The Horror Honeys: Lucifer ~ Don't Be Stubborn and You Might Like It!

Lucifer ~ Don't Be Stubborn and You Might Like It!

A Pilot Episode Review with Revenge Honey Linnie

Lucifer (2016 - )

Since the announcement that Fox was adapting a television show based on Neil Gaiman's version of the devil from his Sandman series of graphic novels, and later, his own series, Lucifer, NG fans have been skeptical. That skepticism increased ten-fold when the initial show trailers were released, and Tom Ellis' Lucifer was alarmingly physically different from Gaiman's version. Additionally, it seemed that Lucifer wasn't going to have much in common with the mythology of the comic, and after watching the pilot, I can confirm... it doesn't.

But if you break yourself out of the mindset that everything has to be 100% faithful to the source material, and just allow yourself to shut your yap and enjoy something, Lucifer is entertaining! For the most part, anyway.

I dare you to tell me you wouldn't give this man your soul
in exchange for an ice cube.
The Story: Lucifer Morningstar (Ellis) has decided to defy God and take a vacation, relocating to Los Angeles where he runs a piano bar called Lux. He has the power to elicit people to tell them his inner-most desires, and because he's immortal, he can do pretty much whatever he wants. Add on to that the fact he's devastatingly handsome, and old Lucifer can do pretty much whatever he wants. But when a young starlet is murdered in front of Lux, Lucifer finds himself pairing up with Detective Chloe Dancer (Laura German) to solve the case.

Damn.

And this is where Lucifer gets a little... meh. Don't get me wrong; I love me some police procedurals. There is hardly a police procedural on TV that I don't watch. But Lucifer jumped from sexy, irreverent, and lovably blasphemous, to a combination of The Mentalist, Castle, and Law & Order: Los Angeles. Which isn't to say it's bad, it was just a bit jarring. And I can see how fans of the comic might be left feeling less than alight with joy.


But none of that is to say that I didn't enjoy Lucifer, because I did. The cast is more than solid. Tom Ellis is charming as hell, and he's a devil that I wouldn't think twice about selling my soul too. Laura German, who I really liked on Chicago Fire, makes the perfect LA detective with a distinctly Hollywood past. I was also really thrilled to see Kevin Alejandro (Jesus on True Blood and Sebastian Blood on Arrow) in the mix as Chloe's ex, Dan. Supporting roles from D.B. Woodside and Lesley-Ann Brandt as Lucifer's right-hand lady Mezikeen haven't been fleshed out yet, but Brandt especially shows promise.

RAWR

Having only seen the pilot, it's hard to gauge if the "crime of the week" format will work for a show that is so metaphysical by design, but there is enough good that I am more than willing to stick it out for a few more episodes!

Revenge Honey Rating: 3 & 1/2 sexy devils out of 5

Lucifer airs on Fox on Mondays at 9pm Eastern & Pacific!

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