven or hell was a reality?
Instead of choosing the right path, Reese saw it as an opportunity to out Lucifer for the fraud he is and get the serial killer on the loose to kill him. But even a serial killer knows if you want someone dead and you're being honest about it, you'd do it yourself.
Reese's hope that "the devil made me do it" was why he had gone to such lengths to stop him were wrong, much to his surprise. Lucifer shared a secret he's never shared with any other human.
Not only does he have no part in who goes to hell, humans drive themselves there due to their overwhelming guilt and play out their worst moment over and over and over for eternity. The real kicker? The doors aren't locked. They can forgive themselves and leave at any time.
Lucifer thinks it really says something about the human psyche that no one ever does.
What I found most interesting about this is how similar Lucifer's hell lines up with the hell on Preacher. Way to keep it in the family, comic world. Do Preacher and Lucifer run in similar circles? Do tell!
How many times will Reese's guilt force him to live the same tale again? He's never woken up in that hospital bed. How much of what we even saw happened? He died, that's for sure.
His lies, though, lost out over Lucifer's brutal honesty and the kindness he shows to the people he loves. Respecting someone enough treat them with integrity earns you the highest of accolades in life.
And the only reason Lucifer doesn't tell the truth to some people is because of the otherwise inhuman nature of the secrets he has to share.
If you watch Lucifer online, you know he'd prefer to share his secrets with those he loves, but in some cases, the blowback could be too much. Even the devil has fear of rejection, the desire to be loved and the need to protect those he loves. In some cases, his secret serves many purposes.
What did you think about "Off the Record"? Were you surprised Reese was Linda's ex? Are you enjoying the deeper issues explored on Lucifer of late? I'll be your host going forward, to hit the comments and tell me what you think!!
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