You could be forgiven for thinking that the devil would be more evil, by all accounts you wouldn’t expect him to be on earth solving crimes now would you? well in the new TV series Lucifer that’s exactly what happens, yeah you heard me right, the devil helps solve crimes. For those who have not watched the series (and are planning to), you had better stop reading now!
You could also be forgiven for thinking that the very notion that the devil would help the police solve crimes is not only a weak idea but also a stupid one, it shouldn’t by all accounts work, but it does.
Tom Elis (who some of you may recognise from the BBC One sitcom Miranda) plays Lucifer, an angel who was cast out of Heaven and condemned to rule hell for all eternity. But in Lucifer, he decides to take a holiday, during which he uses his time to work as a civilian consultant to the LAPD.
In his spare time (he is the devil with all eternity on his hands so time isn’t going to be a problem) Lucifer also owns a bar (and very good looking one at that). The Character of Lucifer arrives on screen with all the superficial charm and flash that you would expect. Lucifer is bored not only in hell but also in Los Angeles, this is where detective Chloe Decker (played by Lauren German) comes in. She arrives on the scene to investigate a murder, Lucifer immediately senses that there is something different about her, partly because she is immune to his charms. Lucifer has a hidden gift, he can trigger the hidden desires within anybody (other than detective Decker) and compel the truth from anybody.
As a side story, there are concerns about Lucifers absence from Hell, in particular, the ever faithful minion Maze (played by Lesley-Ann Brandt) and Lucifers brother (played by D.B Woodside) who wants Lucifer to go back to hell where he belongs.
The series itself consists of 13 episodes, each with their own murder and crime to solve while having a side storyline (often involving Lucifer and detective Decker).
Personally, I thought the show was a bit of a slow burner, if it wasn’t for the character’s funny quirks (which are very well acted by Tom Elis) and the fact that I liked the character from the start, I probably would have turned off half way through the first or second episode.
The procedural aspect has been done so many different times, however if you can get past that and realise that new life has (of sorts) been breathed into it (namely by the interesting characters) then you will begin to like the series as it continues. I will say (and it probably should go without saying) that this isn’t a series to be taken too seriously, and if you are of religious faith then it is best you give this one a miss. But there really are some fun parts within the series and if you like witty one-liners and a programme you don’t have to think too much about, then you should give Lucifer a watch.