Lucifer: 3.20 The Angel of San Bernardino
After a two week break Lucifer is back and there has once again been a murder, only this time there seems to be an angelic twist. When a lodger is shot, his land lady claims to have been saved from the same fate by a guardian angel. So, while Chloe and Pierce are actually looking for the killer, Lucifer is distracted by the idea that he may be this lady's sleep-flying guardian angel.
This leads to Lucifer spending a week in a drug fueled montage of sex and antics in order to keep himself awake. With a notable lack of men other than Lucifer involved. Near the beginning of the episode, Lucifer is excited to tell Chloe that he woke up alone, specifically saying to Pierce, who is also there 'getting in the way' of Lucifer and Chloe's partnership, that he usually wakes up with 'a woman, a man, or both.' I know I sound like a bit of a broken record, but so does Lucifer. The hints and comments are endless. but they never follow through. We get it; Lucifer likes guys too, so why don't we ever see him with them during the numerous sex scenes in the show? This is queer baiting at its finest. At this point all I can do is roll my eyes.
With shows like Supergirl, Arrow and Crazy Ex-Girlfriend on air it is truly baffling that the writers of Lucifer think their breadcrumbs of LGBT+ representation are in any way adequate. Sure they are acknowledging that Lucifer isn't straight, which is a step up for the rampant denial from Supernatural. But they could just be doing so much more. I know it would be a risk to have a lead in a genre show be LGBT+ and actually, visibly act on it, but it's about bloody time. You would have thought a show about a fallen angel could take that leap of faith.
After his week of frivolity, Lucifer rejoins the case, only to discover that the whole 'guardian angel' thing was made up by Maze to distract him from Pierce and Chloe's relationship. Seeing this was some how both satisfying and incredibly saddening. Of all the characters on the show who have been wronged by Lucifer, Maze is the one who has suffered the most. She left her home to protect Lucifer. She stayed by his side even though he didn't care about her at all, and she remained his friend even when it became obvious that she was only ever second choice. So it was nice to see her get back at him, but also heartbreaking to see how all the progress she has made has been undone.
The fact that this scene was to emotional is just a testament to Tom Ellis and Lesley-Ann Brandt's acting skills. Brandt has been particularly amazing over the past few weeks in portraying how betrayed and angry Maze is. But there is a difference to how angry she was at the beginning of season one; this time it is more vulnerable, more obvious that she cares and that her feelings have been hurt. Paired with Ellis' erratic, twitchy and sleep deprived Lucifer, it make for a poignant scene. The relationship between Maze and Lucifer is one of the most complex of the series and this scene does a lot to exemplify that.
Meanwhile, Pierce has fully revealed his intention to get Chloe to love him in order to get rid of his mark. I am not quite sure how he came to that conclusion, but there it is. After a few episodes of seduction and cute dates and Pierce meeting Trixie. Chloe is ready to say 'I love you'. To give Pierce what he wants, his death. But at the last moment Pierce can't go through with it, he pulls away and runs from Chloe's apartment. This I really wasn't expecting. Then, once Lucifer confronts Pierce in his home, it is revealed that the mark is gone. So it wasn't that Chloe needed to love Pierce, but rather that he needed to love Chloe.
Whilst I understand that Lucifer, being a police procedural, is going to have a fromula, the past few episodes have felt repetitive. This may be because of my relative lack of interest in the characters over arching plots, or it may be because they need to change up their formula. Each week's crime is a thinly veiled allegory for a specific problem that Lucifer is facing in his life; it is usually something to do with either Chloe or his father. But with his lack of character development and tendency to just snap back to his old ways at the beginning of each episode (that I have been complaining about for weeks) these allegories are just getting tired.
So, this development with Pierce's mark was a nice surprise. I was't expecting it, but it also makes perfect sense. It gives me hope that, if Chloe decides to be with someone who genuinely and unselfishly loves her and wants the best for her, Lucifer will finally move on. This is unlikely to happen, but hopefully it will either get him to pull his finger out and show Chloe his wings.
It will also be intriguing to see what happens to Pierce.This entire season has asked the question -is Pierce good or is Pierce evil? After this development I am excited to see what happens over the next few weeks. Especially since it is rare to see an american genre show go a full season without any real 'big bad'.
Who is Marcus Pierce? Who is Chloe going to choose? And will she final learn about the divine?