Have you binge watched Lucifer on Netflix already? If not we’re going to have a look at if you should give the series a go.
Lockdown has had us all feeling a little glum. Add in the arctic weather that seems to have set up camp for the time being, it is all very bleak. Que Netflix – our beacon of hope, our silver lining in bold, red letters. But what’s worth binging at the moment?
Lucifer is one many have heard of. But because of the show’s constant change of broadcaster, many have given up watching. From Fox, to Amazon Prime and finally Netflix, the show has been on the ropes many times. After only three seasons the American broadcaster dropped the show. Leaving a storyline hanging, and viewers in suspense. Thankfully, Netflix quickly picked up the series. After a fourth, and half of a fifth season, fans are crying out for more.
But is it really a binge-worthy series? I would argue, absolutely. If only to watch the Welsh-born comedian Tom Ellis in action. There’s something satisfying about watching the Devil strut the streets of LA in a suit. If Oscar Wilde and Noël Coward had a love child, Tom Ellis’ character would be the byproduct. What’s even more satisfying? Watching the Devil take down sinners alongside the L.A.P.D. If only to find the correct person to punish.
Let’s look at some reasons why you should add Lucifer to your watchlist and binge it.
Will they, won’t they?
Many crime-dramas have love interests built into the story line. But how about a love story involving the Prince of Hell and a detective? It sounds worrisome, and it is. Throughout the first four seasons Lucifer and Chloe go toe-to-toe, make up, only to fight again. It’s a roller-coaster, but one that keeps us at the edge of our seats.
The pair’s romantic tet-a-tet isn’t the only one to give you whiplash. Archangel Amenadiel, eldest brother of Lucifer and all-round peacekeeper. He begins with faithful intentions, only to quickly begin a downward spiral. His relationship with demon Maze runs dry when she plans to kill him after their lovemaking (ouch). Later in the series, he turns his back on his own feelings towards humans, only to fall into bed with a Therapist.
Questionable, yet believable cases
The series isn’t shy when it comes to gruesome crimes. In fact, the producers seem to love nothing more than a good grisly murder. From impaling to drowning by pudding – this show literally has it all.
The crimes only seem to get more repulsive as the seasons develop. Fox seemed to have downplayed the grisly. Whereas Netflix had no qualms in creating the image of a victim with their vocal cords severed – gross.
Yet, the cases aren’t your run-of-the-mill “obvious”. There are so many twists and turns its often hard to keep up. The odd case isn’t even solved within one episode.
Lucifer’s link to cases
Speaking of cases. The irony between Lucifer and almost every crime is laughable. Yet, it makes great television. Especially as Lucifer often recoils at the fact that his father – all mighty God. May have manipulated the situation just to get a reaction out of him. It’s amazing how Lucifer is physically tied to many cases, yet no one bats an eyelid.
Good or evil?
Considering this show exposes divinity, it does a poor job of drawing the lines between good and evil. But this is one of it’s best assets. Lucifer doesn’t set out to show you a good angel or a bad demon. In fact, these lines are completely blurred to show just how much free will even divinity holds.
God is also discussed in almost every episode. How he manipulates every concept on earth, even his own children. Yet, clues throughout point to the idea that God isn’t to blame. Though, this is yet to be confirmed.
However you view Lucifer, you can’t deny the banter is strong. I often giggled at Lucifer’s charms. His complete ignorance of his surroundings often leads him into problems. Yet, he managed to Wilde his way out of trouble with ease.
Character development and character relations are also excellently portrayed. They’re believable, deep and often heart-clenching. If you haven’t watched Lucifer yet, you most certainly won’t be disappointed. That is, until you reach season 5 episode 8. Only to find further production has been halted due to the pandemic.
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Loki Episode 6 – Review
Episode six of Loki from Marvel is here, streaming now on Disney Plus. It’s time for the series finale. Here’s our review.
SPOILERS: If you’re reading this then you’ve probably seen the show, but if not there are spoilers ahead.
More to come
The post-credit scene showed that a second series has already been ordered, meaning this finale is essentially the end of Part One. Thank goodness it is. Because if this was the denouement of the entire Loki story then there’s a good chance it would go down in television infamy as one of the more unusual series endings.
Introducing the big bad
We pick up from Sylvie and Loki’s defeat of The Alioth as they look at the citadel upon the rock at the end of time. They make their way to the entrance, and upon being invited in they’re met by Miss Minutes. It’s been widely predicted that ‘she’ would be an agitator in this series. And at last her role has been revealed. She is an emissary of Kang The Conquerer, embedded within the TVA.
She offers Loki the earth, almost literally, as she tries to coax him to betray Sylvie. Her offers of infinity stones, defeating Thanos etc. Happily, Loki rejects all the trinkets that she offers. Instead, he and Sylvie head into the lift where they meet ‘He Who Remains’ aka Kang The Conquerer. A 31st-century scientist and the true timekeeper.
Sylvie attempts to kill him but he quickly demonstrates some of his powers by dodging and weaving her before she gives in and the three of them sit down for a very long discussion. To sum up what was a lengthy and occasionally fairly tedious scene. He Who Remains (HWR) asks Loki and Sylvie to kill him and take over the role of controlling the timeline. Loki is extremely reticent but Sylvie, angry at what HWR’s meddling has done to her life, is desperate to do so.
Meanwhile, back at TVA HQ, Renslayer is informed by Miss Minutes of HWR’s plan. Showing her dual role and playing on Renslayer’s desperation to keep the TVA active and relevant.
Loki and Sylvie get into a physical fight over what to do with HWR. With Loki recognising how the timeline will fragment with branches springing up all over the place. But Sylvie is consumed by her rage and eventually overpowers Loki, sending him back to the TVA and then kills He Who Remains.
Setting up season two
Loki finds Mobius and tries to explain what has happened. But then discovers the terrible effects of what Sylvie has done by apparently killing HWR. Mobius has no idea who Loki is. This situation is then made worse when Loki looks out to see a statue of He Who Remains adorning TVA HQ. Loki realises that he is in a different timeline branch. One where HWR or Kang is in control of everything. Sylvie has been manipulated into apparently killing him which has enabled him to increase his power further.
Jonathan Majors was masterful as He Who Remains. Which is what you’d expect from someone with a Masters in acting from Yale. He was flamboyant, powerful and mesmerising, which is exactly what you want from a major villain. He will be back in AntMan 3 as Kang The Conquerer and is set to be the key villain in the next phase of the MCU post-Endgame and Thanos.
I have been extremely positive about this series, as I think it has been the strongest and most cohesive of the Marvel series so far this year. But I can’t disagree with anyone who felt short-changed by this finale. My 11-year-old son was pretty vocal in his disappointment the moment the credits rolled, and he was absolutely right. He is one of the most obsessive Marvel fans around and if he was underwhelmed, I feel pretty sure he was reflecting the majority view. Nothing I’ve seen online since has dissuaded me from that either.
Phase 4 groundwork
It seemed that the finale was essentially an exercise in introducing He Who Remains or Kang to our screens ahead of AntMan 3. While this isn’t necessarily a problem, it meant that the focus shifted away from being the climax of this series. Instead of being a prologue for the next phase of the MCU, which does seem a peculiar decision.
There are those who feel that the series original premise of Loki and Mobius teaming up to find Variants dotted around time and space was dropped after the first two episodes. Instead, it was replaced with a love story between Sylvie and Loki and a voyage of discovery with Mobius reduced to a bit part for the rest of the series.
But, the cliffhanger at the end of the series as Loki returns to the TVA does give me hope that Series Two will be an even better follow up.
CULTURE CROSSING SCORE 6/10
Thank you for reading our review of Loki episode six. Do you agree or disagree with our points or have anything to add? If so, leave us a comment below.
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