Thursday, May 18, 2017

Lucifer - God Johnson

I've been looking forward to this episode since the moment I heard about the casting. I did have some trepidation as to Lucifer actually exploring God in human form as much of the show's premise relies on him to be an absentee parent. With "God Johnson" the show's writers get to have their cake and eat it to while providing both a cathartic reunion of sorts for Lucifer (Tom Ellis) and dear old dad while finding a way to still keep God far removed from the daily life of his son and his Los Angeles shenanigans.

A murder at a mental institution where the primarily suspect believes himself to be God inspires Lucifer to go undercover, albeit more to find out the truth about God Johnson (Timothy Omundson) than solve the case. The more time our devil spends with the man the more he becomes convinced that his father has followed him to Earth. This leads Lucifer to break the man out of the looney bin and set up a date between his parents with Parent Trap implications (with some questionable motivation) in one of the wackier segments the show has attempted.

The reveal of how Mr. Johnson knows the things he knows and has a touch of the divine may be a bit of a cheat, but one that still pays off in the end. Not only does the episode allow Lucifer to get rid of some much needed baggage, but it also further angers the devil as he realizes his real father would be far less understanding and forgiving of his son's mistakes. While not as strong as the main story, the subplot of an overly-friendly Maze (Lesley-Ann Brandt) attempting to help Chloe (Lauren German) provides more than its share of amusement and the show even finds a way to make Mum (Tricia Helfer) and Dan's (Kevin Alejandro) relationship more than just a punchline.

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