‘Lucifer’ Recap and Review: “City of Angels?”
On last night’s special edition of Lucifer, we went back to Lucifer’s (and subsequently Amenadiel’s) first day on Earth back in 2011. In the middle of a montage of Lucifer taking part in Earth’s many pleasures like sex and alcohol, Amenadiel comes to crash the party by telling him that he has to go back to Hell.
Lucifer asks for some time to say his goodbyes to his so-called lady friends and Amenadiel steps outside, only to get shot and robbed. The mugger takes his necklace, AKA the one that his father gave him. So understandably, he wants to get it back and figure out who took his necklace. After coming up short at the police station (via Detective Chloe Decker, who at this point in time is merely an officer), Amenadiel asks Lucifer for his help. Later on, Amenadiel sees that the jogger that passed him right before the mugging was found dead and figures that this jogger, who’s actually an MMA fighter named Aidan, and his killer had something to do with the guy who mugged him.
Turns out whoever killed him, spoiler alert, the gym owner, did it because Aidan wouldn’t purposefully throw a fight in exchange a load of money. Through the investigation though, we saw:
- Chloe and Dan as a married couple with Chloe as an officer determined to make detective and Dan already working as a homicide detective.
- Lucifer and Amenadiel brawl both literally and figuratively in what I can only describe as a buddy cop comedy and a family sitcom put together.
- The original Charlotte Richards
- Maze coming to Earth for the first time and cutting off Lucifer’s wings at the end of the episode.
Overall, it was nice to see what the characters were like before everyone interacted with each other, who were still pretty similar to their current selves: Chloe, who, even without being established as a detective yet, is still full of ambition and drive, Charlotte is, like she’s mentioned before, representing (“alleged”) criminals, and Lucifer still has a soft spot for being labeled as evil.
But despite the similarities, there were obviously a few differences, which was interesting; Charlotte is, as we know, trying to change for the better after her trip to hell, Chloe, being an officer, didn’t have the same jurisdiction or establishment as she does now as a detective, and Lucifer didn’t investigate the death of the MMA fighter because he wanted to, he only did it to distract his brother and to ultimately get rid of him.
Lucifer returns on January 22nd.
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