The Premise of Lucifer
Based on characters created by Neil Gaiman, Sam Kieth and Mike Dringenberg, this series follows Lucifer, the original fallen angel, who has become dissatisfied with his life in hell.
After abandoning his throne and retiring to Los Angeles, Lucifer indulges in his favorite things (women, wine and song – eh shouldn’t that be sex?) — until a murder takes place outside of his upscale nightclub.
For the first time in billions of years, the murder awakens something unfamiliar in Lucifer’s soul that is eerily similar to compassion and sympathy. Lucifer is faced with another surprise when he meets an intriguing homicide detective named Chloe, who appears to possess an inherent goodness — unlike the worst of humanity, to which he is accustomed. Suddenly, Lucifer starts to wonder if there is hope for his soul.
I didn’t get to see the first episode when it aired, so I had to watch it several weeks later on my Roku (love that thing). I was hooked on Tom Ellis’s charm, the devil is British!?! Something about bad guys with British accents makes them so hot. But then again Lucifer is not bad, actually he’s not bad at all, no really—considering he’s supposed to be the devil and all.
Here’s what I loved
Lucifer’s humor! He gets the best lines! See the trailer. The first time I caught a bit of Lucifer, I had the TV on but not really paying attention, the scene was Lucifer’s brother, Amenadeil comes to earth to find him and take him back to hell. He appears in Lucifer’s bedroom and wakes him from slumber, of course Lucifer has two other people in bed with him, (obviously somebody had a decadent night). His brother, the angel, is disgusted and Lucifer says casually, “It’s called the devil’s threesome for a reason,” (I may have paraphrased, but he did mention the devil’s threesome), from then on, I was curious about this charmer.
Here’s what I don’t like
I got my mom and sister interested in the show, it made it past my three episode rule. As the episode numbers grew higher, the bottom started to drop out for me. Lucifer still had his funny lines and he is still top of my list for man candy Monday, I keep expecting him to be the devil and BE BAD, but it never happens. Luscious Lyon from Empire is scarier than Lucifer.
It’s like the writers want us to like him so much they are afraid to make him do something evil. What’s the fun in being the devil, if you are the equivalent of puppies and kittens?
He runs around announcing to everybody that he is the devil and of course people just laugh. Hell, if he came up to me and said he was the devil, I’d laugh too.
Note to the writers: Women. Love. Bad. Boys.
To prove my point, why do you think romance novels with wrecked, damaged, badasses are such great sellers? We are masochists like that. Just look around this website, books featuring bad boys get the most shares. The teasers are most often times from the bad boy POV. We love that shit!
The network is obviously targeting women as the chief demographic on this one, hence the young super-hot cast. Lucifer’s grin and witty banter can only go so far before it feels like there’s something missing. That’s how I feel.
Another thing I am not crazy about is the fact that it’s a procedural, cop/detective show like Castle. I feel like I was tricked into watching a crime drama. Yes I know it has to have a vessel to contain the story, but still. They could have added more of a supernatural element to it, they have it, but it is so miniscule that you forget that it’s there.
Chloe, played by Lauren German, is as exciting to watch as watching paint dry. Really, what’s with the red eye makeup? Makes her look like a heroine addict. She is a beautiful girl, couldn’t makeup just accentuated her natural beauty?
If I wrote this show…
Here’s the show I would write if I was given the character of Lucifer to turn into a series.
I would let the “A” storyline be Lucifer’s story. I’d show the devil (I’d keep Tom Ellis, he’s great and British) as a fallen angel struggling to find his way in the City of Angels. He is bad, and does bad things, mostly because he is surrounded by it (LA can be evil, I lived there for about 5 years). LA has become his playground.
Then we have our heroine, Chloe (I’d cast Hilary Burton), she is an earth angel so to speak, she is trying to combat the evil that is plaguing her city. She is a cop and while she is trying to help people, Lucifer is the opposite, he could actually be the reason for the disarray. They cross paths and they work together. His reason is because he wants the bad guy’s soul. The more souls he can collect the longer he can stay on earth. Of course, she has no idea.
I’d have so much fun with the characters, even making them switch roles in an episode or two. The characters gradually fall for each other, but we, the audience see that coming before the characters are ready to admit it. The payoff? Sweet relief when they do get together. Supernatural forces are always in play keeping them apart.
Will the devil sell his soul for love? Say he falls for Chloe, and gradually and most reluctantly stop taking souls, his time on earth is numbered. Our hero has to make a choice. Hmm…
I’ll start writing the rest now 😉