The future looks bright for Charlotte. #LuciferonFOX S2E17 Review: Sympathy for the Goddess

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Lucifer: Sympathy for the Goddess

Original air date: May 22nd, 2017

Warning: Spoilers

Time is growing even shorter for Charlotte now that she is shooting face melting flames from her abdomen. She is going to need a big band-aid for that wound, but hey at least she didn’t die. What gets me is that she won’t listen to her children or tell them what is going on. Why hide that fact your insides are all glow-y? Wouldn’t them knowing her predicament help?

At the end of the episode we see Chet get extra-crispy from the stab wound he created in Charlotte—so if her flesh-bag fell off would that annihilate everyone? Is she afraid of mass destruction, or just that she will die and go back to hell?  So again, I wonder, why not tell you children (the only two people who could truly help you) what is going on?

Maybe Charlotte thinks by not telling them, she is protecting them—which is the heart of the matter. The conflict of the season is succinctly stated by Chloe: sometimes children don’t appreciate what their parents do for them.  I get the need to protect children from anything that could harm them, but hiding things from them only ends in resentment—I’ve seen enough shows to know this will not end well. Though they are all guilty of hiding things from each other.

Maze and Lucifer finally had a knock-out, drag-out fight and therapy session that led to, hopefully reconciliation, but if not at least a better understanding of each other. The more time they spend on earth, the more complicated the needs and emotions become. When Maze told Lucifer he was just like his parents, she struck a very raw nerve. For as much as he boasts about never lying, he certainly omits truths and manipulates. Not telling Maze his grand scheme, leaving her in the dark, letting her think he was abandoning her—aren’t those all the things he is mad at his parents about?

Why this show is so awesome (I know I say it a lot) is that all that I was just talking about could be about any family. A show about Lucifer, about the divine, could easily get out hand and absurd rather quickly. This show is grounded in a prevalent issue—family. The show could also get dark very easily as well, but it doesn’t. The show handles everything with a great sense of humor. I like a show that can keep things light—I’m not talking about it being all sunshine and rainbows. The characters go through heavy stuff, but it doesn’t feel like a chore watching the show, nor does it feel like it is preaching at the audience.

Still, it also shows there are repercussions for behaviors and actions. This episode has Dr. Linda is being investigated by an ethics board. When she helped Lucifer escape a mental health facility, it probably turned some heads. She has Maze fighting for her and we will see where this leads—maybe a dead body, maybe just a change of heart for Nigel. Maze is a true and loyal friend so I think Dr. Linda will be back to work soon. The previews for next week show Linda looking badly beat-up; if Maze hasn’t killed for Linda yet, I am sure she soon will be.

At the end of the episode, we find out that Amenadiel had the final piece of the sword all along. The ancient Sumerian book they purchased from this week’s murder victim said the key was with God’s favorite son. I have a feeling Amenadiel is never going to let Lucifer forget he is the favorite. If you have a sibling, you know what I’m talking about.

With the season finale close at hand, I guess we only need to wait a week to see if Charlotte will get home to Heaven or if one or both her sons betray her.  There is a season three, so I doubt it will take place in Heaven, so I wonder if all of them will stay here with us, or if a couple are moving on up. I also wonder if Charlotte will decide to stay, or if something will make her stay here. If that is the case, I want to see her and Dan get together–just because if they got married, like Chloe said, then Dan would be kind of Lucifer’s dad.

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