Lucifer: Chloe does Lucifer
Original air date: November 20th, 2017
I’m never disappointed with an episode of Lucifer; I am always in awe of the show’s ability to sneak in some wonderful life lessons into a funny and constantly entertaining format. This week’s episode was all about being true to one’s self, owning up to it (good and bad), and how we can always evolve and grow. Just because something has worked for you before, doesn’t mean it always will.
All the characters are constantly growing, much like real life people. The only constant in life is change. (Man have I been dying to throw some Heraclitus up in these reviews!) We are constantly learning and growing, but being true to yourself, is to owning it—not putting on pretense. Take Charlotte for example; she’s back and still fervent to change her ways. She tried shadowing Ella, hoping to ‘learn’ how to be good. She helped crack the case (sure she stole to do so, but it’s progress), and now she is switching careers—she is going to work for the District Attorney’s office. She is trying to be a better person and not hiding it.
Another character that has gone through a lot is Amenadiel. He’s like the middle child of the Lucifer family, and I feel I don’t talk about him all that much. The thing is, he has gone through quite a lot of the course of the show. The Mazikeen relationship, the death of Uriel, the death of his mom, and the loss of his wings. I can see how his faith in his Father faltered for a while—but now he is back with a renewed sense of purpose. He thinks Lucifer is his true test put upon him. After this episode I think he is partially right.
My theory is that his purpose is to help people along side Lucifer. Amenadiel and Lucifer each have their own unique skill set, and they balance each other out. Lucifer is good at showing people how to take life not so seriously, to shirk off responsibility, and to have fun. I think all of that is important for a balanced life. Amenadiel grounds people. He’s so good at rolling with the punches—people can lash out at him, take out their aggressions, and he will still be there to lend an ear and offer stability, afterwards.
Dr. Linda finally admitted that her run-in with the Goddess left her in a dark place. The death of her ex-husband brought her own mortality to the forefront. She knew she should feel some remorse for his passing, but all she truly could be concerned with was herself. She was still grieving over a loss of wonderment—being let in on divine secrets left her a tad pessimistic. Amenadiel let her rant and then helped her realize that her questions about everything may have changed, but they were still there—and there is still plenty of unknown left in the world. Dr. Linda needed her feeling validated; Amenadiel did that.
Amenadiel also prompted a little self-reflection in Lucifer, in a roundabout way. Lucifer was embarrassed that Amenadiel found out he had fun spending an evening in with Chloe and Trixie playing Monopoly. Lucifer thinks image is everything; what would the world think if they knew how lonely the playboy lifestyle can be? After encountering multiple posers during the murder investigation, he learned we can’t judge a person based solely on their dating profile. Showing our true self, letting our freak flags fly in front of another, leaves us completely exposed—and it is hard and terrifying. Lucifer knows this, he rarely lets people see his true face, but now he knows he isn’t alone in these feelings. Those feelings are common to most humans. Maybe the reason his true face, his devil face, isn’t appearing is because that is no longer who he really is.