In Review: Lucifer – Pilot Episode

When the murder of a friend connects him with an LAPD Detective Chloe Dancer, Lucifer becomes intrigued with the idea of punishing criminals.

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.


Lucifer - Pilot Episode
  • Tom Ellis's performance
  • It's an anorexically disguised police procedural
  • Story
  • Acting
  • CGI
  • Incidental Music

Ian Cullen is the founder of and has been a fan of science fiction and fantasy from birth. In the past few years he has written for 'Star Trek' Magazine as well as interviewed numerous comics writers, television producers and actors for the SFP-NOW podcast at: When he is not writing for Ian enjoys playing his guitar, studying music, watching movies and reading his comics. Ian is both the founder and owner of You can contact ian at: [email protected]
3 Comments on this post.
  • Jonathan Bryant
    27 January 2016 at 2:08 pm -

    I read the entire Lucifer run in its graphic novel collection a couple of years ago and I loved it, had some similarities to Preacher which I also loved, both of which were so far outide my usual superhero comic book fare.

    I felt Lucifer had less humour than Preacher certainly it had no one like Irish Vampire Cassidy and its lead characteer being the Devil I don’t think could really be described as charming. A calculating unfeeling motherf***er would surely be a better description.

    I often thought that this series was too big and too dark for a movie so tv would be the best medium for it, although I was thinking more of HBO or Showtime any cable channel that has more freedom on bad language and violence than the mainstream American channels.

    From the trailer I have just had the overwhelming sense that this could be a car crash, in it Lucifer is seemingly a charming rogue, dashing but somewhat smug and the tone seemed too light. Only DB Woodside as the Angel seemed to project the menace that a character from the comics had. Although it felt similar to the Hard ass mysterious Angel Harold Perrineau played in Constantine last year.

    Tom Ellis maybe a good actor I don’t know as I have never seen him in anything, but he seems miscast to me. As does the lady playing the detective who played a paramedic on Chicago Fire before this.

    From that trailer I got a Sleepy Hollow vibe, light throwaway nonsense to watch with only half your focus on it and still be able to follow the plot.

    I will give it a go if it comes on UK tv, as I maybe wrong it might not be too bad as I think the writers of the original comic have said positive things and this series might be a prequel so maybe they will, if it survives beyond the first six episodes once the X-Files lead in is finished and get to the source material and be able to adapt it.

    I won’t not hold my breath though.

    • Ian Cullen
      27 January 2016 at 9:24 pm -

      Hi Jonathon,

      Thanks for you input on this.

      My review was sort of kind in so many ways because it was a police procedural trying to capitalize on the comics trend and if honest the NBC show of Constantine was much better and possibly a truer interpretation of the comics.

      Tom Ellis is what makes Lucifer the series watchable, but everything else is kind of been there seen it wore the T Shirt kind of thing. In fact the worst epsiodes of Sleepy Hollow are probably more engaging.

      But as light drama that you can watch while sorting through your accounts or tweeting on twitter and such. It works. But light drama is all Lucifer really is. Like you said. HBO or Starz would probably be best suited to doing a truer interpretation of the comic book series.

      Am not sure if it will make UK TV. But if you have Amazon Video or get Amazon Prime you can watch it on a weekly basis via their streaming service.

      Id be interested to hear you thoughts once you get chance to watch an episode.

  • Raissa Devereux (@RaissaDevereux)
    27 January 2016 at 4:37 pm -

    Ellis rocked. I found the show going on around him tedious.

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