It’s been a while since I’ve been actively involved in a Fandom. I’ve been a fan of lots of things over the years (Star Trek (TOS), Star Wars, Tolkien, etc.) but generally at the “hey, that’s cool” level, perhaps with a side of “let me watch other things these actors are in” or “let me read other things about this program/movie/book and the actors.” Probably NewWho was the last one I was really engaged in, and that was back during the Tennant years – I never really warmed to Matt Smith.
Well, now I’ve gotten the Lucifer bug, and I’ve been doing a little thinking about why I like it so much as we wait, not very patiently, for Season 4. (Coming to Netflix May 8th! #LuciferSaved)
First off, I find the writing amusing. I have a soft spot for stories where the audience has just a tiny bit more clue than the characters, and I find the dialogue (both the written and the ad lib bits) charming. I like wordplay, and I like humor at this level. It suits my combination of rude-ten-year-old and grown-up senses of humor. I also, when it comes down to it, like flirting. I don’t do it much anymore, and certainly Lucifer’s style is completely Over The Top, but it amuses me. The assorted sexual-tension-dynamics feel rather more realistic than in some other programs. The showrunners and writing room have done a great job of keeping the episodes different but keeping the overarching season arcs consistent.
I am a huge sucker for music used well in movies/TV. Forty years in, the initial New Hope crawl makes me tear up, and the music is the reason that I am still startled by the final ‘chase’ scene in Terminator (even though it’s been out for years as well.) Whoever selects the music for Lucifer is a genius and has fantastic wide-ranging musical tastes. The music in this show is used really well, and I have expanded my playlists a lot as a result.
This is going to sound like a weird thing, but they also have a genius running lights. They manage to light the characters brilliantly (ha ha) and really coordinate the lighting with the mood. They catch the characters’ expressions and their eyes gracefully, particular for the title character (who is the Lightbringer, after all.)
Speaking of characters, I really, really like a bunch of the characters, particularly the ‘secondary’ ones. Linda Martin (played by the incomparable Rachael Harris) provides a perfect foil for many of the other characters (Maze, Amenadiel, Lucifer, even Chloe occasionally) and her wisdom and insights provide a sensible contrast to Lucifer’s sometimes clueless and warped world view. Maze (played by the stunning Lesley-Ann Brandt) isn’t always a ‘good’ character (what do you expect from Hell’s greatest torturer?) but she’s sympathetic and her occasional inability to recognize and cope with human emotions is, well, sympathetic in its own way. Plus she kicks ass.
Trixie gets her own paragraph. I am not (generally) a ‘kid person’. However, Trixie (“That’s a hooker’s name”) has reached the age where she is smart but not too smart, can still be bought off with chocolate cake, is wise beyond her years one moment and utterly seven or eight the next moment. I haven’t seen Scarlett Estevez in anything else, but in this role, she knocks it out of the park (and if the behind-the-scenes shots are any indication, she’s just a sweet, smart, funny kid.)
Ella gets her own paragraph too, because I have a huge fangirl thing for the lovely Aimee Garcia (who I just found out is much older than I guessed!) I respect people who use their positions in the public eye for good, and she certainly does. She’s also super approachable and really connects with fans, which is fun to watch, and her character in the show as smartass, nerdy, funny forensic scientist Ella Lopez is a delight. Just a delight. Full stop. There are a lot of days where an Ella-hug would be great.
It took me a while to warm up to Lauren German‘s Chloe Decker and Kevin Alejandro‘s Dan Espinoza (aka Detective Douche), I think in part because they’re so often at the mercy of Lucifer’s hijinks and terrible joking. That said, I have warmed up to them, and they’re both funny and clever. Their attempts to navigate co-parenting and their respective relationship issues are both amusing and heartbreaking.
And of course, there’s Tom Ellis. Full disclosure, I’ve had my eye on him since his appearance in Doctor Who back in 2007, and he has matured into a funny, thoughtful actor. (If you haven’t seen Miranda, it’s cringeworthy and hilarious!) I’ve been listening to a lot of interviews with him, and he seems like a genuine person who loves his work, his family, etc. He’s also beautiful as the day is long.
The series is loosely based on the characters from the Neil Gaiman comic. It was dropped by Fox after three seasons, and picked up by Netflix last May after an impassioned campaign by fans and the cast. The first season from Netflix is dropping on May 8, and I can’t wait!