Monday, September 7, 2020

Lucifer - It Never Ends Well for the Chicken

Once upon a time, the Devil went to New York City. Lucifer (Tom Ellis) tells Trixie (Scarlett Estevez) the story of his ring, not realizing that Maze (Lesley-Ann Brandt) has put her up to it in order to learn more about the secret which Michael foreshadowed earlier in the season. Presented in black-and-white, the story features several of the show's stars as the Devil takes care to make it more interesting to his audience. The result is a stylish episode that both works as a standalone tale and part of the larger season arc as we see its themes creep into the storytelling from time to time. And, not least importantly, the story introduces us to Lilith, also played by Lesley-Ann Brandt, the mother of all demons.

Lesley-Ann Brandt is the stand-out of the episode. As much as I've enjoyed Maze, who finds a clever way to manipulate Lucifer into providing the information she seeks, "It Never Ends Well for the Chicken" shows us how much more she is capable of. As Trixie begins to share the story with Maze, does make one wonder just how much of Lucifer's story the detective's daughter believes. Lucifer replacing the male detective he worked with in favor of Chloe (Lauren German) provides some unusual moments between the series leads, some of which work better than others, while the set-up also allows for the return of Tricia Helfer playing the role of the private eye's wife. As for season implications, the reveal that Lilith's immortality being contained in Lucifer's ring seems forebode things to come.

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