The first episode of the new series Lucifer premiered on the 25th January 2016.
I had been waiting for Lucifer to come out on screen for months. It appealed to me, first and foremost, because it’s based on a side character found in Neil Gaiman’s The Sandman comics, and I am a big Neil Gaiman fan. Secondly, I’m also fascinated by the process of anthropomorphic personification – that is, when a human trait or emotion, such as death, love, hate or malice, is personified into one single entity. This is very much like Piers Anthony did in his Incarnation of Immortality book series, or the movie Meet Joe Black, where Brad Pitt personified ‘Death’. Gaiman uses this technique in The Sandman comics to tell the story of the character of ‘Dream’, that is, Morpheus.
So, to get back to Lucifer, the character in this case was first adapted by Mike Carey from Neil Gaiman’s The Sandman into a DC comic book spin-off of his own. After this, FOX T.V. came up with the idea of creating a series about him – and there you have it.
Wikipedia briefly describes the series as being about Lucifer Morningstar, who gets bored of hell, resigns his throne, and goes to live in Los Angeles. While he’s there, he’s not only the owner of a bar, but also likes to play detective with the local police hottie.
As I’m sure you’ve already noticed, yes, I was disappointed, and no, I did not like it.
First of all, it was too Americanised. Now, I usually love American series and movies. I enjoy the American style and flair, not to mention the humour. However, the series seemed to be all about the ‘look how hot I am’ attitude, without having any actual flair to it at all. All Lucifer was interested in was being nice and charming. Honestly, I thought he’d be darker, grittier or at least more realistic. The only thing he seemed to have learned after experiencing thousands of years in hell watching humanity evolve and fail again – after watching all kinds of people suffer for their mistakes – was how to drive his flashy car.
All the people we encounter in the episode are young and hot. How’s that for realism? Why do all these people want to get laid? Where is the drama, the emotion, the psychology behind it all? Lucifer, we are told, has the power to make everyone tell him their most deep secret desires. All we hear about is sex, money, sex, money, and then more sex. Are these the only things people want? What about better health for a loved one? What about wanting someone who died to come back to life perhaps? What about some psychological depth for a change? Everyone seems to have the emotional depth of a teaspoon.
Was Neil Gaiman’s original character in the comics this way? I admit, I do not know, as I have never read them. Yes, I’ve read all of Gaiman’s novels and seen the respective movies from Neverwhere (1996) to Stardust (2007) to Coraline (2009). I must add that these were all amazing and original, but I have not read his ground-breaking comic books. After this, I think I’m going to, if only to compare this character to the original one.
However, comic books apart, even if taken as a standalone series, Lucifer really sucks. It’s a kind of wannabe mish-mash of Supernatural and Californication.
To conclude, no I will not continue to watch more episodes of this T.V series. I understand that this was only the first episode, and that with time, the story may get better or have a deeper plot line and characters, however this first pilot episode has really put me off – kind of like a first date gone wrong, if you know what I mean. So, it’s too late now, I’m really not interested in a second date, or a second episode. I have better things to do with my time, like wash my hair or clean out the refrigerator.
Have you watched Lucifer? What do you think?
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