Review by Lauryn Angel
Lucifer Morningstar (Tom Ellis)has grown weary of ruling in Hell. So, he retires and leaves Hell for Los Angeles, where he opens a piano bar. But since this is Lucifer we’re talking about, it should come as no surprise that he doesn’t exactly settle down. When one of his former clients is murdered, Lucifer decides to play detective, much to the dismay of the real detective on the case, Chloe Dancer (Lauren German), who Lucifer is delighted to recognize from her previous career as an actress. Chloe is impervious to Lucifer’s charms – which include the ability to cause humans to reveal their deepest desires – which fascinates him even more. This sets up the show as a “buddy cop” show, but hopefully the show will move beyond this in later episodes. Lucifer is also visited by the Archangel Amanadiel (D.B. Woodside), who urges (mostly through threats) Lucifer to return to his duties in hell.
Fans of the Vertigo comic series on which this show is based will likely complain that Lucifer has been tamed down. The same argument was put forth with last year’s Constantine, and it’s justifiable in both cases. Both John Constantine and Lucifer of the comic books deal in moral ambiguities and grey areas, which don’t really seem to translate well to network television. Unlike Constantine, Lucifer takes a more light-hearted approach to the character (at least in the pilot) that will hopefully keep it from a similar fate to Constantine. Lucifer’s behavior is the kind of jovial wickedness that can easily be forgiven once he turns on the charm, and Ellis is quite the charmer. His performance keeps Lucifer from becoming too-over-the-top to be enjoyable. Woodside and German’s performances provide the perfect straight man and woman to Lucifer’s joker.
As long as Lucifer is able to keep the dark humor and light-hearted humor in balance, the show should do well – particularly if it avoids becoming a case-of-the-week procedural.
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