Bullets and brimstone

Fox garners sympathy for the Devil in “Lucifer”

By Colin Hickson, Staff Writer
Rating: 5 out of 5
In an era where almost any comic title can be turned into a film or TV series, it should come as
no surprise that horror comics are also welcome commodities. But who would have thought
comic interest would spawn a TV series focused on the Devil? Well, it happened, when DC’s
mature audiences imprint, Vertigo, gave us “Lucifer.”
Debuting in the pages of Vertigo’s most well known title “the Sandman,” Lucifer Morningstar
later garnered his own spin-off, and has frequently popped up across the DC Universe, even
coming into contact with the likes of Superman. But as the show most likely follows its’ own
continuity, chances are Lucifer (Tom Ellis) will not encounter the likes of the Flash or Supergirl
anytime soon.
As the series opens, viewers see that Lucifer has been on Earth for some time, and is living in
Los Angeles as a nightclub owner. The reason? Apparently ruling over the eternally damned got
boring, and the Devil resigned as the king of Hell. Naturally, this does not sit well with Heaven,
as the angel Amenadiel (D.B. Woodside) tries to get Lucifer to return to the fiery pit, only to be
ignored by the ever rebellious fallen angel.
Lucifer’s attitude changes, however, when a woman Lucifer was once acquainted with and
helped get into showbiz, is murdered, and he wants to learn who ordered her death. The murder
also draws the attention of LAPD detective Chloe Decker (Lauren German), who intrigues
Lucifer due to her supposedly not having a dark side he can expose with his powers. After the
mastermind is found and Lucifer gains his vengeance, he decides to continue helping the LAPD
in spite of a warning from Amenadiel that his newfound heroism will affect the cosmic
order…not that Lucifer will listen.
Once more, DC gives fans a show worth watching. Much like “Forever Knight” before it,
“Lucifer” blends horror with crime drama wonderfully, while also adding a bit of humor to the
mix. Tom Ellis is a joy to watch as Lucifer, showing him to be as every bit smug, cocky and
arrogant as one would expect the Devil to be, even going so far as to admit his identity, but also
showing some humanity to the character, which makes him more believable in his performance.
The chemistry between the two leads is also enjoyable, as Lucifer and Decker are two opposites
of the same coin working together for the same goal. Plus, it can help fill the void left by the
unjust cancellation of another DC-based horror show, “Constantine.”
If the show does have a downside, it is that it generated unwanted controversy from the infamous
One Million Moms group for its’ premise. But the opinion of one group should not influence a
viewer’s decision about the show; after all? “Lucifer” airs Mondays at 9 p.m. on Fox.