Welcome to my first Lucifer review for the season! So let’s get right into it, shall we?
I’ve seen a lot of television in my almost 27 years of age and Lucifer is probably one of the weirdest shows I’ve ever seen. It’s a combination of the Bible with comics and procedural and psychological aspects with a side of dick jokes and puppets. It shouldn’t work. And yet it does. It’s not even the case of a good cast and mediocre show (as was the last one I reviewed) because the writing on this show is pretty damn genius.
Ildy Modrovich and Joe Henderson have managed to turn a show about the actual Devil into a fan-favorite and that’s not easily done. But enough about that. Let’s get into the actual episode since that’s what we’re here for!
Joe Henderson wrote “The One With the Baby Carrot” in which Lucifer and Chloe investigate the murder of a comedian and are taken into the world of stand-up comedy. Meanwhile, Dr. Linda Martin helps Amenadiel with a daunting task and we get a peak at the mysterious Lieutenant Marcus Pierce’s past.
The subtitle for this episode should be “So Many Dick Jokes, So Little Time.” In any other show, that would have probably been annoying or cause you to change the channel, but that is the beauty of Lucifer. You can have dick jokes, puppets, stand up comedy, and wings in the same episode and it’s just another day in sunny Los Angeles.
Lucifer is a pro at avoidance. For someone who prides himself on being honest to others, he’s not always honest to himself. Rather than dealing with the wings, he decides to focus on the Sinnerman intent on punishing the one he sees as the culprit. Especially when it seems that, as he says, the Sinnerman is stealing his “shtick” as the unseen bad guy is offering favors to people.
Yet he gets nowhere because Chloe doesn’t believe the Sinnerman exists and asks him to focus on the case at hand. Lucifer, being Lucifer, quickly finds a way to connect the case to his own personal problems. So his avoidance goes from Sinnerman to Comedy Central.
The case is simple; a struggling comedian got murdered after wanting to expose a famous comedian for stealing his jokes. Puppets with guns, threatening email,s and micropenises are all included. It’s cases like this that add to the show’s brilliance because it allows every member of the cast to shine. Here, it was Aimee Garcia’s Ella and Kevin Alejandro’s Dan.
It turns out that Ella was a big fan Bobby Lowe, the comedian in question, so we get the chance to see Garcia bring out the big fangirl guns. Let’s face it, we’ve all been there. We love defending our faves and we can go a little fangirl crazy when the possibility of being near them comes along. Finding out they’re not who we thought they were and the disappointment that comes with it is also a very poignant emotion and Garcia portrays it beautifully.
Kevin Alejandro’s Dan Espinoza could have very easily been a one-dimensional character; the show could have kept him as the idiot ex-husband who doesn’t believe in Chloe’s instincts. Any other show would have done that, and most shows have actually done that. Instead, here he is, a good character who admits when he’s been wrong and went through strides to be better. Alejandro managed to turn a character people weren’t big fans of in season 1 to one of the endearing characters now in season 3.
The sideplot for this episode was Amenadiel and Linda dealing with disposing of Lucifer’s wings. Personally, this was my favorite part of the episode. And it’s not just because of how good Rachael Harris and D.B. Woodside are. Their scenes together are truly amazing and magical. It’s great to see Amenadiel trying to be his own man for once instead of blindly following someone or something.
In season 1, it was the idea of getting Lucifer back to hell no matter the cost, and in season 2, he basically blindly followed Mom. Amenadiel is dealing with a lot. He went from being the strongest of all angels to being a fallen angel without powers. And to make matters worse, he has to see his little brother get what he wants the most (his wings/divinity) back, while he gets nothing.
While I don’t know if this is exactly God’s plan, it does seem to be like this will be Amenadiel’s arc for the season. Only time will tell if he succeeds or if there’s another plan underway. Either way, we know D.B. Woodside will kick it out of the park.
I’m always saying that Dr. Linda Martin deserves a raise and this episode just proves it. Not only is she constantly dealing with Lucifer’s issues, which is hard enough, she’s also willing to help Amenadiel with his problems. She helps him understand what it is he’s supposed to be doing with his life. But I sincerely hope someone helps her in return, because it’s clear that as much as she tells Lucifer he has to deal with his wings, she herself doesn’t seem to be dealing with her own trauma.
Amenadiel said it best: “We all have pain that we hide, that were not ready to share w/ the world.” Amenadiel is dealing with not having his powers back, Lucifer is trying to avoid his emotions regarding what his wings being back actually means, and Linda is avoiding dealing with her near-death experience.
During that last scene she tells Lucifer about not letting external factors define you and she was probably not just talking about Lucifer. Rachael Harris is wonderful in this episode. As we can see, she’s not okay over what happened in the finale, but she’s trying her best to get through it. And we’re all rooting for her, because if someone deserves good things, it’s Dr. Linda Martin.
Quotes from Lucifer :
Lucifer Morningstar: And for the record, I don’t usually suffer from premature unfurling
Linda Martin: Lucifer you didn’t invent the idea of giving out favors… yeah I forgot who I was talking to, I suppose you did
Ella Lopez: Fingerprints, a lock of hair, an autograph
Amenadiel: I didn’t do anything
Linda Martin: Other than miraculously slowing down time so I didn’t bleed to death
Amenadiel: Well other than that
*First, I will say that, as someone who had posters on her walls of Tom Welling and Smallville all through her pre-teen and teenage years, it’s really wonderful to have him back on my television.
*That Lucifans shout out was pretty hilarious and awesome.
*That first scene was a hilarious opener. It that Lucifer’s way of using sex as a distraction won’t be available to him. At least, not if he wants to avoid more premature unfurling.
*So far, my working theory is that the Sinnerman killed Marcus Pierce’s child, or something along those lines (hence why he mentioned Chloe has Trixie). But I can’t wait to see Tom Ellis and Tom Welling working together on the case!
*Since we’re going to be keeping the wings, how long until Chloe sees them? Considering he can’t show her his devil face and he was ready to tell her the whole truth, I’m thinking she has to see the wings, right?
*This show is really clever at dealing with Lesley-Ann Brandt’s maternity leave, she might not be on screen but she’s still very present. (Linda and Amenadiel talk about her and Lucifer talks to her.)
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