As with anything comic book related, I had a chance to watch an early release of the Lucifer pilot. For a FOX program it was surprisingly very well done. Certainly a step up from Gotham, this writer has no love for that train wreck but I digress. However while watching the pilot I was filled with forlorn despair. This series is nothing more than Constantine. Now, I know the two comics are different series and completely different characters but the feel and nature of the pilot of Lucifer felt like someone was watching Constantine and taking notes. Now naturally this would fill me with glee but if Lucifer makes it to a second season, as it should if the rest of the series keeps in line with the pilot, it would however serve as an utter injustice to Constantine.
As for the pilot, it was fantastic! It doesn’t bog you down with why and where and how. It simply starts and it tells you all you need to know. This is Lucifer Morningstar and he doesn’t want any part of Hell any more so he left. He hangs in a nightclub with other demons and supernatural beings. The Morningstar has become a lounge lizard playing the piano and he’s okay with that!
Lucifer Morningstar is not your typical demon. He doesn’t walk around with wings and a pointed tail. He’s sexy and he knows he’s too sexy as he says it’s all part of his charm. What he does do though is care. He cares about mortals as is so easily shown in the pilot, however he also believes that our actions are left up to ourselves to decide. It is every bit as classic religious debates concerning the subject of choice. There is no selling your soul to this Lucifer, he just points you in the direction you want to go for your desires and whatever happens along the way is on you.
This Lucifer also happens to care what becomes of his friends. Case in point, in the pilot, Lucifer once helped a down and out waitress; Delilah, become a major pop sensation. She seeks him out in the beginning of the pilot to make sure she hadn’t sold her soul for stardom. Lucifer reassured her she hasn’t sold her soul, that all her mistakes were her own.
“I just introduced you to Jimmy Barnes, I didn’t tell you to sleep with him.”
When she is killed, Lucifer then takes it upon himself to solve her murder to make sure that her death is avenged.
This is where we meet Detective Chloe Dancer who is assigned to solve Delilah’s murder. This brings her and Lucifer together and not in a romantic either which makes it even more refreshing. See, Lucifer is enamored with Chole but not for her looks. Lucifer has a charm, people can’t help but tell him their deepest secrets and sins but for Chloe his abilities don’t work and he wants to know why.
There is even a subplot. Apparently Lucifer is wanted back in Hell because without him it is falling apart. He is twice visited by a fellow Angel named, Amenadiel. These meetings are a lot like John and Manny from Constantine. They do take their own time to make the effects different but this series subplot makes it feel like an unwilling companion piece for Constantine, a crossover could have been wonderful between the series.
Tom Ellis does a brilliant portrayal of Lucifer Morningstar as does Lauren German play a wonderful job as Detective Chloe Dancer who is drawn into a deeper world then she ever imagined. The two have onscreen chemistry, albeit not at first but it does evolve. As far as comic book material goes, the series seems to capture the core of what Mike Carey built with his series. Originally a character who was featured in Neil Gaiman’s Sandman series, Lucifer became one of the many Sandman spin-off series after the end of Gaiman’s now classic run. Lucifer ran for 75 issues, close to its parent title; Sandman. Like Gaiman, Carey too tried to make the Devil a very sympathetic character, something the series pilot does a wonderful job of driving home.
As for the future of the show, it is undetermined for now but I am anxiously awaiting the televised pilot as well as the series. We do have some time to go as Lucifer was indeed picked up for the 2015-2016 season for the FOX network, it isn’t scheduled to air till 2016.
Official FOX trailer for “Lucifer”: