Lucifer: A Devil of My Word
May 14, 2018 6:15 PM - Season 3, Episode 24 - Subscribe

Shocked by someone's death, Chloe, Lucifer, and the rest of the team work together to investigate and take down the killer. (Season/Series Finale)
posted by oh yeah! (17 comments total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
 
My expectations were so low going into this episode, I ended up being pretty happy with it as a series finale. I got a Maze/Linda reunion, the death of Cain, the resolution of Lucifer's missing devil face/returned wings mystery, and Chloe finally learning & believing the truth.

I'll miss this show. It had its flaws, but, it was reliably entertaining.
posted by oh yeah! at 6:36 PM on May 14 [1 favorite]




A fairly satisfying ending. I'm kinda thrown by the fact that Lucifer doesn't mention Amenadiel. I'm just going to go with Amenadiel returning to Heaven and being happy. It's interesting to me that Ella finally has her faith challenged (why didn't they do this SOONER?) and I'd like to find out what her deal is.

The end reveal does go against Lucifer's theory that his devil face is about how he sees himself and not something that God has done to him. I honestly really like that theory, but if that's the case, the detective shouldn't be seeing his devilface now. And I really wish they had done this sooner rather than fritter away an entire season on Pearce who honestly really wasn't much of a villain.

I am super glad about Maze and Linda although I coulda done with a bit of Maze kicking ass.
posted by miss-lapin at 9:15 PM on May 14 [1 favorite]


Ugh, now I'm really pissed. Had they known it was the end of the series they could have at least given us a couple of minutes of how Chloe deals with learning the truth rather than only getting a mildly shocked expression. Would it really have killed Fox to give them one damn episode? Otherwise, I agree that it would have been a decent enough ending.

I don't need complete resolution, but getting maybe 10 seconds to sit with what amounts to the entire point of the show is deeply unsatisfying.
posted by wierdo at 12:03 AM on May 15 [2 favorites]


I'm kinda thrown by the fact that Lucifer doesn't mention Amenadiel. I'm just going to go with Amenadiel returning to Heaven and being happy.

Amenadiel was mentioned by Lucifer and Pierce in the opening. Pierce asked Lucifer if he had seen Amenadiel, and Lucifer told him (not yet knowing that Pierce had killed Charlotte) that he believed Amenadiel had got his wings back and taken Charlotte up to heaven. Interestingly, he also said he didn't know if Amenadiel would ever return. I wonder if that was a hint that this was supposed to be D.B. Woodside's exit from the show, or if the character would have returned eventually.
posted by katyggls at 7:52 AM on May 15 [1 favorite]


Ah thanks I missed that. I am on pain killers right now for a medical issue and so sometimes I kind of blank out on details.
posted by miss-lapin at 9:02 AM on May 15


The end reveal does go against Lucifer's theory that his devil face is about how he sees himself and not something that God has done to him. I honestly really like that theory, but if that's the case, the detective shouldn't be seeing his devilface now. And I really wish they had done this sooner rather than fritter away an entire season on Pearce who honestly really wasn't much of a villain.

I don't know -- it would be easy to hand-wave his current devil face with "Oh, now that he knows he's the one who brought it on himself, he has control over when it appears and when it doesn't," or "now that he knows the answer, it only appears when his hellishness/heavenliness/whatever is brought to the fore," which could have been the same for Amenadiel and for Cain (if he hadn't expired).

I DO agree that they should have done it sooner, and that Cain's season-long story was terrifically boring and took much of the fun out of the show.
posted by tzikeh at 11:13 AM on May 15 [1 favorite]


It's about damn time! I'm just happy that they finally let the cat all the way out of the bag. I would have been annoyed if they had dragged Choe's disbelief out until the end.

It's also a shame that now that the truth is in the open that we don't have at least a few episodes (or half a season) dealing with the ramifications, including the debate being waged right here about Lucifer's perception of himself, his role in his father's greater plan, and how Chloe now perceives him. I would have also really enjoyed Dan and Ella being let in on the secret and seeing what that would mean to them (maybe Dan would get some relief about Charlotte's fate, and I'd love to see Ella confront questions of her faith when presented with evidence of the divine).

I really wish they hadn't dragged their feet for so long this season. They could have wrapped up the Cain/Sinnerman story so much quicker and had some time left over for the philosophy of religion stuff we were all craving.

That said, it has been a pleasure sharing the viewing of this show with you fine people. It's one of those ones that nobody in my real life actually watches, so it was nice to have people to whine with, laugh with and complain with. Thanks.
posted by sardonyx at 2:41 PM on May 15 [4 favorites]


The end reveal does go against Lucifer's theory that his devil face is about how he sees himself and not something that God has done to him. I honestly really like that theory, but if that's the case, the detective shouldn't be seeing his devilface now.

Miss-lapin, I think I agree with the AV Club recapper's take on why he went devil-faced at the end, which is consistent with there being no direct intervention by God - "In the end, Lucifer becomes the Devil again, as he does the one thing angels aren’t supposed to do, and kills a human. But even if God isn’t the one punishing Lucifer here, Lucifer punishes himself because he knows doing this one thing is monstrous. Lucifer isn’t a killer, just like he’s not a liar."
posted by oh yeah! at 8:13 PM on May 15 [2 favorites]


This season moved so slowly and took forever to get to the point. I wonder if the show would've been renewed if it had moved faster and given us the big moment of Chloe seeing Lucifer's devil face at the midseason break. All of the Sinnerman stuff in the first half ended up serving no purpose beyond linking to Pierce and that could've been done much quicker without sacrificing anything narrative important.
posted by Servo5678 at 5:29 AM on May 16 [1 favorite]


I think oh yeah! and the AV Club are right in their assumption about Lucifer and his devil face, but I figure there is another way out. Lucifer understands the need for Hell to exist, and for somebody to run it. He accepts (makes the decision) that he is the best person for the job, hence the devil face, as he was in the process of watching Cain commit himself to an eternity of punishment.

Where that argument falls down is that he's still wearing his face when he turns to see Chloe, so it must be who he sees himself to be, but the handwavey explanation for that is that now that Chloe understands that what he has been telling her is true, and not just his truth, she can accept all of him, including his real job and nature.

Admittedly, this is a much weaker argument, but not entirely implausible.
posted by sardonyx at 6:33 AM on May 16 [1 favorite]


Well, you could make the argument that it was kinda evil to essentially manipulate Cain into putting himself into Hell. (Not that I'd consider any system that let a narcissist escape punishment merely because they felt no remorse for their poor treatment of others to be delivering any form of reasonable justice)
posted by wierdo at 8:39 AM on May 16


This season moved so slowly and took forever to get to the point. I wonder if the show would've been renewed if it had moved faster and given us the big moment of Chloe seeing Lucifer's devil face at the midseason break. All of the Sinnerman stuff in the first half ended up serving no purpose beyond linking to Pierce and that could've been done much quicker without sacrificing anything narrative important.

I agree. I watched all the way to the end and I don't regret it but the writers seemed completely lost for most of this season. There was no narrative drive.
posted by Justinian at 5:30 PM on May 16 [2 favorites]




Wow, I'm surprised Fox found a way to make it off my shitlist and move up to the "can't trust 'em farther than you can throw 'em" list. It's still annoying, but at least they aren't burying episodes.
posted by wierdo at 10:59 PM on May 21 [1 favorite]


Apparently Netflix just picked up Lucifer for Season 4. So we will get to see Chloe's reaction to Lucifer's reveal.

I'll certainly watch to see how they handle her reaction. However, this needs to be a lot more season 1 Lucifer and a lot less season 3 Lucifer if its gonna grab me for the whole season. Here's hoping Netflix doesn't force them to lean so heavily on the procedural stuff like Fox did!

So I am glad to hear they'll get another bite at the apple but I hope they evaluate what worked and what didn't from the previous season before writing the fourth.
posted by Justinian at 7:12 PM on June 15 [1 favorite]


Yay! I hope that means they’ll get seasons 1-3 as well. I don’t do Hulu, so in addition to resigning myself to there never being new episodes, I was feeling sad about how I likely was never going to get to rewatch the series.
posted by oh yeah! at 2:04 AM on June 16 [1 favorite]


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