Lucifer: Pops – The Devil Gets Burned (Review)

In Lucifer: Pops the devil gets burned, Chloe makes a move and Dan learns just how dangerous the re-generated Malcolm really is. Decker’s famous mother stops by for a visit; an event that causes Morningstar to get rather excited, Mazikeen makes friends with Trixie and Lucifer identifies a bit too closely with the son of a murdered chef.

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In Lucifer: Pops the devil gets burned, Chloe  makes a move and Dan learns just how dangerous the re-generated Malcolm really is.  Decker’s famous mother stops by for a visit; an event that causes Morningstar to get rather excited, Mazikeen makes friends with Trixie and Lucifer identifies a bit too closely  with the son of a murdered chef.

Maze (Lesley-Ann Brandt) connects with Dr. Linda Martin (Rachael Harris) and becomes a new patient.   

As Lucifer and Chloe investigate the poisoning of a local “celebrity” chef, Decker’s mother appears to take Trixie (Scarlett Estevez) to her first audition. Chloe is furious and the women argue.

Trixie runs off, via an Uber, and goes to see Lucifer. She meets Maze instead and makes a new friend.  (A comic moment in LUX where Maze pours the child a glass of straight liquor. The child asks if it is a Shirley Temple; a non-alcoholic drink.  Taking an umbrella and plunking it into the girl’s glass, Maze responds, “It is now.”)

During the investigation of the murdered chef  Lucifer and Decker work their way through the list of suspects and Morningstar  projects his own feelings about his patriarchal figure onto Javier junior.

The murdered chef, despite having a nasty temper, was loved by all his staff who called him “pops” as he was a father figure.  Finally, while Chloe works on the relationship with her mother  and Dan attempts to find something good to say about Lucifer to Malcolm, the crime is solved.

The sous chef did it when she learned that Chef Javier and his son were reconciling. When confronted with the evidence by Lucifer and Chloe the desperate woman sets the restaurant on fire trapping the two partners in the kitchen.

Morningstar rescues Chloe  and gets burned in the process; leading Lucifer to remark about  the irony of “the Devil getting burned.”  Dan tries to arrest Malcolm to save Morningstar but ends up either being murdered or at least rendered unconscious by the “Lazarus” cop.

Mazikeen goes back to see Linda, after initially stalking out when the doctor told the demon she needed to make friends.

Chloe tries to call her ex but Malcolm answers the call with a text; breaking up with Decker by posing as Dan.  Later, Chloe goes to LUX to see Lucifer.  She is inebriated and makes a move on the nightclub owner.

She realizes that she is aping her mother’s behavior and surprisingly, Lucifer rejects her drunken advances.  He is shocked at his own behavior but this action brings Morningstar closer to Chloe.  In mid-discussion with Decker, she falls asleep and Lucifer looks to the heavens:

“Oh God.”

Lucifer: Pops was an amusing look at the further transformation of Morningstar. At long last the famous mother made an appearance in the guise of De Mornay who still looks more like Debbie Reynolds now she is older (Perhaps the two are somehow related?).  Whatever is goin on with Rebecca, she looks nowhere near her age.

The resurrected cop Malcolm (Kevin Rankin) continues to compulsively shove food into his mouth. At the point where Dan tries to arrest him, Malcolm is still eating and only stops to overpower (Kill?) his new “partner.”

Amenadiel does not appear in this episode but to be fair this was more about “Mommy Decker” and Chloe as well as Lucifer’s continuing issues with “daddy.”  While not as quirkily amusing as previous episodes , by the end of Pops, Lucifer realizes that he is changing ever more and is a bit overwhelmed by the transformation.

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There is one bit in the episode where Lucifer reverts to type and invites the main murder suspect to cook for the mother/daughter reunion meal.  Javier’s son (played by Manny Montana) is thought to have poisoned his father, at least Chloe thinks so, and she is not overly pleased when Morningstar asks the man to cook for her family dinner party.

On a  sidenote, it is a bit annoying that Chloe Decker still refuses to acknowledge that there is more to Lucifer than some delusions that he is the Devil. His un-natural strength and ability to get suspects/people to reveal their inner-most desires and so-on should be ringing a few bells.

Despite this, the series is devilishly good entertainment.

Lucifer airs Mondays on FOX.

 

 

Jessica Jones: Guided Falling…In Love

After taking time to watch almost all of the episodes of Marvel’s Jessica Jones on Netflix and starting to write thoughts on each single installment, it was decided to do an overall feeling about the series and this unlikely superhero.

Kristen Ritter as Jessica Jones

After taking time to watch almost all of the episodes of Marvel’s Jessica Jones on Netflix and starting to write thoughts on each single installment, it was decided to do an overall feeling about the series and this unlikely superhero. An uber strong, limited self healing, gal who does not fly, but engages in guided falling, it is this description from the heroine that almost wills the viewer to fall in love with this character.

Throughout the season, we have seen Jones become more heroic (as she fights to catch and take out Kilgrave),  Jeri Hogarth become more evil, Kilgrave become pathetic, Simpson become deadly and Trish become stronger.  The entire first season of the show is all about becoming, apparently…and death.

It all about learning the backstory of Jessica and eventually Kevin, aka Kilgrave. But over and above all that, is this seedy, unglamorous and gritty side of Marvel. Set in New York, along the same time line as The Avengers saving the city, Jones is the red-headed step child of the verse.

(In the Marvel verse, Jones was a member of the Avengers very, very briefly.)

Jessica Jones is the “noir” version of Marvel, along with Luke Cage, and she epitomizes the hard-drinking, sloppy P.I. of fiction….except,  she has super strength and can fly.  Although she calls it, “controlled  or guided falling.

Krysten Ritter plays Jones as a downtrodden, attitudinal passive aggressive.  Like the rest of the verse the character inhabits, the city is grey, dark and dirty. The juxtaposition of Jones’ life compared to the Avengers; Tony Stark, Captain America is just too brilliantly ironic.

Cap and Ironman are heroes looked up to by the denizens of New York who believe they lead the charge to save them, along with that “big green guy” mentioned a lot in the Netflix series. Jones, who was not even part of the “rescue” is attacked by a disgruntled woman whose mother died during Loki’s attack.

Once again, like the big screen Marvel adventures and the small screen actions of SHIELD (both Agent Carter and Phil Coulson and his crew) despite all the fantasy elements of the verse, everything is rooted in a semblance of reality. Although arguably, Jessica Jones and her world feel much more in the trenches, or gutter, than the superheroes who saved New York.

Jones’ world takes a look at gory homicide, the messiness of divorce and even tackles drugs, the red white and blue pills that Simpson takes are pretty spectacular and apparently addictive as well as combat enhancing.

Apart from all these gritty, there’s that word again, realities, this version of Marvel is full of malcontents, the socially inept, the downright weird and full of destruction. Jessica lives in a world of broken walls, furniture and people.  As do most of the inhabitants of her verse. Even the more successful, like high-powered lawyer Hogarth is broken, personally and in terms of ethics, granted, she is a lawyer so it is to be expected…

There is at least one person who lives in an ivory tower, Trish Walker (Rachael Taylor), former child star and radio talkshow host of New York, is in a different realm from her “sister.” After Simpson turns up, completely overrun by those red pills he keeps popping like breath mints, he leaves two dead men outside Walker’s posh apartment.

When Trish comes home, she find the place spotless, no dead bodies and nothing to indicate that they were ever there. At Jessica’s place, the unconscious Simpson is removed, but her apartment/office still looks like a nuke has hit it. Vive la’ difference…

Leaving lifestyles of Marvel’s rich and famous aside, the noir-ish world of Jessica Jones is still firmly part of the comic verse. Nods and winks to her “colleagues” abound. References to the Hulk and at least one kid running around in a Captain America outfit. Then there is the reference to “inhumans.”

Dorothy Walker (Rebecca De Mornay), the stage mother from Hell, shows up at Trish’s place with an envelope with the mysterious initials IGH. Obviously a reference to Daisy, aka Tremors, and the other Inhumans and must stand for Inhuman Growth Hormone.  This is, apparently, the reason for Jessica’s strength and limited healing capabilities.

This down and dirty version of Marvel is as addictive as the cleaner shinier one.  While there is no real news about a second season or not, this one is pretty entertaining. Jessica Jones and her guided falling has made it easy to fall in love with this “darker” heroine.