Lucifer: 1.13 Take Me Back to Hell
Lucifer wrapped up its first season this week but I'm not quite sure whether it actually went anywhere. With the stakes raised - well Lucifer framed for murder - there was a little less room for the usual quips and it all went rather dramatic at times. The trouble is, I like Lucifer because it is fun and the tease of bigger supernatural showdown to come. But come the end of Take Me Back to Hell, the show was still teasing the bigger elements at play without every really wrapping anything up.
Perhaps it's because I've watched hours of shows like Buffy The Vampire Slayer, Angel and Supernatural and because this show resembles something closer to Castle than any of those but the big showdown between Lucifer, Amenadiel and Mazikeen didn't really develop. The focus was on one resurrected crooked cop and while Kevin Rankin delivered a rather vile villain in Malcolm, his character felt more suited for an episode of the week than a season finale. Castle at least has pulled some pretty dramatic stuff out of the bag when it needs to, but for a show about the Devil, this was all relatively low key. Malcolm holding Trixie hostage in return for a large bag of cash was pretty much the pinnacle of the threat at play.
After thirteen episodes, I've resigned myself to that fact that Lucifer as a whole is largely superfluous. It has great potential and perhaps the escape of 'Mum' might elevate things in season two but it is always going to play with the supernatural elements rather loosely. There are no murder investigations as a result of something breaking free of Hell while the Devil was on vacation; it's actually all about how he adapts to life on Earth and that will probably keep me going as long as it keeps up the fun and charm, particularly from Tom Ellis's performance.
And there were some fun moments in the finale. The partnerships of Lucifer and Amenadiel and Chloe and Mazikeen for one. Both have the same goals, to find the real killer Malcolm and clear Lucifer's name. The two brothers shared a great scene with the exasperated but sadly underused Linda and then took on a band of gunmen in spectacular style. The women had a bit of tense but lively banter but it didn't fulfil that potential; I did love the offhand way she mentioned not killing Chloe while she watched her sleep.
But in the end it both wrapped everything up and failed to deliver answers. Lucifer was shot and killed by Malcolm but brought back to Earth by his 'father' presumably because of his good acts and because by leaving he had let Mum escape. And there was clearly a resolution of hostilities between Lucifer and Amenadiel and Chloe and Mazikeen, with the latter saving the angel's life. But we learned nothing more about Chloe and why she makes him vulnerable. And surely she has to believe he is more than a man who thinks he's the Devil now? If she doesn't believe by the time season two comes around, she will quickly become one of the most stupid characters on TV. But better than Dan who sadly fades into obscurity. He did the right thing and confessed to his actions, but sadly I didn't really care.
Lucifer ended with few answers and much of the same. Which is still fun if a little frustrating. The season two cases need to get stronger, the human characters need to get more personality and open their eyes to what is happening and we need more therapy sessions with Linda, because frankly they're some of the best moments in the show. I end season one certainly wanting to watch more, but not expecting big things. It is still definitely worth watching and if you haven't caught up on the whole season, it's available here in the UK on Amazon Prime. It's worth it for Tom Ellis's performance alone.