Lucifer: Season 3 — a review


This was the final season of Lucifer that aired on FOX, which cancelled the series soon after the cliffhanger finale. It was picked up by Netflix after this, and has now had a 10-episode Season 4, with a final Season 5 coming in 2020 to wrap up the story of Lucifer Morningstar and his friends and acquaintances. I am happy that the show is getting the opportunity to finish on its own terms.

After finishing Season 3, I’m finding it difficult to believe that the series was cancelled at all. Well . . . on one hand, I find it difficult. The show is good, and my opinion is that Season 3 has been the best so far. I’m also a realist, though. I’m watching the show after FOX already cancelled it. That means I’m part of the reason the ratings were too low for the network to pick up the series for another season. Hindsight, as the saying goes, is 20/20. I’m sure the decision to cancel the series was based primarily on the show’s numbers and was not a reflection of its quality. I do suspect, however, that the head of programming wasn’t a regular viewer.

Lucifer is a police procedural on supernatural steroids.

I’m pretty sure I’m going to let a few spoilers about the season slip during the discussion that follows. Please take this into account before reading further.

At the end of Season 2, Lucifer (Tom Ellis) was ready to reveal his true nature to LA homicide dectective Chloe Decker (Lauren German), to take their relationship to the next level. Before he can do so, he is kidnapped and taken to the desert, where he discovers that, inexplicably, the angel wings he cut off after abandoning his post in Hell have grown back. Lucifer, as is his wont, blames dear old Dad for his current predicament. This conveniently inconvenient deus ex machina (if you will allow the tongue-in-cheek reference), throws many of our preexisting character motivations off-kilter for a bit, as the genius writers behind the series keep obstacles in the way of our two show leads becoming romantically involved.

This season also introduces a new strong character in Lt. Pierce (Tom Welling), and the concept of a shadowy counterpart to Lucifer called the Sinnerman. It was great seeing Welling on the small screen again, even with at least one expected kryptonite reference. Because Welling looks age appropriate, and older than he did on Smallville, he also managed to make me feel old. Tom’s kept in better shape than I have, however.

I don’t want to spoil everything for you. But, I respect your TV-drama savvy and know you will have figured that there’s more than meets the eye to the new Lieutenant. He’s not exactly who he says he is. And as his character motivation becomes clearer, it effectively takes charge of the direction of the show. I will point out the delicious coincidence that, along with Season 10 of Supernatural, I’m watching two shows simultaneously that include the biblical character Cain—he of the famous mark and that little altercation with his brother Abel.

Charlotte Richards (Tricia Helfer) returns to the series, but as herself this time, not Lucifer and Amenadiel’s (D.B. Woodside) mother. She becomes romantically involved with Dan Espinoza (Kevin Alejandro), and figures predominantly in the climax of the season. All of the old gang are still represented and still forming a strong ensemble, including Dr. Linda (Rachael Harris), Ella Lopez (Aimee Garcia), Mazikeen (Lesley-Ann Brandt), and, of course, Trixie (Scarlett Estevez), who is growing up fast.

At 26 episodes, this is the longest season yet. But, it doesn’t feel that long, which is perhaps the biggest compliment I can pay to any series. Technically, the season finale occurs when Lucifer finally reveals his devil face to Chloe at the end of episode 24. Then we get two bonus episodes tacked on, a decision probably made after the show was cancelled. One of the added episodes is a “what if” alternate history story in which Lucifer and Chloe didn’t form their partnership when they did in “our” universe. This is an odd, one-off story with a distinct fairytale feel. It’s narrated by God, whose voice is provided by none other than Neil Gaiman, who, as the creator of the Sandman version of Lucifer, is sort of the God of this fictional universe. The other episode concerns Ella’s imaginary friend from childhood, Ray-Ray, who is actually the angel Azrael. This weird side trip hasn’t been further explored in the Netflix episodes I’ve watched since. Honestly, I hope it won’t be, because this was a rare misfire for the series, in my opinion.

I finished watching all of the episodes that aired on network television and am still a fan of the series. I’m happy that there was a higher power at Netflix who saw the wisdom of continuing this story. It deserves some sort of conclusion.

Again, not intended for the ultra conservative or the dogmatically sensitive. This is a religiously themed supernatural police procedural fantasy that takes no prisoners and contains something that most people might consider offensive. But, it’s fun, entertaining, and never boring.

Firewater’s Where’s-My-Halo? Report Card: A+


Still almighty fine television.

2 thoughts on “Lucifer: Season 3 — a review

  1. I don’t know what motivates Fox; aren’t they the same idiots who cancelled Firefly? Too bad we didn’t have NetFlix back then to rescue that! As to Lucifer, my wife and our son binge-watched the series over the course of about a week last month, and they both loved it. Our son just likes good entertainment, but my wife is a born-again, God-fearing, best-friends-with-Jesus believer who believes that Lucifer is responsible for every single bad thing there is, up to and including lights turning red in front of her when she’s on the way to an appointment, and she loved it! Personally, I think these people who are so “offended” by everything mostly go around looking for things to be offended by, you know? An African-American who’s called the N-word, that’s offensive. If someone makes a show or writes a book that sees the world in a different way than you do, get over it, or better yet, exercise the only right you really have, and don’t watch it.

    Now, me, I’d be offended if you weren’t doing these essays. I don’t necessarily read everything you post, but you have a way of looking at TV shows and bringing out things that I overlooked that I would sorely miss if you quit doing it. So don’t! Quit. Keep doing it, in other words… All right, I’m going to go take my meds now.

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    1. As always, thanks for the kind words, Mr. Tyler. I stand solidly with your son, as a lover of good entertainment, and with your wife, as a Christian (and trying to be a better one). As far as you’re concerned: no worries. I couldn’t shut up if I wanted to. It’s not in my nature.

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