Lucifer: Stewardess Interruptus – A Moment and Maze (Review)

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Lucifer “Stewardess Interruptus” may well have been all about Lucifer and Chloe and their rocky path to getting Charlotte and Amenadiel back to heaven. However it was Maze, with her demands for a pat on the back, who made this episode stand out.

As Lucifer has his “moment” interrupted by the soon to be murdered Jana, he clearly believes that his prior love life has messed up the connection he just made with Chloe. The two main storylines has Charlotte working overtime to set her son up with Decker and has past lovers of Lucifer’s being murdered.

Mum’s reasoning behind pushing Chloe and Lucifer together stems from the realization that her husband, aka God, set Decker in her son’s path for a reason. She firmly believes that if these two get together, she and Amenadiel will get “the keys to the kingdom.”

Meanwhile two of a trio of former lovers, male and female, have been bumped off. The path of love for Decker becomes fraught with the realization that Lucifer has slept, apparently, with half of Los Angeles.

Lucifer learns, much to his dismay, that none of his lovers feel anything for him. They all admit to his being the best sexual partner ever but apart from that there was nothing there in the way of feelings.

The main suspect, for quite some time, is Lucifer. The episode follows Chloe and Lucifer following the clues to the final potential victim. They learn that the private flight, with all the dead flight crew on it, was transporting what everyone believed to be drugs.

They are not, as Andy Kleinburg finds out before dying, and they belong to a shadowy figure in a fedora.  The items in the case appear to be some sort of biological weapons, in the form of viruses and are clearly going to reappear later on.

Decker and Lucifer finally get their moment, they kiss on the beach, and from the previews at the end of the show, things look to be heating up quite nicely between the two. Charlotte will be pleased.

While all the police work, questioning of most of LA, in the form of Lucifer’s former sexual partners, and Chloe learning that Dan slept with Charlotte, goes on, Maze is eager to get credit for doing “a good deed.”

She “drops the paper” (like dropping the mic) for Chloe when the front page story is of her father’s killer being murdered by the Russian mob. Instead of Decker being happy with the result, she explains to her demon roomie that she wanted the man to rot in prison.

Later, when Maze goes to collect her bounty at the police station, she wants to celebrate with Dan, who was her ally in the Russian deal. He is not pleased and even panics when she talks about the murder in the police station.

Maze goes to see her friend Linda for some free psychiatric advice. Dr. Martin explains to Maze that she needs to appreciate her own self worth from within and not require her friends to recognize her “awesomeness.” Mazikeen takes this to heart and when she agrees to help Chloe and Lucifer she tells her roommate that “awesomeness comes from within b*tches.”

Between Maze’s quest for praise, and her near rage at not getting it, and her glee at beating up the suspect in the sting, “Can I keep him?” Mazikeen provided some quality levity to the proceeds and managed to show some character evolvement in the process.

It has always been just a matter of time before Decker and Lucifer “connected” and this takes the two one step closer to having the sexual congress that Morningstar has always yearned for.

A standout moment on the episode was Lucifer coming into contact with his stalker Suki. Funny and odd it was a comic highlight that did not rely upon Brandt’s frustrated demon for a laugh.

Kudos to Lesley-Ann Brandt for making Mazikeen a joy to watch this season. The demon was a favorite in season one but Brandt, and the writers, have made Maze something special this time around.  Only Brandt can make those looks of absolute delight, insane rage and massive disappointment to shift effortlessly across her face. An MVP award, or an Emmy, is long overdue here.

The show is becoming, more or less, an ensemble piece. However, Tom Ellis, who proves time and again that he can do more than comedy alone, manages to do so much with his character.

The rest of the cast kill it each week as well and it says a lot about the show that the guest roles manage to impress as well.

Lucifer airs Mondays on FOX.

Cast:

Guest starring Jamie Kennedy as Andy Kleinburg, Joe Williamson as Burt, Diana Bang as Suki and Toby Levins as Tim Pickman. 

Lucifer: Lady Parts – Bar Fight (Review)

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Lucifer is in distraction mode in an effort to avoid his issues with “Dad.” Amenadiel is still in meltdown and Maze actually seems to bond with Chloe.  A ladies night out turns into a bar fight and this week’s murder features a small town girl gone bad.

Two blonde Nebraskan newbies are found dead and Chloe, despite being distracted by her looming divorce, is determined to find the girls’ killer. Lucifer keeps himself entertained by playing games on his smart phone and watching kitten videos.

Amenadiel fluctuates between depression and warning his brother about not living up the deal he made with their father.  He warns Lucifer that “dad is not the understanding type.” Amenadiel reminds his brother that the loophole he found dealing with Charlotte/Mum may cost Chloe her life and it affects them all.

Mazikeen visits Charlotte to gloat at her discomfort filling a human’s shoes.  Charlotte does tell Maze that despite the downside to living in a world obsessed with gluten, she would rather be on earth than in Hell.

Lucifer is annoyed by Chloe’s dour demeanor and asks Maze to take her out for a girl’s night. She agrees but wants Lucifer’s convertible if she can make Chloe have fun.

The girl’s night out takes place in a  Tiki bar across the street from a club that both dead girls went to before they died.  Chloe only agrees to go so  she can question potential witnesses.

Ella joins Maze and Chloe. Linda turns up and joins the group. Decker finally unwinds and the women bond. Linda, starts things off by confessing she used to work as a phone “sex worker.”  Ella reveals that she stole cars and Maze tell the small group that she was forged in Hell.

After Chloe reveals her fears about the upcoming divorce and having to move, she spies a triangular stamp like the ones found on the dead girls. This one is on a bearded man in the bar.

She starts to question the man and his overly jealous girlfriend moves in to nastily warn Chloe off. Maze wants to kick the woman’s butt and after Linda calms her down, insults the large blonde woman.

The angry girlfriend punches Chloe in the face. Cue one bar fight.

Maze kicks major butt, and does so with a broken pool cue, and by the end of the evening the “girls” have firmly bonded. So much so that Chloe learns she agreed to be Mazikeen’s roommate.

Decker learns that Lucifer made Maze take her out for a girl’s night and she is furious.

Lucifer and Dan go undercover to the “sex club” and Luci brings Amenadiel in an effort to cheer him up. Dan is upset that everyone believes he looks like a cop.

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Amenadiel keeping it low-key.

At the sex club, Dan and Luci get a name, Yuri. The Hollywood sleaze was the last person seen with the two dead women.  They collect a drunk  Amenadiel who spills the remnants of his drink on Dan.  Lucifer gets the line of the episode when he realizes he could have recorded the incident on his “douche-cam.”

Chloe, sporting a few cuts and bruises from her girl’s night out, questions Yuri with Lucifer. They learn the identity of a third woman, one that Yuri knows, who was working as a pimp.

The third woman was Lily, a friend to the dead girls. She poisoned the “newbies” by accident, she meant to slip them both a roofie.  Lily grabs Chloe and holds a cutting tool to her neck. The cop breaks free when Lucifer’s smart phone rings.

Later, Maze reminds her about sharing an apartment. (Lucifer suggests the killer’s place.) As Chloe drives her car and works a deal on the deposit another vehicle slams into hers.

Lucifer  “Lady Parts” was amusing.  Lesley-Ann Brandt’s Maze got the second funniest line of the episode with “Nobody calls my skank a skank.”

DB Woodside’s Amenadiel’s interaction with Dan came in a close third:

Amenadiel: “Only Dullards drink alone.”

Dan: “I do not look like a cop.”

Amenadiel: “Cop!”

Chloe beating the dickens out of Lily with a rolled up yoga mat while yelling about manipulation was worth an honorable mention.

Back to the running storyline: The car crashing into Chloe Decker was a clear sign that fun time was over and Amenadiel was right about “Father” not liking the loophole.  Decker is obviously in danger unless Charlotte/Mum is returned to Hell.

Lucifer airs Mondays on FOX. Tune in and see who “Dad” sent to set things right.

Cast:

Guest starring Anne Leighton as Lily and Robert Picardo as Yuri.