Fox’s fantasy drama Lucifer centers on the titular character’s recent “vacation” to Los Angeles. The show joins the spate of dramas that involve a special character teaming up with law enforcement to help solve crimes. Think Castle, Minority Report, Sherlock Holmes, Limitless, Bones, Forever, Elementary, and Sleepy Hollow. The police procedural is a comfortable format on television today, and Lucifer (Tom Ellis) offers the potential to be one of the most interesting of these quirky characters to team up with the LAPD, and help detective Chloe Decker (Lauren German).
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The script was penned by Tom Kapinos, creator of Californication, and its influence can be felt – Lucifer is an amped up Hank Moody. The final product is a polished up production that offers some action, incredible acting, and some wicked lines and special effects. We can definitely say the final product is a vast improvement from the script.
What’s refreshing about this show is that Lucifer does not hide who he is, despite Chloe’s skepticism. Fox’s Lucifer offers an opportunity to see Satan openly be his evil self. Unfortunately, watching Tom Ellis’ Lucifer help solve crimes is a strange way for the Prince of Darkness to be spending his days. Couple that with the fact that he goes to a therapist, played very well by Rachael Harris, to help him deal with his “daddy-issues,” makes this show border on more comedy than drama.
All in all this is a very clever premise, with great source material (Lucifer is a spin-off character from famed graphic novel Sandman by Neil Gaiman.) Tom Ellis, Lauren German, D.B. Woodside, Kevin Alejandro, Leslie-Ann Brandt, and Scarlett Estavez (who plays Chloe’s adorable 7 year old daughter) get high marks in bringing these characters to life. The show is shot beautifully, with Len Wiseman (Underworld), and Jerry Bruckheimer serving as executive producers. It has a lot of potential to show us the tragedy of a very troubled character trying to find meaning in a world he does not belong in.
With a handful of episodes out, Lucifer’s fate might be a little hard to tell. The formula works, but weekly crimes seems beneath Lucifer’s purview. Fox should give this show an opportunity to spread its wings. Once the audience can settle into the whole “Satan is vacationing in Los Angeles” we would probably benefit from some serious story lines involving the deeper and darker aspects of humanity – think CSI/ Law and Order SVU/ Hannibal. Lucifer has the potential to give audiences an opportunity for some devilishly good drama.
Script vs. Screen Grades:
Jason: Script B+ / Screen A-
Alex: Script B- / Screen B+
Pop Culture Notes:
Lucifer TV Review – Hollywood Reporter
One Million Moms Urge to Cancel Lucifer on Fox