So, we’ve got two episodes to cover, so let’s get right to it! Let’s start with the pilot episode. Lucifer is the Lord of Hell who grows bored with his life and the responsibilities thrust on him by God. So, he takes a “vacation” to Los Angeles. The show quite literally opens with Lucifer driving around at night in LA. When a police officer pulls him over, Lucifer shows off both his powers of sensing any person’s hidden desires and compelling them to speak the truth, and his nonchalance at telling people exactly who he is (though he is rarely believed). From there, we are introduced to several key points that will undoubtedly come back into play. Lucifer owns a nightclub, he’s shirking his responsibilities despite his brother, an angel by the name of Amenadiel, repeatedly visiting him in an attempt to get him to return; and he’s fascinated by humanity.
In his nightclub, Lucifer reconnects with a pop singer with whom he made a deal- her life would become successful, but she would waste her talent on drugs and partying. As they reconnect, and she vows to turn her life around, she is gunned down in the street, which shows us that Lucifer is, in fact, truly immortal. This series of events introduces us to the show’s co-lead, Detective Chloe Decker (who has the potential to be, in this writer’s opinion, the most interesting police detective on TV since Damian Lewis’ Detective Charlie Crews of NBC’s Life). Chloe is shown to have both an interesting past (she’s the daughter of a famous film star, as well as having starred in a movie herself), and has a large chip on her shoulder. You are also immediately introduced to Chloe’s ex-husband and fellow detective, Dan. Lucifer takes an immediate interest in Chloe, given her apparent ability to resist his power- and her past as a teen actress. In return, Chloe remains suspicious of Lucifer- and his claims that he is the devil- and has powers over people. The next scene introduces us to Chloe and Dan’s daughter, who takes a liking to Lucifer despite both parents’ suspicion and disdain.
The remainder of the episode resolves a rather formulaic plot. The two-separately, then together, chase down leads and uncover that the pop star’s former manager had her gunned down in order to cash in on a posthumous rise in her album sales. The final scenes end in a studio confrontation in which the manager pulls out a gun, engages in a shootout, and causes both himself and Chloe to be wounded. Lucifer, of course, takes multiple gunshots without a scratch and saves Chloe’s life in the process.
The second episode further explores Lucifer’s resistance to going home to Hell, as well as the “changes” that he’s undergoing due to his affection for Chloe. The plot of the episode takes a back seat here- A paparazzo with whom Chloe has a history covers for his young protege, who has been staging scandals including murders, car crashes and the like. The episode sees Lucifer find out more about Chloe’s past, as well as find out why Chloe is the way that she is. The episode also shows Chloe investigating Lucifer in between her cases because she is unable to accept his explanation of events. The episode ends with Lucifer kidnapping the protege and calling the older paparazzo in to have a little confessional confrontation. Due to planning by Lucifer, Amenadiel interrupts, allowing Lucifer to exact his justice and allow Chloe to arrest the protege.
Lucifer is an interesting watch, and I’m willing to give it time to develop, but it falls incredibly flat in a lot of places. Basic police procedure is generally ignored (Miranda Rights apparently don’t exist). The two episodes I’ve viewed seem to only have four or five locations to film in (Police Interrogation room, Lucifer’s bar Lux, LA’s side streets, random suspect’s home, and Chloe’s home). If you’ll notice earlier in this article, I mentioned that I felt that Chloe Decker had potential, and I think she does. She’s got a different backstory than the usual hard-boiled ex-military detective looking for a “civilian” life. I think having her be a former teen star- and a single mother could be insanely interesting. My biggest concern at this juncture is that the writing of the show seems to be very inconsistent. Lucifer has potential. I like the cast. I will certainly be watching it and reviewing it, but it has a lot of work to do to live up to the potential the marketing materials showed us.