I'm a big fan of Neil Gaiman's Lucifer from Sandman and less of the spin-off series which took the basic concept and ran with it in a direction I didn't care for. The premise for those Philistines (just kidding) unfamiliar with Sandman is Lucifer decides to quit being ruler of Hell. He's been at the job for millennium and, bluntly, it sucks. Heading up to planet Earth, he becomes a piano player and leaves all of the damned to their own devices.
The comic spin-off, not by Gaiman, is a complicated story about Lucifer creating his own parallel Creation to God's and trying to escape predestination. It had a young half-angel girl as a central character and a psychotic Lilin who was probably one of the story's more amusing characters. Eventually, it becomes clear God is absolutely awful at his job and should be replaced by someone better.
This isn't a show about the latter.
Thank Elaine (in-joke, sorry).
|They open to "Ain't No Rest For The Wicked." |
Presumably, they're saving "Sympathy for the Devil" for the season finale.
Lucifer's life changes when he meets with one of the few mortals he genuinely likes, though in a sort of vaguely-amused-by-versus love sort of way, and she gets gunned down in his arms. Not omniscient or possessed of any sort of powers we see, save people want to confess their darkest secrets to him, Lucifer decides he wants to find the person who ordered her killed. I like how Lucifer isn't remotely interested in concepts like justice--he's going to find the person who killed his pet mortal and torture the (if you'll pardon the pun) hell out of them.
|Heaven really hates when Lucifer goes off-script.|
The story proceeds pretty much from there with Lucifer choosing to hang around her despite her best efforts to get rid of him (and his failed attempts to charm her which work on everyone else). In the end, they manage to find the party responsible for murdering Lucifer's associate and there's set up for him deciding to amuse himself by helping her solve other cases. In simple terms, Lucifer is basically Castle except with the Devil instead of a mystery writer.
So, what do I think?
I really liked it.
|I won't spoil but this entire scene is HILARIOUS. For a short description: Lucifer in therapy.|
Fans of the comic book should do their best to leave their expectations at the door. Really, this is more similar to Terry Pratchett's Good Omens with a more adult edge than Mike Carey's seminal work. They do seem to mine it more than I expected, though with Mazikeen and a young girl who might be Elaine Belloc's replacement. I'm of the mind Lauren German's character will prove to be the "Elaine" of the story, though.
|Lauren German has a lot of chemistry with Tom Ellis and manages to hold her own despite being the resident Muggle.|
In conclusion, I recommend this for people who don't mind people playing with Christian mythology in a good-natured way rather than totally reversing it. While its still, fundamentally, looking like just another procedural supernatural-themed cop show--I have nothing against procedural supernatural-themed cop shows.