Synopsis: When the murder of a friend connects him with an LAPD Detective Chloe Dancer, Lucifer becomes intrigued with the idea of punishing criminals.
Review: Loosely based on the comic book spin-off of Neil Gaiman’s ‘Sandman’ this series starring Tom Ellis operates more like a police procedural with its fair share of sarcastic humour and thinly veiled innuendo.
Tom Ellis is suitably cast as the somewhat charming and smarmy Lucifer who has the ability to tap into the unspoken desires of human beings and give them a little push.
Basically Lucifer has taken a holiday from hell and has based himself in Los Angeles in which he owns and runs a night club.
Tom Ellis is perfectly cast here, but if you stand any chance of getting any fun from this show. You’ll have to think of it as something that is separate from the comic book series. The two have very little in common.
When his friend Delilah is murdered Lucifer feels compelled to investigate in order to get some justice. His investigation sees him cross paths with an LAPD Detective whose career has taken a hit. So she’s looking for a win.
The scene where Lucifer walks into Delilah’s ex boyfriend’s home and said he hated hip hop to one of the most famous fictional rappers was great fun. Especially given the way in which Ellis fearlessly went right for it.
Lets face it. Its a silly show. And one that is not to be taken to seriously. The relationship between Lucifer and Detective Chloe is interesting in so far as she seems totally immune to Lucifer’s power, which is something that both intrigues and disturbs him.
Whether that is enough to make this show last remains to be seen.
Given the fact that we have had strong original comic book fare in recent months such as Jessica Jones and Daredevil. It remains to be seen if Lucifer has legs.
It was all right, but wasn’t great. Its probably got more in common with procedurals such as Bones and the like than it has with the comic book and the only thing that really redeemed it for me was Tom Ellis’s go for it attitude in regards to delivering such a flawless performance with what is can only be described as some rather silly ideas.
Viewing this just made me sad that ‘Constantine’ got cancelled last year. That was a far superior show in my opinion.
We can only hope that this show finds its way in the next few weeks. If not it will likely be on its way to hell and back and back again as it awaits pending cancellation.
‘Lucifer’ is available to watch on Amazon Video and airs in the US on Fox Network.
- Tom Ellis's performance
- It's an anorexically disguised police procedural
- Incidental Music8.0