Lucifer: 3.21 Anything Pierce can do I can do Better
The end of last week's episode saw an enraged Lucifer breaking into Pierce's house, only to find that his mark was gone. Events picks up rigjt from there, with Pierce explaining to Lucifer that he was trying to get Chloe to fall in love with him, because he thinks it is Chloe's love that makes both him and Lucifer vulnerable.
The idea that Chloe loving them would cause their vulnerability; having someone care for you will mean you are no longer as guarded, doesn't make much sense to me. If anything, I would of thought the opposite to be true; that it is Lucifer and Pierce's love for Chloe (and both of them do admit this episode that they love her), that is making the both of them vulnerable. They care for her so are prone to acting differently, such as Lucifer avoiding anything that may cause his Father to strike Chloe down in divine retribution, their attempts to protect her are what make them vulnerable. Though it could also be argued that it isn't simply the love they feel for her, or her for them, making them vulnerable, but rather that it makes them more human. In feeling that love, both Pierce and Lucifer are at their most human, and their resulting vulnerability is a physical manifestation of that. All of that may sound a little convoluted, but with all the twists and turns that Lucifer has taken over the past few episodes, I wouldn't be surprised if something of this sort was one of the big reveals in the season finale.
As Pierce realises his love for Chloe, he also realises that he doesn't want to die anymore; with Chloe he can grow old with someone for the first time. This leads to Pierce attempting to win Chloe back, and Lucifer attempting to compete with him for her affections. At first this consists of gifts, a car full of roses from Pierce, and an actual car from Lucifer. Then through actions, then through romantic dinners.
It is at the point of being given a car that Chloe realises what Lucifer is really doing. It is what he always does. I have brought it up before and I'll probably bring it up again, but I don't understand why Lucifer is constantly written as unaware of how to deal with emotional situations, especially when they seem to be something he has with Chloe every single week. While I understand that after millennia of ruling Hell and being emotionally detached it would equally as unrealistic for him to be written as a super emotionally aware and considerate character, this lack of development seems a bit much. Its just a cycle going round and round of Lucifer having a problem, usually about Chloe, then they have a case which is a thinly veiled metaphor for said problem, and finally, often with the help of his fairy god therapist Linda, Lucifer works out how to get past said problem.
Yes, Lucifer is a police procedural, so there is going to be a sense of repetition. But where CSI had a wider cast of characters and it often didn't matter what order you watched the episodes in, Lucifer isn't like that. The overarching story of the Pierce-Chloe-Lucifer love triangle has taken over from everything else, and it is just boring. Not only am I tired of Lucifer and Chloe's constant will they/won't they, but love triangles in general are a tired trope. Crazy Ex-Girlfriend manages to do it quite well by having something actually happen between the characters involved rather than just Lucifer sitting around like a particularly sad puppy each week.
Just a Lucifer finally realises that, rather than giving grand gestures, he just need to tell Chloe how he feels, his confession is usurped. By Pierce proposing to Chloe. Chloe then says yes as Lucifer look forlornly on from outside the patio window.
Honestly, I am just confused by this. Sure Pierce has just realised that he can actually have a somewhat normal life, but marriage? As a way to get back together? Really? And why would Chloe say yes? Not only has she spent the whole episode saying she isn't sure she can trust him, but she also says yes without consulting Trixie or thinking about the practicalities of them being married. Consider how she is characterised as a level headed person who puts her child first; it seems out of character for her to just say yes without thinking about it.
It is a ham-fisted way of giving the season finale a memorable climax without there being a big bad, as there usually is in US genre shows. But its just another tired trope. A rushed wedding, that will probably end badly, or not happen at all, leaving us to have to watch another bout of will they/won't they nonsense. I'm just bored of it. The only thing that would really surprise me was if Pierce and Chloe got married and stayed together happily for the rest of the show. But even then, while I wouldn't like it very much. I have never understood why rushing to get married or getting married at all is still such an important part of so many television narratives, why can't people just be together and co-habit? Why is marriage any more romantic? It might just be me, but it would be nice to see something different for a change.
While I plan on finishing this season of Lucifer, the jury is out as to whether or not I am actually going to want to watch the next one. And please someone just tell Chloe about the divine already, this is getting ridiculous.