Lucifer: 3.02 The One With The Baby Carrot
Lucifer's wings are back.... again, and they are interrupting his sex life. It seems they are here to stay whether he likes it or not. Even with Linda's guidance to maybe accept this new situation, Lucifer still despises having the wings, deciding at the end of the episode that instead of cutting them off again he is just going to ignore them.
Whilst Lucifer is deliberating through this he doesn't realise the effect he is having on Amenadiel. To Amenadiel, who can't grow back his wings, it is incredibly painful to see Lucifer treat his so flippantly. Not only is Lucifer cutting them off, he is also leaving them in plain sight where anyone could see them. So, Amenadiel recruits Linda to help him dispose of Lucifer's wings. This reveals to Amenadiel that Lucifer is the test given to him by God and is what prompts Linda to encourage Lucifer to accept his wings as part of him.
Whilst I can understand the frustration that Amenadiel feels towards Lucifer, I still think Lucifer is the more sympathetic character in this situation. Where Amenadiel is loved by God and loves him back, Lucifer's relationship with God is one of bad communication and abuse. Why should Lucifer want his wings when all they are a reminder of that relationship?
Meanwhile at the station, Lucifer's mind is on finding the Sinnerman after last week's murderous ending. However, Chloe is still very apprehensive. She reveals that the Sinnerman is an urban myth among police and doesn't want the Lieutenant hearing about it because she think he won't take her seriously after that. So she directs Lucifer's attention to the case of the week, a murdered comedian who had recently accused another, more successful, comedian of stealing his jokes.
As it turns out, Ella is a huge fan of of said more successful comedian, who goes by the name of Bobby Lowe. Ella has always been portrayed as an excitable character and a bit of a fangirl, but this episode lays it on extra thick, to the point where it is a little annoying. When Lucifer and Chloe go to see Bobby to talk to him, Ella insists on coming to 'look at evidence' and refuses to believe that is anything other innocent of both the murder and of stealing jokes.
As a fangirl myself I can understand the impulse to be awestruck by the people you are a fan of, but the way Ella acts so oblivious to any of Bobby's faults seems over the top. While Ella has previously been portrayed as excitable she has also been shown to be wise and competent, so why should Bobby Lowe be any exception? It sort of felt like they were taking the piss out of the extreme behaviours of some fans, which isn't particularly nice. While I understand that fans can get out of hand, it seems rude to take the piss out of your viewers, or to give some viewers the sense of superiority that comes with thinking it is the other fans of the show that are like that and not them.
While Lucifer is 'focusing' on the comedian case his hunt for the Sinnerman falls to the way side. Until Lieutenant Pierce turns up at the penthouse on night to tell Lucifer that the Sinnerman is in fact real and the someone close to Pierce was killed by the Sinnerman back in Chicago (which prompted him to move to LA). As to who this 'someone close' was we do not know as the dialogue was deliberately vague. My immediate thought was that it was a lover/spouse, which is potentially problematic. One, if it was a female lover/spouse then it is continuing a tradition of female characters dying in order to motivate/initiate men's stories. Or if it was a male lover/spouse then it plays into the bury your gays trope.
Neither of these options are particularly appealing. However, it would be nice to have an openly and vocally LGBT+ character on Lucifer's main cast. In no small part because it may lead to a further exploration of Lucifer's bi/pansexuality. However, the 'someone close' may have not been a lover/spouse at all, they could have been a child or a family member. Either way this isn't what I was expecting from the Lieutenant, so I am intrigued as to where it will go next.
The only major downfall of this episode was, again, the lack of Maze and Trixie. Whilst I agree that Trixie is at her best when used sparingly, especially when the Sinnerman story is looking to be quite dark, I miss Maze. Her engagement with humanity and the friendships she was beginning to build were one of the highlights of season two, and I am sincerely hoping for more of that this season.
The episode ends with Lucifer deciding that part of the reason that the Sinnerman is moving in on is favours shtick is because he has been out of the game for so long. He takes that as his cue to get back into it. I have no doubt that these new favours are going to lead to chaos and mischief throughout the rest of the season. I am looking forward to it.