Howdy people, yesterday I had the chance to watch the first episode of Lucifer on Amazon Instant Video and I wanted to pass my thoughts on it. Now I’d heard about this show months before it came out as another comic book adaptation, but since I wasn’t familiar with the source material I left it alone. However, with my uncle being a comic book fan posting his thoughts online I had to give it a watch.
This show reminds me a lot of NBC’s Constantine in that both shows have good first introductions, set up the format for the weekly episodes and deal with supernatural elements concealed within the real world. What I liked about Lucifer was the mythology, the concept of the main character being a devil-like being who has left hell and has the ability to get the truth out of people, it was very fascinating, and while not all of the details were revealed about Lucifer’s life before being on Earth and how long he’s been there, or about the complications involving his father and Amenadiel, there’s plenty to like and get invested in for this pilot episode. I will admit that the show for all of its unique elements, it also felt a bit predictable with some of the story and character beats, some of it felt like your standard cop show drama and at times there wasn’t too many significant aspects that would make this show above average. Luckily the story was interesting enough and set a solid foundation for better things to come.
The cast is good with some people starting out more than others. Tom Ellis is the best as Lucifer Morningstar, the man is charismatic, charming, confident and very interesting to watch when using his powers and finding out what motivated him to do what he does. Lauren German as Chloe Decker does come across as another generic confident and badass cop that doesn’t take shit from anyone with a potential soft side and future relationship with Lucifer, German’s performance was good, but the character, besides being immune to Lucifer’s abilities, doesn’t seem as interesting so far. Kevin Alejandro is another standard douche as Dan, the detective who’s also Chloe’s ex-husband. Seeing D. B. Woodside after all these years as Amenadiel was fun and hope his character will have a bigger part to play later on, Lesley-Ann Brandt was good as Maze and Scarlett Estevez as Beatrice (aka Trixie) was very cute and likeable as Chloe’s daughter. Oh and finally Rachael Harris is delightful as Dr. Linda Martin.
In conclusion the first episode of Lucifer was alright, the show definitely showed signs of promise with some of the mythology and the budding partnership of Lucifer and Decker, however it wasn’t great and has room to improve.