Hello detective! Ahem, readers!
I binged the fifth season of Lucifer right when it came out. Which actually means, I binged both parts when they came out. I hate that due to COVID many shows ended up with split season, I would have loved to go through the entire thing all at once. Well, it is what it is. Let’s see if it was worth all the hustle!
The Plot (as found on Rotten Tomatoes):
Bored with wasting time in the deepest pits of hell, Lucifer has abdicated and now resides here on Earth, indulging in all forms of guilty pleasures: women, wine and parties. But the most terrifying turn is yet to come when he finds himself developing the most spine-chilling human trait of them all – emotion.
Before I begin, let me warn you, this review will contain spoilers galore. A lot happened in this season and I need to talk about it.
So, before I move to the spoilers, let me just say I tremendously enjoyed season 5. We got so many twists and interesting developments. Sure it wasn’t perfect, but I am more than ready to forgive all the little imperfections. As a whole the season convinced me twice over. They really went all out: the acting, the writing, the music!
Where to begin? Let’s start with the two Lucifers, or rather Michael and Lucifer. This added such an interesting dynamic to the show and especially in the first couple of episodes when we all had no clue what was up with that. Also, this really is a testimony to Tom Ellis brilliant acting skills. Two characters looking alike, dressed the same way but in all the subtle nuances you can still tell them apart easily.
Of course, their differences become more apparant as the season progresses. Once their *dad* comes for a visit you can tell they’ll never reconcile.
Talking of dad aka God. What an interesting addition this was! When he first popped up in the final episode of the first half of the season, I really wasn’t sure what to make of it. How would this pan out? Will I like this addition? Will it work in the context of the show? Turns out it did! God made for some great and also hilarious interactions. Like Daniel, when he realized he had boned God’s exwife. Or Ella who was dealing with personal issues and God had a heart-to-heart with her. That was a lovely scene! And of course, let’s not forget about the emotional scenes she shared with his children, and Lucifer in particular.
Lucifer’s interactions with God and his perception of his father’s feelings directly affected his realtionship with the Detective. Is he even capable of love? How can he deal with all his family issues and move on from them to be in a healthy relationship. It’s amazing how far the two came in this season. This evolution was really well written and I appreciate that I panned out the way it did.
Let’s briefly talk about some very special episodes we got this season. There is the black and white noir style one, where Lucifer talks about Maze’s mom. This episode had no right to work this well in the context of the show, but it did! Then there is the musical episode, which I simply loved. I’ll take any excuse I can get to hear Tom Ellis singing. And finally the Daniel Espinoza one. What a ride that one was! They really managed to surprise me and I hadn’t seen the big reveal coming.
Last but not least, we need to talk about the two final episodes. They made me feel all the feels. I cried. It wasn’t pretty. It’s especially the penultimate one that stood out to me. Daniel passing away, Chloe and Trixi grieving, everybody showing up at the hospital. It was so intense, so well written! Probably the best episode in the entire show so far. To be honest, the very last episode was amazing but just did not quite measure up to that. I don’t really have anything to complain about, but it just didn’t hit me as hard. It was a beautiful ending though and I am so excited to see how this will affect things for the next season. There’ll be so much to see and to explore!
What a season! Who could have expected it would end with Lucifer battling all the other angels and becoming God? Or that Chloe would ever in a million years quit her job at the LAPD? To be fair, that part still feels a bit flimsy to me, but whatever. I’m prepared to overlook that. Right now, I’m just really excited for the next season!
Did you watch the season? Let me know in the comments what you think!