It’s a battle for God’s throne in the latest season of Lucifer
Don’t you just hate it when your parent(s) whom you haven’t seen in like, forever, suddenly pitch up and begin interfering in your life? That’s exactly what happens when God pitches up on Earth, and Lucifer is not happy about it.
God, who made his first appearance in a suitable blaze of light at the end of Season 5, episode 8, is played by Dennis Haysbert (remember him as President David Palmer in the first five seasons of 24?). Lucifer (Tom Ellis) is the typical eye-rolling son who is mortified by his benignly smiling dad pitching up at his workplace, while Amenadiel (DB Woodside), the older brother, the good brother, fawns and flutters.
Lucifer’s evil twin, the archangel Michael (also Tom Ellis, differentiated by an American accent that ebbs and flows, messy hair and a raised-shoulder type of lurching stance) is doing a bit of meddling of his own – and it’s with no one’s best interests at heart except his own.
Part 2 of Season 5 comprises eight episodes that almost all revolve around God and his relationships with his angel children. If you’ve watched the trailer, it’s not a spoiler to say that after God decides to make himself human for a bit, and then misplaces his powers, he decides to retire. This leaves Amenadiel, Lucifer and Michael in a battle for the throne. Since it’s all fictional, we can only wonder how Jesus isn’t first in line to run the family business. In fact, as far as I recall, neither he nor his mother is ever mentioned.
This is of course an alternate universe – and frankly, those who strictly follow The Bible are unlikely to be watching – in which God (this one) had a wife and co-creator. The Goddess (Tricia Helfer) is Lucifer’s (and Amenadiel’s) mother. For a while she was Charlotte Richards, with whom Dan (Kevin Alejandro) had an affair, which leads to some amusingly awkward moments when Dan meets God face to face.
God has a rather impish sense of humour. Also, don’t question omniscience too much. There’s a lot he doesn’t know.
Oh, yes. Everyone knows about Lucifer’s true identity now, except lovely Ella Lopez (Aimee Garcia), who retains her purity and innocence.
In these new episodes we see a squabbly family dinner – God can cook up a storm, no surprise – to which Lucifer brings a souffle. Look, we can suspend belief when it comes to angels and demons and celestial battles but a souffle still risen after being transported, and burned almost black, too? Nope. Not if we’ve bought God in the kitchen in a cute apron, making divine chicken. At the very least, the souffle should have been perfect too.
We see a musical episode, complete with dance routines, because apparently it’s God’s little joke, making everyone do karaoke. He has a rather impish sense of humour. Also, don’t question omniscience too much. There’s a lot he doesn’t know.
Dr Linda (Rachael Harris) drifts in and out, mothering little Charlie, but for the most part playing therapist to everyone – including a couples’ counselling session with God and Lucifer, I kid you not. Our favourite demon, Maze (South African actress Lesley-Ann Brandt), goes all soppy on us when she decides she wants a soul, and to feel all the messy human emotions. God tells her she’s perfect the way he is, which does not calm her down (this is actually a proper human reaction).
And what about the heroine, Chloe Decker (Lauren German)? The Detective, as Lucifer fondly calls her, so badly wants to hear the three magic words from him, the ones she has said but he has not uttered: I love you. Lucifer cannot lie, and his explanation is that, like his father, he is incapable of love. Nevertheless, The Detective stands by her devil, remaining at his side come heaven or hell.
In its five seasons, Lucifer has roamed down many paths, but with the same core cast of characters to whom we’ve grown strangely attached. That’s why, even though these eight episodes are a test of faith, they remain funny, sweet, touching and fun. But brace yourself for one huge, massive, tear-jerker of a tragedy.