Lucifer’s final season “sends the Devil off with a bang”
The sixth – and final – 10-episode season of Lucifer presents a departure from its previous police procedural format and focuses instead on the characters; only the first two episodes cover very lightweight quick-to-solve murder cases, probably because Lucifer Morningstar (Tom Ellis) and The Detective (aka Chloe Decker, played by Lauren German) are no longer members of LAPD on account of him being God-in-waiting and she his consultant.
Dan (Kevin Alejandro), of course, is in hell after being shot and killed in the penultimate episode of season 5B.
Lucifer loves a song and dance
The season also includes a few musical numbers, something Ellis is no doubt delighted by, after season 5B’s song and dance on the football field (a reminder of this is in the video above). We’ve already seen him tickling the ivories at LUX and in his penthouse a few times. Lucifer’s Season 6 has some fun with this, as well as a poignant moment between Lucy and his daughter; there’s also an episode with classic cartoon scenes (don’t forget this is a Warner Bros production, home of Looney Tunes). It reminded me of when Supernatural did lighthearted episodes in various cinematic styles and genres.
But wait … daughter, you ask? Since this review is being published once the series has premiered, I’m not bound by the embargo, and I can reveal this juicy titbit. Rory (Brianna Hildebrand) is an angel with spectacular red knife-tipped wings, pink-streaked hair, a punk/goth wardrobe and bristling attitude. She arrives on Earth, with the ghost of Dan in tow, ready to destroy Lucifer, who studies her face and dismisses her claim she is his offspring. He decides to look into his past dalliances anyway, but comes up empty handed.
He’s kicking his heels on the way to heaven
The rest of this story arc, which includes time travel, Rory’s mom, abandonment, family conflict, revelations and heartbreak, I’ll leave up to you to discover. It’s the predominant chunk of this season, which eventually comes to a satisfying close (unlike some others I could mention…).
At the end of the previous season, Lucifer’s ascension to the throne in heaven appeared imminent, but we now find him dragging his Louboutin heels until almost the bitter end. There’s just so much stuff to deal with on Earth, and so much soul searching to do as he questions if he is even the right candidate for the job. He’s the Devil, after all, and there’s not much compassion required for the King of Hell where punishment is the name of the game.
With Lucifer, Chloe and Dan off the force, there’s a position available for a new detective, Carol Corbett (Scott Porter). He’s small fry: don’t concern yourself with him other than Ella’s (Aimee Garcia) attraction to him. More importantly, she’s having a bit of a crisis of faith because she senses God isn’t there anymore (she’s not wrong, as we know) and, along with the eternal mystery of missing socks, Ella starts questioning everything, coming to the conclusion the world is about to end, and she’s going to blow the lid off this theory.
Dan, who was tricked by Rory into showing him where to find Lucifer, is in limbo – a ghost who can only be seen and heard by the celestial beings and unable to return to his hell of endless ping pong. Of course, he really belongs in heaven, but there is some fine print about that. In the meantime, he must mope around in frustration and sadness.
Sympathy for the Devil
Amenadiel (DB Woodside) does a brief stint as a rookie cop and gets outraged by several things, and Linda (Rachael Harris) is working hard on her book about Lucifer. The working title is “Sympathy For The Devil” and how we got so far with this series without that phrase coming up is an enigma in itself. The parents of a half-angel half-human child are concerned about Charlie’s development and whether he’ll sprout wings.
And that leaves Maze (Lesley-Ann Brandt), who has hooked up with Eve (Inbar Levi) – Eve who was Adam’s second wife after Lillith, who is Maze’s mom, Eve who had an affair with Lucifer, Eve who took up arms on Lucifer’s behalf in the battle against Michael.
They’re all about the wedding but then Adam pitches up and briefly interferes, for no apparent reason other than as someone else has Eve (who he never really loved, according to previous seasons).
Maze brings back the taal
Maze’s reaction sums up what we are all thinking … first pancake and all that. She has to make a grand gesture to assure Eve of her love, in a scene in which she once again speaks lilim – or as South African audiences recognise, Afrikaans, which with a bit of voice altering, sounds more guttural and alien.
“The final season ends with devilish charm and surprising poignancy,” says CBR, adding that it “takes fans back to the show’s charming beginnings and sends the Devil off with a bang.”
Ready Steady Cut says: “There’ll be laughter, there’ll be drama, and above all, there are moments that viewers will have been waiting for. But most importantly, when the show reaches its closing moments, not only will you reflect back and think, god, what a season, you’ll also think, god, what a show.”
As far as series finales go, Lucifer’s denouement, as free will and fate collide, should be a fan-pleaser.