When FOX cancelled Lucifer after three seasons, fans were not happy. We now owe a huge debt of gratitude to Netflix, which swooped in on leathery wings and whipped up a – slightly shorter – fourth season.
Fans’ opinions matter to the folks who make the big decisions. Take Supernatural, for example. Creator Eric Kripke only ever intended it to be three seasons long; Season 14 concluded at the end of 2018.
Netflix made a good call by picking up Lucifer for a fourth outing, and it seems there could well be a fifth, if internet chatter is anything to go by. While an announcement by Netflix is expected soon, showrunners Joe Henderson and Ildy Modrovich, as well as devilish titular star Tom Ellis, have been hinting heavily as to what another season might hold.
While we contain our excitement and hold thumbs for that announcement – which Henderson and Modrovich have made it abundantly clear rests on how closely Netflix is paying attention to fans’ (Lucifans) binge-watching – let’s look at Season 4.
We’ll try to keep it to just this one spoiler (if you still have to begin at the beginning, now is the time to look away): at the end of Season 3, Chloe Decker aka Detective (Lauren German) saw Lucifer’s (Ellis) “devil face”.
Even though Lucifer had never lied to her about being the lord of the underworld, he’d kept this hideous side of himself concealed, and in turn, Chloe had been deep in denial.
It was a bit of a mean ending; not even the two bonus episodes FOX aired later couldn’t ease the pain. Where on Earth would the characters go from there? Season 4 was not only wanted, it was needed.
Although the series has always been relatively “lightweight” in the SNLV departments, the teaser on Netflix immediately shows us who’s in charge now.
Lucifer is hot as hell. There is still no use of the F-word (banned by FOX but allowed on Netflix), an executive decision taken by the showrunners because it “didn’t feel right”, but boy oh boy, we see a whole lot more of Ellis’s abs, and even his sweet-cheeks buttocks – and for that we are eternally grateful.
In the 10 episodes of this season, Dr Linda (Rachael Harris) and Amenadiel (DB Woodside) have some unexpected family matters to deal with, which lead to some very amusing scenes.
Mazikeen, aka Maze, played by South African actress Lesley-Ann Brandt, has her laugh moments too, and she gets to speak Afrikaans as her demon language. A bit of sound editing makes it sound creepy, but it’s a nice homage to her roots. (Watch it here.)
Lucifer and Chloe are of course at the centre of the story, which revolves around a prophecy (“When the devil walks the Earth and finds his first love, evil shall be released”), the return of an old flame, a demonic battle to replace Lucifer on the throne of Hell, and a surprisingly emotional ending which could complete the story but just as easily set everything up for that fifth season.