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    Five Thoughts on Lucifer‘s “A Devil of My Word”

    By | May 15th, 2018
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    And that’s all the devil wrote. Lucifer is over in this season-turned-series finale, and it was actually not a horrible episode to go out on, though I’m sure that cliffhanger is going to bother people forever. Let’s be honest, there’s very little chance anyone is going to save this show. But I’m willing to be proved wrong. Nonetheless I will be treating this like this is the end, and with that, let’s begin.

    1. “How do we take him down?”

    This episode wastes no time getting to the point and convincing Dan, Chloe, and Lucifer that while Pierce may not be immortal, he’s definitely the Sinner Man (remember that from like months ago?) This works well in its favor as the episode has a lot of work to do to tie up loose ends, make every character grieve in their own way and set Pierce up as a formidable final foe. All these it does very well, and this turns into the fast-paced, serious romp that has aspects of the show this always could be. Lucifer is still impulsive but less an idiot. Chloe is cunning and skeptical but absolutely in charge. Dan, too, is not a yogurt-eating buffoon but is closer to the dirty cop of season one. Even Ella has a crisis of faith which seems believable and her and Lucifer share a moment. All in all, this finale has much of what was missing through the middle of this season and the last, and calls back to the mystical, supernatural elements that made season one a treat to watch. While the case drags a bit in the middle, and leaves not much time at the end for the final battle, it’s at least handled intelligently and with Lucifer not being an idiot like every other episode this year.

    2. Dan the dirty cop

    Dan has been at his best when he plays the line between protecting the ones he loves and the morality of it all. This is no different and Kevin Alejandro did a great job grieving over Charlotte and being extremely pissed off at the same time. His moments with Pierce and him threatening one of Pierce’s men were solid. I wish Dan would have been with Chloe and Lucifer at the end, but he definitely carried the middle of the episode and does more in 20 minutes than he did over 23 episodes.

    3. Still no good things for Maze at the end.

    This is my biggest hang up with this episode. So Pierce drugs and captures Maze at the end of last week, which was never going to go well cause you can’t keep a good demon down, and so, naturally, Maze manages to escape. She goes to protect Linda since Pierce had threatened to hurt her, but that’s where her story ends. Her and Linda make up and apologize to each other, but that’s it. There is no indication that Lucifer and co. realized Pierce had captured Maze, and Linda never calls or interacts with any of them this episode either. There’s nothing wrong with them being friends again, that’s a great move for them both after their pointless season-long feud, but ultimately Maze still ends up alone. She cries about emotions and humanity, but still just ends up secluded with Linda. And that sucks that they didn’t get more of an arc or a resolution with the rest of the cast. Of course, you could say neither did Amenadiel or Charlotte last week, but somehow their ending is more satisfying as they both really get what they wanted all season, Amenadiel with his wings and Charlotte with not hell. This is back to square one. Maybe with another season it would have been better, but we’ll never know.

    4. Lucifer going biblical on everyone

    You knew it was coming, but it wasn’t any less fun. Lucifer goes full angel on Pierce and his men after protecting Chloe with his wings when Pierce shoots her. Still confused on how Pierce managed to live when Chloe shot him with both her there and his mark being gone, but oh well. Also she had a bulletproof vest on and still passed out? I clearly don’t know how things work. Anyway.

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    Yeah Lucifer goes full angel coming in through the window and just kicking ass and it’s really great. After his and Pierce’s argument earlier in the episode about seeing yourself as the monster, it’s nice to see Lucifer as the hero and being the angel, saving Chloe, beating the bad guys. But he becomes the monster again. Him and Chloe spend the episode arguing about metaphors as she’s finally had enough devil crap and tells him you aren’t the devil. But he is. Him and Pierce fight and he goes full circle to the cocky, sleeve-fixing devil he always has been as he spins to avoid Pierce’s punches. Ultimately he kills Pierce with Maze’s knife (again how does that work) and smiles and laughs maniacally as Pierce and him talk and Cain dies like an old friend. He’s the devil, and the episode ends with. . . .

    5. “It’s all true.”

    Chloe finally knows. And that is where we leave off.

    Honestly, if it had to end, and they waited all season for her to get here, there was no other way and any other reveal or reaction would have been shoehorned. Of all the possibilities, this was the best one. We can only presume season 4 would have a had a time loop where we’d fast forward a few months after the reveal and the pair are drawn together again by a case and forced to confront the reveal, but we will probably never get that. Instead, we get Chloe’s either curiosity or horror, and Lucifer being, well, Lucifer.

    We’ll never know more about why Chloe has power over him, or anything else about their relationship, but she knows. And that’s all we have wanted for three seasons. And it works.

    Well, folks that does it. I’m signing off for the last time with Lucifer, unless of course all the “Release the Snyder Cut” people turn their attention to something more realistic. It’s been a pleasure. Sound off in the comments below about your thoughts on the end. Are you satisfied or no? We want to know!

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    Kevin Gregory

    Host of the Make Mine Multiversity Marvel podcast, Kevin is a displaced Texan currently in graduate school at The University of Chicago Divinity School. Feel free to email him about history, philosophy, theology, and politics (you know all those things people want out of comics). He's on Twitter @kbgregory13.


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