I am so excited for Lucifer! Ever since I left the Supernatural fandom in a blind rage, I have been searching for another interesting pseudo-religious show, and I think I found it. Furthermore, the show is based on a loose adaptation of the character Lucifer from Neil Gaiman’s comic The Sandman and the spinoff comic Lucifer. Sadly, though, Lucifer does not look like David Bowie like he does in the comic. I guess we can’t have it all. But oh well, let’s talk about the trailer.
Regretfully, I have not read the Lucifer comic so I’m not sure how the comic compares to the trailer, but I have read most of The Sandman comics and it seems that the show will pick up after Lucifer quits Hell and goes off to live on Earth. The biggest difference seems to be that obviously the Endless don’t exist, so certain events have changed. In The Sandman comic The Seasons of Mist, Lucifer kicks all of the damned souls and demons out of Hell and then abdicates the throne, but not before turning the keys of Hell over to Dream. The damned souls and demons cause havoc on Earth while Dream figures out what to do with the keys of Hell. Various gods, demi-gods, and other spirits come to bargain with Dream to gain Hell for themselves. However, Dream eventually gives the keys of Hell to the angels Duma and Remiel and all the damned souls and demons return. Based on the trailer, it seems that Lucifer simply leaves Hell. He doesn’t turn over the keys of Hell to anyone and doesn’t seem to be aware or maybe doesn’t care about the consequences of leaving.
Does this mean that all the demons and damned souls are now on Earth? Amenadiel, the angel in the trailer played by D.B. Woodside, whom you may remember from Buffy the Vampire Slayer, certainly seems to imply that that is so. Amenadiel seems intent on convincing Lucifer to return to Hell probably because many of the demons and damned souls are on Earth. In the comics, this caused very obvious and terrifying problems, and we can assume that they will have a big role (at least as monsters of the week) in the show.
I am annoyed that the series appears to start with fridging a female character so that Lucifer will be motivated to work with the police, but despite that, there does appear to a whole host of female characters in the show. There’s Linda, Lucifer’s therapist, which—how awesome is it to see Satan in therapy? There is also Maze, Lucifer’s lover, a demon and a descendant of Lilith. And finally, our main female character Chloe Dance, the homicide detective whom Lucifer works with to help the LAPD solve crimes. Chloe especially seems interesting because she doesn’t appear to be affected by Lucifer’s charms, and doesn’t seem to put up with his bullshit. I am, however, nervous that she will end up being simply Lucifer’s love interest and/or fulfill the trope of women as conscience, where female characters are there basically to play Jiminy Cricket to a male character. I am also disappointed by how conventionally attractive Maze is, because she is clearly based on Mazikeen from the comics. Mazikeen looks more monstrous, but Lucifer still finds her beautiful and seems to care for her. And while I understand the show not wanting to constantly have to do make up for Maze or even have Maze hide her appearance, it bothers me that Maze still has to be so stereotypically attractive.
There is also the issue of the lack of people of color. Yes, Amenadiel is Black, and Dan, another LAPD homicide detective, is played by Nicholas Gonzalez, but neither appear to be major characters. In fact, though both characters are listed on the Lucifer wikipedia page as being major characters, neither are even listed on IMDb, which makes me nervous that their characters may not last long.
Overall, though, I think the show seems extremely interesting and intriguing. As long as the show is done well, I think it has a lot of potential and I can’t wait to see it when it airs in 2016.