Lucifer Episode 1: Pilot Recap

Lucifer made its debut on FOX on January 25, 2016.  Based on the Vertigo Comics property, it stars Lucifer Morningstar (Tom Ellis), former angel cast out of Heaven to and condemned to rule Hell for all eternity.  Until he decides to take a vacation.  What’s great is we get Lucifer’s origin all in the first 30 seconds of the opening.  Why waste time showing us his fall from grace when we can get to the good stuff.

Driving around downtown Los Angeles, Lucifer is pulled over by a policeman.  This is where we get our first example of the suggestive powers that Lucifer holds.  When he starts to bribe the policeman to let him go, Lucifer is able to bring out the deepest, darkest emotions from the officer.  The policeman admits to breaking laws himself, like driving around with his siren on.  In the end, the officer takes the money and Lucifer is off on his merry way.

LUCIFER: Pictured: Tom Ellis as Lucifer. ©2015 Fox Broadcasting Co. CR: John P. Fleenor/FOX
LUCIFER: Pictured: Tom Ellis as Lucifer. ©2015 Fox Broadcasting Co. CR: John P. Fleenor/FOX

Of course the devil would run a night club.  I’m surprised this show isn’t based in Las Vegas.  Inside Lux we meet bartender Maze (Lesley-Ann Brandt).  She came with Lucifer from Hell, but would like to be doing something more thrilling than working behind a bar.

One of Lucifer’s brothers, Amenadiel (D.B. Woodside) pays him a visit at Lux.  His presence has been requested in the Underworld.  Lucifer plays by his own rules, so refuses to go back.  Threats are made, but Amenadiel ultimately leaves.

A starlet named Delilah comes to see Lucifer.  She wonders if she sold her soul to the devil for her stardom.  Seeing as he is the devil, Lucifer could have played with her emotions.  Tormented her.  Instead, he calms Delilah’s worries.  As they’re walking down the street, they are shot down by a drive-by shooter.  It takes more than some bullets to end Lucifer.  He finds out from the shooter that he was paid to do it.

Enter Detective Chloe Dancer (Lauren German).  She interrogates Lucifer on Delilah’s murder and wonders how she could be dead while he’s not wounded at all.  Lucifer tries using his devilish charms on Chloe.  He’s certain he’s seen her before.  And naked.  We’ll find out the backstory on this later.

Lucifer sets out to do his own investigation.  First up is Delilah’s ex, Jimmy.  He’s getting married the day after her death.  This could be seen as a little suspicious.  Delilah dumped Jimmy in the past, which could be a motive.  Jimmy gives up the name of a rapper called 2Vile that used to date Delilah and allegedly roughed her up.  Before Lucifer pays 2Vile a visit he seduces Jimmy’s fiance to admit to not wanting to sleep with him and not marrying him for his looks.  Awkward!

2Vile is hosting a party that Lucifer crashes.  After a few pleasantries 2Vile calls Delilah a “bitch”, which causes Lucifer to push him through a plate glass window and dangle him from a balcony by his gold chain.  Apparently 2Vile only hit Delilah once, after he found out she was cheating on him with a married guy.

Before things can get anymore crazy, Det. Dancer shows up and we find out how she looks familiar to Lucifer.  She’s a former actress that starred in a film called “Hot Tub High School”.  Chloe was in a nude scene.  I told you we’d find out about all that!  Lucifer wants to help Chloe solve Delilah’s case.  His particular skill set could come in handy.  My favorite quote comes when Chloe asks if he can read people’s minds.  Lucifer replies, “I can’t read people’s minds.  I’m not a Jedi.”  Shoutout to Star Wars.  He can persuade a person to reveal their deepest desires.  When Lucifer tries his trick with Chloe she proves her ability to resist.  Lucifer loves a challenge.


As Chloe and Lucifer head off on their search, Chloe gets a call from her daughter Trixie’s school.  She has to go pick her up.  Trixie and Lucifer do some bonding in the school hallways.  I should say I’m surprised a kid and the devil would become best beds, but it’s a typical trope one would see in entertainment.  An innocent child would get along best with someone like Lucifer.

Dan (Kevin Alejandro) is a fellow police officer, and Chloe’s ex.  Dan shows up late to pick up Trixie.  Lucifer points out that the parents shouldn’t argue in front of Trixie.  Chloe points out that Trixie seems to like Lucifer.  To which Lucifer replies, “What’s there not to like?”

Lucifer and Chloe go from one suspect to another.  The most important things learned are Delilah’s album sales soared after her death.  Death sales.  We learn that her manager paid for the shooter with a watch Delilah gave him.  A shootout takes place and Chloe is shot, but Lucifer is able to save her.

The devil saving someone is a big deal, which causes Amenadiel to pay Lucifer another visit with more threats.  Lucifer’s gone soft.

Chloe and Lucifer make a good team.  Such a good team, that Lucifer will continue to aid Chloe in more investigations.  Hence a reason for more episodes.

Lucifer airs Mondays at 9pm ET on FOX.

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