TV: Lucifer....Take Me Back To Hell

Lucifer will be back for another season of evil. 

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Rejoice, Sinners! The season finale of Lucifer confirmed the series will return for a second season. It was an impressive thirteen-episode first run, and fared much better than the DC/Vertigo series Constantine although Lucifer did have help from a big opening act, premiering right after The X-Files revival.

The show’s concept is an intriguing one. The Devil, after years of ruling Hell, abandons his throne and takes a holiday among the mortals. With his devilish good looks and the charm of an Angel, Lucifer Morningstar’s personality fit in perfectly with the show’s LA setting. The inner conflicts or morality offered a different perspective of Old Scratch, one that greatly differs from the traditional goat-legged and horned variations that have graced canvases since the dawn of time. As a collective whole, the first season was a fun ride, and Tom Ellis’s portrayal of Lucifer borrowed much from Neil Gaiman's interpretation from the Sandman comic series. The entirety of Ellis’s Lucifer can best be reflected in a quote from Sandman issue 4:

“Why do they blame me for all their little failings? They use my name as if I spent my entire days sitting on their shoulders, forcing them to commit acts they would otherwise find repulsive. ‘The devil made me do it.’ I have never made one of them do anything. Never. They live their own tiny lives. I do not live their lives for them.”

The Fox series gave little nods to past Biblical wars, and presented an intriguing look at the animosity between angels and demons, which surprisingly is not unlike our own culture’s dislike for one another due to indifference. Rather than offering superior heavenly entities on golden thrones, these Biblical based characters have more in common with humanity. They are flawed and conflicted individuals.

The season finale, Take Me Back To Hell, offered fans a perspective to contemplate: Is Hell a place, or is it something that exists? The final moment, and word for that matter, is a devilishly fun shocker, and immediately reveals Lucifer will be back for a second season. It was a great finish to a successful first season that offers hints of what’s to come. It gives fans just enough resolution to wrap up the season without trying to overdo it, which is fast becoming a failing of many season finales. While last summer’s one-and-done Constantine series left many DC/Vertigo followers disappointed, fans can experience some... Redemption... knowing the Lord of Hell will be back for more fun.

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Lee L. Lind