When Lucifer was picked up by Netflix after its cancellation last year, fans were eager to see how the huge cliffhanger at the end of season 3 would be resolved and where the story would go from there. I am happy to say that it was worth the wait because season 4 is the best season yet. These new ten episodes have everything that makes the show great, adding more layers to the world and it’s characters.
With its new home on Netflix, the show has a little more leeway with it’s more mature content. There’s more violence and nudity on display than previous seasons because: New Home, New Rules. So, what’s the story this time around? Well, the answer is a lot. In its ten episodes season 4 has plenty going on, and despite some uneven pacing, its all balanced pretty well.
A huge part of the opening plot aims to explain how Chloe (Lauren German) is going to take the news that her partner and close friend is quite literally Satan himself. The first arc deals with an emotionally vulnerable Chloe being manipulated by the rogue priest Father Kinley (Graham McTavish) into trapping Lucifer (Tom Ellis) in Hell to stop a doomsday prophecy. At first it was difficult to buy that Chloe would turn on Lucifer, knowing their relationship with each other, but when taking account the revelation she just faced and her emotional state- it all checks out. To be honest, this arc rubbed me the wrong way a little bit at the start, but luckily it was wrapped up pretty quick and the finale it lead to made it all worthwhile.
Mostly, this season deals with the Eve (Inbar Lavi) resurfacing in Lucifer’s life. You might know Eve from a little book called The Bible. Yes, that Eve. After escaping Heaven because of how boring it became to her, she decides to pop on down to Earth to have some fun for the first time since she met Lucifer. As the season progresses, it’s revealed that it wasn’t fun she came back for, but Lucifer. Eve’s personal quest throughout the season is to finally become her own person. She was made from the rib of Adam for the sole purpose of being his wife, or as she puts it, “an arranged existence”. Lucifer was the first person to ever take her feelings into consideration by asking her what it is she truly desired, and because of this she is head over heels in love with him.
What the show does with Eve as a character is pretty great. She’s not psychotically obsessed with Lucifer as one might think, but she’s also not good for him either. Lucifer has gone through a lot of changes as the series has gone on, but Eve wants the version of him she remembers. She wants the devilish and dangerous man she fell in love with in The Garden of Eden. She basically represents the opposite of everything Chloe does. Lucifer finds himself pulled between Eve and Chloe’s ideas of him and has to decide who he would rather be. Does he want to be The Devil Eve knows and loves, or does he want to be the good man Chloe sees him as? This makes for some really great character dynamics that add more humanity to the narrative.
The death of Charlotte Richards (Tricia Helfer) at the end of the previous season is felt all through this one, and left a last impact on just about everybody. Dan (Kevin Alejandro) has gone farther toward the dark-side after losing his newfound love, Ella (Aimee Garcia) is going through a crisis of faith questioning her relationship with God, and Amenadiel has gotten his wings back. As for the others, Maze (Lesley-Ann Brandt) is still on her quest to find her place in the world, and Linda (Rachael Harris) is pregnant with an angel baby. Really, my only complaint with any of this is with Ella. Her crisis of faith is a great addition to her character, but I wish there was a little more time spent on it. It didn’t feel like it lived up to its potential as much as it could have.
So what about Lucifer and Chloe’s relationship you ask? Well, their relationship has always been at the forefront of the show, and in this season things are more complicated than ever. When he finds out she’s plotting against him to trap him in Hell, he is rightfully upset and doesn’t feel like he can trust her. She saw who he truly was and it scared her, so she ran off to Europe for a month. This hurts him because the person he cares about the most doesn’t accept him for who he is, or what he is. When looking at things from both perspectives its easy to understand where they’re coming from. Its not easy learning that a person you care about deeply is Satan himself, then again I haven’t had any personal experience in the matter. This conflict shapes much of their dynamic together for a solid chunk of the season driving Lucifer to indulge in the darker part of his nature with some help by Eve.
Now let’s talk about the man himself, Lucifer. Tom Ellis’s performance has always been incredible, and one of the most underrated on television. The way her portrays the emotional vulnerability and charm that goes with the character is nothing but astounding, and there is a ton of emotional vulnerability to be found here. While there is a lot of it on display, it hits its hardest when Lucifer finally makes an actual breakthrough in his therapy and finds out what his problem has been deep inside. I’m not going to spoil it because it is a genuinely affecting moment, but I will say that it is something that humanize him more than anything else.
There is a lot I can say about this show because there is a lot to be said about it. But, I think what Lucifer boils down to at its core is an idea. That idea is that sometimes people aren’t who we think they are, sometimes they’re better or trying to be and we should give people a chance for change. That’s what this show has always been about, and this season is no exception.
In the end, despite some uneven pacing Lucifer season 4 takes the show to new heights, and gives fans more of what they love. Have you watched the new season? If so, what did you think? Head on down to our official Twitter, Reddit, or Facebook group to let us know!