Lucifer: Competent children, badasses and the unfortunate fall women
Lucifer is a show loosely based on the Neil Gaiman comics that follows the Devil after he has ascended to earth having quit as the overlord of hell. Lucifer is suave, charming and able to bring out people's true desires, desires that often turn out to be deviant in nature.
Deviance is a rather large theme of the show in general; after all, what could possibly be more deviant than the devil himself? It is made clear from the get go that sex is a very important part of Lucifer’s life and that romance is not. His ridiculous and downright cringe worthy objectification of women is a source of great exasperation for Chloe Decker and me both.
And this objectification is shown to carry over to when there are multiple women around, and when these women are attracted to each other with the introduction of the ‘Brittany’s’ the sixth episode of the first season. Two women who Maze tries to use to lure Lucifer away from his work with Chloe, referring to them as the after after party. The Brittany’s recur throughout the show, often together, and are a rather irritating continuation of the stereotype of oversexualised bisexuals/ women who have sex with women being there for men’s entertainment.
However, there are also some well-rounded and interesting female characters in the show. The most obvious being Detective Chloe Decker, the police officer Lucifer is a civilian consultant for. In the pilot episode alone, various aspects of her character are established; she is a single mother, she is a by the book cop with no time for corruption and she is completely immune to Lucifer’s charms. Throughout the series her character is more fleshed out in terms of her relationship with others, for example her rocky relationship with her pushy mother and her adoration of her daughter Trixie.
Trixie is another character of note that the show provides, a child character who is actually enjoyable to watch, not just a point of annoyance. She, like her mother, brings a large amount of competence to the screen. As she watches the adults around her bicker and bumble about she seems to take it all in stride, befriending both Lucifer and Mazikeen without a second thought.
Mazikeen, or Maze, is a demon who followed Lucifer when he left hell and her development as a character is something I have both enjoyed and am looking forward too. In the first season Maze is both Lucifer’s protector and a strong advocate of his return to hell, or at least his return to his deviant ways. She is not a fan of Chloe’s or of Lucifer’s new found penchant for ‘helping’ people. Towards the end of the season her character becomes more complex as she embarks on a relationship with the angel Amenadiel and her ulterior motives end up a little on the way side when she actually begins to enjoy his company. The end of the season sees her saving Amenadiel's life and running away.
At the beginning of season two it is revealed as to where, she has been trying to find her place in the world now that it has been made impossible for her to return to hell. She has done this by striking up a friendship with Dr Linda Martin, Lucifer’s therapist. This relationship is something I am really looking forwards to over the course of the season as it is the first main female friendship in the series and it will be interesting to see how Maze’s interactions with humanity will be written now that she is actually trying to be a part of society.
Which brings me to Linda, the last but most certainly not the least of the main female characters in Lucifer. As said above she is Lucifer’s therapist. At the beginning of the season Lucifer uses his powers to get her services for sex rather than money. But in a later episode she stops this as she has a problem with the ethics of the situation but also because she has actually become invested in helping Lucifer, rather than just interested in sleeping with him. Linda is hard working and genuinely cares about Lucifer making emotional progress.
All in all the female cast of Lucifer bring not only most of the emotion in terms of performance but also a lot of the competence and badassery. I am really looking forward to how each of these characters develops as the series goes on. And hopefully the objectification of female side character and cameo parts will decrease as Lucifer gains some form of emotional maturity.