Season One, Episode Four — “Manly Whatnots”
By Shay Revolver. Last week saw Lucifer return to its devilish glory, leaving the Dark Prince and his crime fighting companion on a high note. The show ended with all the nefarious pieces coming together in Chloe’s mind, Lucifer changing his methods to dole out justice rather than punishment, and Maze trying to figure out what to do about her love’s new-found humanity. It was all great stuff.
But this week, we hit a huge speed bump on the road to TV glory with the case of a (possibly) kidnapped girl, a (possible) suspect in the form of a Roosh V wannabe, and the dubious prospect of Lucifer barely keeping enough interest in punishing the “wicked” than we do in seeing him do it. After last week’s episode pulled out all the stops by showing us what this show could be, this week was a downright snooze fest.
WHAT WORKED: The banter between Lucifer and Chloe was amazing as usual, and it continues to be this show’s saving grace. Their interactions were the highlight of this week’s otherwise uninteresting episode, and seem to be the only thing that the writers are consistent with throughout this series. They even get to share a genuine moment of slight bonding when Chloe gets a peek at his wing scars. It seems as if they are connecting on a more personal level instead of riding on sexual tension. (Which is always a plus.)
The fight between Amenadiel and Maze was awesome, but just the action part of it. We finally got to see how much of a warrior princess badass Mazikeen actually is, so I loved every second of the fighting itself. I’m hoping that this will lead to a showdown between the angels, Maze, and Lucifer.
WHAT DIDN’T: Unfortunately, nearly everything else was uneven at best and an aggravating flop at worst. All of the good will the last two episodes generated was quickly destroyed in this week’s hour long tease fest. This episode seemed to be more of a placeholder than anything else, and what frustrated me the most was all of the build up without even the slightest hint of release.
Outside of the fight itself, Amenadiel’s presence in this episode was more annoying than anything else. His banter between blows was cliched, and Maze got all the best lines anyway. Amenadiel for his part showed up, brooded, fought, and bounced. We got the message the first time he showed up: Lucifer is needed in Hell, but Amenadiel didn’t give us any more information about what was at stake.
If Amenadiel’s lackluster return wasn’t bad enough, Lucifer spent this episode acting completely out of character. He’s was more sexually inappropriate than usual towards Chloe, and he’s coming off more like a lovesick, wounded puppy than the King of Hell. He feels and acts out of place in this episode — not just because the show’s going against comic book canon, but because it’s going against the way the show has built the character up thus far. This week, Lucifer doesn’t even seem like the TV version of himself.
There’s also the matter of this episode’s central crime. (The kidnapping, or murder, or double cross, or whatever it’s supposed to be.) By the time the true culprit is discovered, the motive makes about as much sense as anything else in this episode. I usually care when we get to the retribution part, but by the time the cuffs were on, I was more excited that this whole mess was over than I was about anything else.
“Off you pop.” Lucifer, to a male security guard after telling him to find a nice young man to relieve his tension.
“The berries are ripe, and ready to be harvested.” Lucifer, to Chloe during his naked seduction attempt.
“Chlamydia, the clap, raging case of crabs… that’s what you deserve.” Lucifer, on what he believes the punishment should be for a pick-up artist.
“I may have hit someone, with a bullet.” Chloe, explaining to Trixie why there’s blood on her shirt.
BEST MOMENT: Hands down the best moment in this episode was Lucifer getting shot by Chloe while he’s trying to convince her of who he really is. His confusion at feeling the pain of the bullet, and the genuine surprise on his face at seeing the blood, was a nice touch. I kind of think he owed the viewers something for making us sit through this hour of tomfoolery. Hopefully this newfound sensation will push Episode Five forward. Maybe then things will get back on track for the show and our beloved Lucifer.
EPISODE’S MVP: Chloe. She spent most of this episode trying to give Lucifer the Heisman, and avoiding his sexual advances. But she also spent it doing her job and solving the case. She was more believable and noteworthy than anyone else in this episode. She flirted her way through a sea of male witnesses in a little red dress, and genuinely sold every line she was given.
THE DEVIL’S DUE:
– Amendial trying to coax Maze into an alliance to return Lucifer to Hell. So now can someone tell me why.
– It was Dream who cut Lucifer’s wings. Not Maze. The devil is in the details, and this is one Lucifer totally messed up.
– Since Lucifer is wingless in this series, I wonder if this means that’s how they’re going to explain the loss of his powers.
– That picture-in-picture effect for the phone call is a really nice way to draw you into the story.
– I love the little glimmers of Lucifer’s true form in reflective surfaces.
– At what point is someone actually going to say , “And I would have gotten away with it too, if it wasn’t for these huge pot holes and that meddling Devil.“
– Maze’s genuine concern at Lucifer bleeding is in keeping with canon. It was a nice finishing touch on the episode, but not enough to redeem it.
5 out of 10
Next: “Sweet Kicks”, soon.
Before: “The Would Be Prince of Darkness”, here.