Lucifer, in Manly Whatnots, continues to chronicle the changes in the absent ruler of Hell.Chloe Decker (Lauren German) is coming ever closer to realizing that Lucifer Morningstar is not like other men, remembrances of being shot along with memories of things that do not add up, have the detective asking questions.
While Morningstar (Tom Ellis) is still obsessed with getting Decker to sleep with him, she is still impervious to his influence. This frustrates and confuses the former ruler of Hell. It is apparent that Lucifer does not just lust after Chloe but that he cares about her as well, this may be the reason his powers of persuasion are not effective.
Just as Lucifer is still fascinated by Chloe, so too is her daughter Trixie (Scarlett Estevez), much to his consternation. After showing up uninvited to make Decker breakfast, her estranged husband, “Detective Douche” (Kevin Alejandro) shows up and is none too pleased to find Lucifer there while his “wife” is wearing only a towel.
The mystery this week deals with a corn-fed girl next door who has gone missing after attending a Player party. Lucifer becomes a partner in the investigation as his name in on the invitation only event’s list of attendees. Player is a “pickup artist” seminar where the owner Carver Cruz (Christopher Marquette) teaches the world’s inept men to how “bed Betties.”
The missing girl, Lindsay (Bailey Noble) had travelled to LA with her brother and after meeting Cruz, disappears. At the event, Carver gives his spiel to the punters until Lucifer stands up and questions his advice.
Sidenote: Lucifer manages to get a bit of Brit slang into the show when he calls Cruz “a wanker.” This may be an ad-lib by Ellis or a bit of fun by the show’s writers.
Complaining that he has all the attributes that Cruz is teaching yet Chloe will still not have sex with him, he manages to get them both kicked out of the event. Later, they show up at the “after” party and Carver pulls a gun explaining that “someone” has kidnapped Lindsay Jolson, whom he loves.
Manly Whatnots then has Lucifer interceding on Cruz’s behalf to get his kidnapped girl back. At the ransom drop, it is revealed that Lindsay and her brother set up Cruz as an act of revenge. As Lucifer goes to punish the girl for her actions, Chloe notices the “change” where Morningstar’s visage changes to that of a scary-looking monster versus charming chappy.
While all the investigations and Lucifer’s angsty reactions to Chloe’s rejections are occurring, Amenadiel (D.B. Woodside) drops by to have a tête-à-tête with Maze Lesley-Ann Brandt that turns into physical combat. The bemused angel tells Mazikeen:
“You can’t hurt me little demon.”
While this may be true, Mazikeen can “affect” the angel. She proves this by “sexily” licking Amenadiel’s lip and the effect is obvious. He feels something and it concerns him. Clearly, Lucifer being away from Hell has caused more things to change than just Morningstar’s personality.
On top of Amenadiel’s reaction, Morningstar discovers that it is not just his attitude that has changed. During the episode climax, where he starts to punish Lindsay, he pushes Chloe to shoot him.
Earlier in the episode, Lucifer repeatedly tells Decker that he cannot be harmed by bullets (flicking the cop on the arm to show how little it hurts). When Chloe shoots Morningstar not only does it hurt him, but he bleeds as well. After this incident, Lucifer is concerned as he knows this should not happen.
When he returns to Lux and Maze learns of the injury, she is concerned as well.
This adaptation of a DC spinoff offers characters from the verse that are a bit “watered down” from the source. Amenadiel is not nearly so violent or aggressive and Lucifer’s powers seem to be mainly that of persuading someone to follow their innermost desires. The one constant is that the absentee ruler of Hell does not actually encourage humans to sin, i.e. be evil.
Lucifer also punishes those who are bad rather than collect their souls as “advertised” in literature. Tom Ellis still manages to make Morningstar an excellent combination of charming annoyance, mainly due to his character’s overwhelming confidence.
German is allowing her character to arc satisfactorily as she slowly starts to accept that the owner of Lux may not be human.
A word of praise for Tim Matheson, who has proven time and again how good he is in front of the camera in a variety of roles in his prolific career, who helmed this episode. Matheson shows that his equally impressive bona fides as director is, without question, top notch as well.
It could be said that so far, each episode of Lucifer has a moral for the viewer by the end of the show. This week, it appears to be that “two wrongs do not make a right.”
Lucifer airs Mondays on FOX. Tune in to see where this dark DC adaptation goes next.