TV Shows

Lucifer Season 6

Spoilers ahead, hard not to talk about them regarding this season.

I love the show as a whole but this last season is, to put it mildly, utter disappointment. You had 5 seasons of character development, of doing the procedural genre, and the fifth ended on an excellent note and a clear path forwards. Yet, the writers in their infinite wisdom, decided to forgo the path laid out and take three giant steps backwards, and only one forwards. This season should have explored the idea of redemption, and what it meant to have Lucifer be God himself. Instead, they took the cowardly option, reneged on that idea, and went back to the Devil being nothing but a devil. All the character progression thrown out the window.

The first three episodes were 40 minutes of filler, going down yet again with the procedural route, and leaving only the last 15 minutes or so to progress the plot in a meaningful way. There was a bit of intrigue and mystery which was quickly squashed with yet another familial arc to play through. And to top it off, they added time travel and time loops. One of the worst arcs to add to any show, it reeks of lazy writing. By adding a time loop, you insert paradoxes into the equation, and considering season 5 was all about the idea of free will, a time loop explicitly implies there is no such thing as free will. For you have to go about the exact same way as to what caused the loop to begin with.

The only redeeming factors, aside from the excellent acting from the cast, is that Daniel had a good conclusion to his character arc, that Maze and Eve got their happily ever after and that Ella finally learned of the existence of Celestials plus her own happy ending. The inclusion of SJW elements and “woke” elements was downright pandering, possibly to Netflix. The speech by the drag queen in episode two served no point than to please the LBQT+ crowd. The idea of Adam as toxic masculinity was again pointless, and did nothing and added nothing to the plot. Including cancel culture into it was meaningless, and felt like the writers were going down the checklist of what to add to please their Netflix overlords. Oh and because institutionalized racism is rearing its ugly head (always has been), they decided to include the plight of trying to change the police force from within… SWAT anyone?

This season starts off essentially in the gutter, makes a marked improvement as it reached the middle and then declines harshly in the final two episodes. That last episode, the last 20 minutes play out like a fever dream of fantasy. Everyone gets good things happening to them. Until the last 9 minutes, which are depressing when you think about it. Chloe lives 40, maybe 60, or even more years alone without Lucifer, finally dies, and joins him in Hell to help with psychiatry for people dealing with their own guilt. Great ad for psychiatry, but why did you have to ruin the show for that? Like Game of Thrones fans will feel regarding their last season, I feel the same way. Lucifer ended on season 5 and this trash season doesn’t exist. Similar to how they never made a fourth Indiana Jones movie, or never made an Avatar: The Last Airbender movie.

Anyways, these are just my opinions, and maybe other Lucifer fans will enjoy it. I certainly didn’t and therefore I couldn’t recommend it. But you do you.

TV Shows

Lucifer Season 5A

This season is split into two parts, with the first half currently out on Netflix. And I can say without a doubt, that this is the best yet but that’s only due to the build up of the previous seasons. The whole will they, won’t they between Lucifer and Chloe Decker finally gets realized as they get together. And it works! It doesn’t feel forced or over developed, I was so happy to see resolution. This half has been very emotional, to me, because the characters have all fully grown. Their arcs are nearing completion. Just this next half, and then a final sixth season.

As usual, the show follows a path of dead body that’s gotta be solved, interspersed with story and character development of the celestial and mortal kind. Amenadiel grows as a father and friend, Daniel grows in his own way, Lucifer learns to finally let Chloe in all the way, but Maze, she does not grow. She’s still stuck in that old “I hate Lucifer because he kept secrets from me” and it’s honestly tiring. And just when you thought she had genuine growth, nope. Goes back to her old ways. I feel they really missed an opportunity here with her. Miss Lopez also grows from simply being the super nice forensic scientist to being her own person that brings depth and new twists to the show.

Everyone’s acting is everything we’ve grown to love about the show. But it’s especially great to see Tom Ellis playing against himself as he acts as both Lucifer and his twin brother, the archangel Michael. To differentiate between the two, Tom has an American accent for Michael and walks with his right shoulder being slightly higher than his left. Perhaps an injury that is yet to be revealed in the show?

Overall, I love Lucifer because it’s totally social engineering to get us all accepting the devil as not a bad guy. As the old saying goes, the greatest trick the devil pulled was convincing others he didn’t exist. And that’s what Lucifer does, you don’t see him as the biblical bad guy. You sympathize and see him as a good guy, and not at all evil. Which is fair because this Lucifer is based off a DC character and ergo, a comic book character. I recommend this entire show and especially this new season.