L is for Lucifer

Reviewed by Kerry E.B. Black


The Devil, Lucifer Morningstar, vacated his position as ruler of Hell to reside in sunny Los Angeles. He and his demon ally, Mazikeen “Maze” (Lesley-Ann Brandt, run a premier nightclub called Lux. When he witnessed the murder of a friend of his, Lucifer (Tom Ellis) became interested in the investigation and the punishment of the perpetrator. He assisted homicide Detective Chloe Decker (Lauren German), a woman with a checkered past and a perplexing resistance to his considerable charms.

Chloe Decker confounded Lucifer. Around her, his invulnerability flags. Her ex-husband Kevin Alejandro (Dan Espinoza) disliked Lucifer because of his evident interest in Chloe, his influence within the police department, and his daughter Trixie’s affection for him.

Lucifer worked through his confusions in typical L.A. style. He took up with a counselor, the insightful and sexually interested Dr. Linda Martin (Rachael Harris). His outlook and experiences changed as he assisted Chloe with investigations. His brother, the non-fallen angel Amenadiel (D.B. Woodside) suggested Lucifer return home. His presence changed something on earth, and their Father wanted Lucifer to resume his post. Lucifer refused, going so far as to burn his wings. Maze, who followed Lucifer after the Fall from Heaven, worried about changes she noticed in the Lord of Hell.

Lucifer began as a character in Neil Gaiman’s excellent “Sandman” graphic novels. His charismatic presence and compelling story arc demanded a spin-off comic of its own, which was put out by Vertigo. The American television series was initially developed by Tom Kapinos. The pilot aired in January, 2016 on Fox, and the network announced its renewal despite protests by Christian groups distressed by the Devil being portrayed as a likeable fellow.

The story arc brings to mind the movie “The City of Angels” wherein an angel (Nicholas Cage) gives up his true nature to be with a human with whom he fell in love (Meg Ryan). However, Lucifer is light-hearted, not brooding. His character seems poised to walk a path of reconciliation with his Father, whereas his brother Amenadiel seems to break moral rules to achieve his desired ends. The underlying question that nags is can the Devil be rehabilitated and forgiven?


*image from Fox