SDCC 2016 ‘Lucifer’: The Devil has a Mother

by Agent Alicia Glass (a.k.a. Pandora the Punctuation Horror)

It just wouldn’t be a complete Comic-Con without a visit to Hell! Or rather, a re-visit with the Devil on vacation and his pals, both human and divine, as we dive into the panel for FOX’s Lucifer!

The panel included Tom Ellis (Lucifer), D.B. Woodside (Amenadiel), Tricia Helfer (Mom), Lesley-Ann Brandt (Maze), Aimee Garcia (Ella Lopez), and Executive Producers Joe Henderson and Ildy Modrovich.

For those of you who may not recall, season one of Lucifer ended with some feuding angelic brothers teaming up to take on some bad humans, a potential death and return from Hell, and, oh hey, the news that, someone escaped from Hell and Luci’s been tasked to go get them. Who escaped, you ask? The one person/entity/whatever that Lucifer, Amenadiel, even God himself apparently, is afraid of – Mom.

We all wondered, because at the end of season one, Henderson didn’t have an actress to play her: Someone who would end up with the previously unheard-of role of Mother of the Devil. Wonder no more, Comic-Con fans, for famed sci-fi maven, Tricia Helfer joined the cast of Lucifer on stage in role as Mom!

Helfer was gleeful and playful about her role, pointing out, “The ‘Mom’ chapter was left out of the Bible,” so the show had tons of wiggle-room to write that chapter themselves.

Lesley-Ann Brandt was eager to explain that her character, Maze, would have her own version of emancipation in season two, being forced to remain on Earth  with Lucifer more or less as she is now. And of course, there is no love lost between Maze and Mom, who know each other pretty well, since, “Mom was in Hell and Maze was a prime torturer there, so their meeting again up on Earth is … tense.”

Aimee Garcia plays a new character on the show, forensic scientist Ella Lopez, who inevitably gets involved with Lucifer and Decker’s crime fighting. Garcia related an amusing little story where she surprise-hugged Tom Ellis in their first real scene together on the show. “I’m a hugger in real life and, apparently, so is Lopez; I just gave Tom a big hug and he was like, ‘Hey, go with it!’”

The audience was assured that Lucifer is still in therapy in season two, which is great because his therapy sessions are arguably some of the best scenes on the show. Woodside, who plays Amenadiel, Lucifer’s brother on the show, related that it was important to continue that aspect of Lucifer’s journey, “It’s always interesting to see a character be fragile, especially this character.”

Henderson happily explained that season one of Lucifer had most of the characters establishing their own roles on the show, so season two will have a lot more of the characters playing off each other and being much more together. He also gleefully explained to curious fans that the very reason Chloe Decker affects Lucifer in that way, will be explained in season two as well.

Lucifer will be back to set our everything a-boiling September 19, 2016 on FOX @9:00 p.m./8:00 p.m., Central!

‘Lucifer’ Finale: You’re Smarming, Darling

by Agent Alicia Glass (a.k.a. Pandora the Punctuation Horror)

Lucifer Morningstar (Tom Ellis), the fallen angel from Biblical old testament times himself, thought, “Screw this noise,” and popped off from Hell for a vacation here on earth. He just had to get involved with the one woman he simply can’t charm and coerce, who happens to be a police officer, Chloe Decker (Lauren German), and now, somehow, the Devil incarnate is the equivalent of a police-attache CI. Of course, there’s various dramas with the people around Chloe to contend with, too – mainly her ex, Dan Espinoza (Kevin Alejandro); also a cop and the father of her child Trixie; and the brought-back-from-the-dead fellow officer, Malcolm (Kevin Rankin), who turns out to be a psycho pawn to be used against Lucifer. Our Devil there runs his bar with the help of Mazikeen (Lesley-Ann Brandt), “call me Maze for short”: A sexy demon, deadly with her knives that he brought out of Hell with him. Luci (don’t look at me — that’s what his brother calls him) also has to contend with Amenadiel (D.B. Woodside), a brother Angel here on earth, determined to stop at nothing to send our weary Devil back to Hell where he belongs, damn it.

I think I may have figured out at least one of the secrets to Lucifer’s appeal, despite his many many failings – somehow, a lot like Jack Sparrow, if one thinks about it, he manages to be both smarmy and charming at the same time. Thu,s I give you the newly coined, just for FOX’s version of Lucifer, description: smarming. Lucifer’s flippant accent and attitude just adds another layer of smarming, because we all know Brits make the best bad guys. But that’s just it – in this adaptation of the ultimate Fallen One, Lucifer Morningstar is an under-the-radar nightclub owner who thinks he can use bad to do good, coaxing the truth under all those desires from evil-doers and only really resorting to the bedroom red-eyed cloven-hoofed monstrosity on those who really deserve it. There are a few moments when he goes Beast Leviathan 666 monster on people who really did deserve it, and the fact that it happens so rarely is somehow all part of his infernally charming package. This is a much more humane version of Lucifer and when he realizes it, the Devil does something very human – he gets a therapist.

Lucifer Morningstar’s therapy sessions with Linda Martin are some of the very high points of the show, whether the sessions are between the sheets or on a couch in her office. Because of course Lucifer sleeps with his therapist, at least for a while, in the beginning, and he’s obviously smarming enough outside the boudoir to let Martin deal professionally with his insistent metaphors about Angels and God and whatnot. Owed in no small part to the wonderful performance from Rachael Harris as Dr. Martin, we watch and are delighted by Lucifer’s therapy, the way Linda deals with his idiosyncrasies make us all wish we could have a therapist like that.

Lord Lucifer is all kinds of used to reading the minds of us humans, with our darkest desires easily brought to the surface and all, and smarming his way into the pants of every single woman he meets, just about. So, when he meets Officer Chloe Decker and is simply unable to convince her to sleep with him or float her darkest desires to the top, he is, of course, simply fascinated, darling, and determined to stick to her like tar to find out why. Lucifer discovers, to his chagrin, that Decker’s presence seems to humanize him instead, making him both literally and figuratively vulnerable to the frailties of being human. One would think that discovering hanging out around a human woman, a cop no less, makes Lucifer susceptible to things like bullet wounds, would deter him from her presence forever, but no. This version of the Devil delights in squiggly naughty things and thumbing his nose in Dad’s general direction without ever actually committing what we would consider true soul-crushing evil. In fact, Lucifer discovers he enjoys punishing bad guys so much, he tells Amenadiel to stuff it when his brother comes a-calling, demanding Lucifer return to his rightful place in Hell.

So what’s an Angelic brother to do? Amenadiel has been shadowing Lucifer throughout this entire season, watching our Devil fumble with his humanity versus his accursed divinity, and patience apparently isn’t his strong suit. So Amenadiel brought Malcolm back from the dead (I didn’t know Angels could do that), out of Hell and into his service, with one clear goal in mind – frame and then kill Lucifer Morningstar. What Amenadiel didn’t count on is the sheer surprises in life, including learning to actually care about Maze after he sleeps with her. She is after all a demon. And he didn’t expect Malcolm to go bugshit nuts trying to keep his butt from being sent back to the Hot Place. It’s all come down to this finale episode, where Lucifer has been successfully framed for murder, Decker’s trying to arrest him, Amenadiel has finally come round to start helping Lucifer, and we just know there will be all sorts of confrontations involved, including one completely unexpected.

The bad guys doing a couple of bare-knuckle rounds with a pair of pissed-off Seraphim amazed me – if you believe the hype as far as the highest Choir of Angels goes, you could strap a backpack nuke to a Seraph and he/it probably wouldn’t even sneeze, nevermind attempting straight fisticuffs. (But perhaps I watched a little too much Dominion and Legion.) We got treated to an adorable double therapy session when both Luci and Amenadiel went to see Dr. Martin, and now everyone’s on the hunt for Malcolm! But we can’t forget that Decker’s presence makes Lucifer vulnerable, so when he takes some gunshots, we fear this could be the end of at least Lucifer’s human body. Not so, Ellis fans, for Lucifer Morningstar rises to save the day most improbably and drops something even more surprising later, when he and Amenadiel are celebrating coming through this mess – Dad, that Divine parental absentee landlord that Lucifer’s been ranting at this entire time, not only spoke to Lucifer at the moment of his proposed death, He sent Luci back to earth with a mission. Find the one important person who escaped Hell’s clutches and send them back to the Pit. And who is the one person that could actually terrify Amenadiel, Lucifer, and even Dad? Well. Lucifer calls her, “Mum.”

It also bears noting that the soundtrack for the show is really great and worth looking into, not just yet more repetitions of “Sympathy for the Devil.” The finale out-tro confirmed that Lucifer has been renewed for a season two on Fox, so let the mother of the Devil speculation begin!