Thursday, 10 September 2015

FOX's Lucifer Was Sent from the Depths of Hell


Lucifer:

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Written & produced by Tom Kapinos (Californication, Dawson). Based on characters created by Neil Gaiman, Sam Kieth & Mark Dringenberg. Co-produced by Jerry Bruckheimer (CSI, Pirates of the Caribbean, Cold Case, Without a trace…), Jonathan Littman (CSI, CSI Miami, Cold Case, Hostages) & KristieAnne Reed (CSI Cyber, Chase, Miami Medical). Directed by Len Wiseman (Underworld, Die Hard 4, Sleepy Hollow, Hawaii 5-0). For FOX, Warner Bros. Television, DC Comics, Jerry Bruckheimer Television & Aggresive Mediocrity.

Description: a bored and unhappy Lucifer Morningstar, the Lord of Hell, has resigned his throne and abandoned his kingdom for the gorgeous, shimmering insanity of Los Angeles, where he has opened an exclusive nightclub called Lux. When an ex-lover of his turned pop star is shot dead in front of him, he decides to investigate on his own but police officer Chloe Dancer keeps on standing in his way and getting on his nerves. They have no choice but to reluctantly collaborate, something they might find quite tasty after a while. Lucifer now gets his kicks helping the LAPD punish criminals…

With Tom Ellis (Miranda, Rush, The Fades), Lauren German (Hawaii 5-0, Chicago Fire), Nicholas Gonzales (The OC, Resurrection Blvd., Melrose Place 2009), Lesley-Ann Brandt (Spartacus, The Librarians, Single Ladies), D.B. Woodside (Suits, 24, Buffy, Single Ladies), Rachael Harris (Very Bad Trip, Suits)…

Gregory’s Thoughts

During development season, Lucifer was one of the few projects which I was intrigued by. I am not a major fan of DC comics (which serves as the source material for Lucifer) and am only familiar with the major characters like Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman etc. therefore, hearing about a comic book interpretation of Lucifer (aka the devil himself) was something I had never seen nor heard before. However, in February, FOX revealed a slight change to the premise of the show. Rather than Lucifer running his own lounge bar like he does in the comics, Lucifer would now be helping the police department solve crimes in his spare time “for fun”. Lucifer instantly went from an exciting project to another police procedural with a devilish twist.
On the other hand, the trailer appears to show a more sexy, fun and thrilling aspect of the tired cop show model, Tom Kapinos’ dark and twisted brand of humour which used to the individual quality of FOX for both its dramas (House) and comedies (Family Guy)

I should have predicted Lucifer would have an English accent. Americans seem to love British villains. Maybe our accent makes dry humour and dark comedy all the funnier. Tom Ellis is a young, handsome lead whom I’m sure many females – and males – will be instantly attracted to, alongside his British accent. Lucifer’s supernatural powers of locking eyes with others to reveal their deepest desires make the character even more attractive, and will also be a useful tool when investigating criminals.

Lucifer is a very fun pilot filled with witty one liner’s, funky rock music and an ensemble of devilish characters with lots of room for development. It’s a shame the show will not place heavy focus on the mythological aspects of hell and the otherworldly origins of Lucifer, but the show still manages to bring a unique interpretation of the standard cop show.
Edit: 26 January 2016, following a brand new episode of The X Files, Lucifer premiered to a solid 2.4 rating in 18-49 and 7.2 million viewers, tying Rosewood as Fox's highest-rated series launch this season. Lucifer more than doubled the premiere of Minority Report.

UPDATE: Lucifer has been renewed for a second season!

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