DIRECTOR: Len Wiseman
WRITERS: Tom Kapinos
CAST: Tom Ellis (Lucifer Morningstar), Lauren German (Chloe Dancer), Lesley-Ann Brandt (Mazikeen), Dan (Kevin Alejandro), Rachael Harris (Linda), D.B. Woodside (Amenadiel)
Lucifer follows the story of Lucifer Morningstar (Tom Ellis) who’s a fallen angel that ends up becoming the Devil, who then decides to leave hell due to being bored with it for a life on Earth.
This life on Earth is in Los Angels, as devilish a nightclub owner, who has ability to get humans to tell him their darkest secrets by just simply asking, which Lucifer takes advantage of. Though Lucifer time on Earth isn’t all fun and games, as Amenadiel (D.B. Woodside ) who’s an angel from Heaven, often comes down to remind Lucifer who he is and what his placement is, put forth by God. Then there’s his best friend Mazikeen (Lesley-Ann Brandt), who’s a demon and likes to remind Lucifer what he truly is, she’s not seen much in the episode, so it was hard to get a real grip of the character and what she has to offer.
The episode starts going into motion once Lucifer witnesses the murder of a once former club employee, who’s now a famous singer, that he was fond of. Due to this he decides to take it upon himself to solve the case as to whom killed her, which leads to the series quickly becoming a crime procedural, as the character of Chloe Dancer (Lauren German) get introduced, who is a homicide detective as a member of the LAPD and starts to work along side of Lucifer, not so much by choice, but being it forced upon by Lucifer himself.
Chloe herself is an also interesting character, as she’s a single mother, who’s trying to prove himself as a homicide detective after what seems to be, as the story goes, messing up a previous case, to that of her ex-husband Dan (Kevin Alejandro).
As their interaction continues, Lucifer than discovers that his abilities doesn’t work on Chloe, which in a way it intrigues him and sets Chloe apart from everyone else.
The elements within this pilot episode that stood out the most were the fact that Tom Ellis as Lucifer is charming and manages to carry the comedic moments very well, along with Lauren German, who both she and Ellis have great chemistry with each other. That helped move the series along in a very enjoyable way, as the bickering between the two lead characters, created some great laughable moments.
Though the downfall of the series is that it’s a procedural or at least the pilot episode was, which was a turn off and did lead to some uninteresting moments in the episode. If the series continues with the procedural angle, it might bored audience members, as that format on television has become redundant.
Outside from that, overall everything else worked very well, from the cast of actors, the writing, down to the cinematography of the episode. Those strong elements of the episode, is what’s going to keep this series on the air.
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