Satan takes vacation: Netflix show Lucifer ranges from hilarious to emotional

Lucifer Samael Morningstar. Satan. The Devil. Lucifer is characterized in scripture as being the ultimate vessel of evil. When Neil Gaiman created the comic Lucifer, he answered a simple question: what if the devil wasn’t evil? 

In 2016, Fox introduced a TV adaptation of the comic, also titled Lucifer, starring Tom Ellis as Lucifer and Lauren German as Chloe. I first drew interest in  Lucifer when I saw the trailer as an advertisement during a football game. The idea of the devil roaming the world as if he was an ordinary human definitely had my interest, but I didn’t watch much TV.

Three years later, my best friend suggested that I watch Lucifer on Netflix. I didn’t have much else to do, and remembering the trailer, I decided to check it out. Almost instantly, I became obsessed. The pilot opens with Lucifer speeding down the road in his 1962 Chevrolet Camaro to the captivating tune “There Ain’t No Rest For the Wicked” by Cage the Elephant, which went into my Spotify playlist soon after. Right off the bat, Lucifer shows off his supernatural charms on an unsuspecting police officer who stops him for a speeding violation, which was oddly satisfying to watch. 

Lucifer’s mind powers worked on me, and I couldn’t stop watching the show. When Lucifer meets his future partner and love interest, Chloe Decker, the show really gets started. Chloe is a great contrast with Lucifer, they are on the opposite end of the spectrum, but somehow it works towards their unbreakable chemistry, which is so touching. The dynamic between the two is part of what makes the show so indisputably good. Seeing the devil willing to do anything for someone, seeing the literal devil so vulnerable because of Chloe, is really emotional for me. 

Lucifer is an emotional and touching show, and though some may feel it is satanic or blasphemous, I don’t find it evil at all. There have been times where I’ve literally sat in bed crying because of the impact an episode had on me. Sometimes there are moments that are just so beautiful and touching that make me cry out of pure happiness, which isn’t normal for me. The raw emotion and feelings Lucifer causes gives me real feelings of happiness while watching the show. 

Lucifer also has on-point comedy that suits my taste in humor. There have been so many times when I could not stop laughing while watching. Sometimes I will fall over backwards laughing. The irony can be hilarious; when you know something (cough cough, he’s the devil, cough cough) the characters in the show are oblivious to, there are just so many absolutely amazing inside jokes. Not to mention that Lucifer has quite a lot of devilish jokes which annoy Chloe to no end, and I just can’t get enough.

SPOILERS AHEAD

  Lucifer had a pretty big revelation at the end of season 3. Lucifer saves Chloe in a heroically touching act that is really beautiful, and she sees him in his true form–as the devil, red face and all–and I freaked out. I was not ready for that at all. Even though it was shocking, I’m so glad it happened. I’d been waiting the whole show for him to show her that he is actually the devil (I mean he’d been telling her the whole time, but she never really believed him), and when it finally happened, it was such an emotional moment. I couldn’t stop crying for a good half hour because of the impact of that scene. 

Needless to say, season 4 is a rollercoaster of emotions, especially revolving around that Chloe knows he is actually the devil. Season 4 is my favorite season because of how emotional it is. There was so much to take in during season 4; Chloe and Lucifer are drawn apart during the start of the Season, which was hard for me to take–and when I say hard, I mean I really took it hard–but of course they couldn’t stay estranged for long. 

Due to the name of the last episode of Season 4: “Who’s Da New King of Hell”, I expected Lucifer would return to Hell, but I held out hope that he wouldn’t. Even though he did eventually return to Hell, Lucifer and Chloe’s final moments before his departure make up for it. She tells him that she has come to accept that he is actually the devil and that the reason she is bothered is because she doesn’t want him to leave. He then tells her that Eve wasn’t his first love, but it was in fact her. And with that, he leaves to rule Hell yet again. It was such a beautiful and emotional moment and probably the most I’ve cried during the entire show.

Yes, Lucifer is the devil, and yes, he does have a lot of anger, especially aimed at God and those he thinks that deserve to be punished. But Lucifer’s emotions and feelings are kind of ignorant and pure, even though he himself isn’t pure at all. It’s hard to explain how something as simple as how much he cared about a priest who Lucifer came to befriend despite their obvious differences can be so emotional. Seeing how hurt Lucifer was and how angry he was because his friend died was devastated and it affected me deeply. 

Lucifer can’t stand it when people blame bad things that happen on the devil. He frequently complains about how he gets a bad rap for things that are not his fault. While some may find it comedic, I think it’s nice to see Lucifer wanting people to understand that he isn’t evil.

I finished the first four seasons in only a week (no, this is not a typo), and now season 5 is coming out soon…I cannot even begin to explain how excited I am. The first four seasons of Lucifer were so amazing, I don’t even know how to begin to describe how much I enjoyed it.

The relationships and the bonds between characters makes the show endearing and touching and the show has really helped me stay positive and keep my head up in real life.

Lucifer is somewhat relatable for me, and through the problems and feelings of the characters, it’s helped me have a more positive outlook on life, which is difficult for me. Lucifer is so beautiful and moving and is surprisingly deep based on the fact that the titular character is Satan. Coming from a Christian, I don’t find it blasphemous and have never seen anything that’s even remotely close to as funny, addictive, and absolutely moving as Lucifer is. If you don’t currently have a Netflix account, you should subscribe even if it’s just for Lucifer.