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Is Lucifer A Binge-worthy Series?

Kym Du Toit

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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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What Harry Potter Can Learn From Popular TV Adaptations?

Victoria Newell

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With the announcement of a Harry Potter universe TV show, fans are alive with excitement and a little bit of concern. Will it live up to the hype? There are already concerns about TV adaptations, with all information about the Avatar: The Last Airbender have been extremely disappointing. People are worried that this show could be underwhelming out there. But there are several examples of shows that exist within a massive fandom that have seen large-scale success. Some of these big budget, large fan-base tv shows over the past decade include Game of Thrones, WandaVision, and The Mandalorian. So what can the Harry Potter series learn from the successes and failures of other popular TV adaptations?

Game of Thrones

For a decade, Game of Thrones ruled the silver screen. One of the most critically acclaimed and financially successful shows of all time, it had a massive following. But Game of Thrones had an overwhelmingly disappointing finale; and that’s what Harry Potter can learn from them. The writing in Game of Thrones was phenomenal in the early seasons because they pulled from the book. Even though Game of Thrones did not always stay true to the book’s plot, they stayed true to the character’s adaptations and development. Furthermore, they were staying on the basic plot line and end goal. When they ran out of books to adapt, the show began to take a decline. A great example is Peter Dinklage’s Tyrion, who’s character’s intelligent and witty writing plummeted after the writers couldn’t pull from the books anymore.

Author G.R.R Martin told the showrunners that they would need several more seasons to end the show the way the books will eventually end. But the showrunners were ready to only give it one more season. As a result, the last season was rushed and half-baked, throwing out all of the character development of the last ten years.

Where Harry Potter can learn from this is that they need to have a clear vision. Even if they don’t pull from books directly, if any characters from the books are making an appearance in the show, they need to be consistent with their portrayal in the books. For the story to be successful, they need to have a vision for the ending and work towards that ending for a good final pay-off. Where Game of Thrones was just adapting as they went without an end in mind, Harry Potter has the opportunity to start preparing for a great pay-off now. The Marvel Cinematic Universe is a perfect example of preparing for a great pay off early, laying down the ground-work for a finale a decade later in Iron Man. Today they are starting a new arc, kicking off the next Marvel run with a tv show;WandaVision.

WandaVision

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The current phenomenon WandaVision is still entertaining Marvel fans, and is set to end in two weeks. The first Marvel TV show to blatantly connect to the MCU, WandaVision is an amazing example of a show that expands on a fictional universe. The show follows Wanda Maximoff (Scarlet Witch) as she creates an alternate universe for her to live out her sit-com suburban fantasies with the dead corpse of Vision. It’s a darker turn for the MCU, and is sparking an entire online discourse full of fan-theories and speculation. While the ending to WandaVision is still a mystery, it’s becoming clear that it will set up the Multiverse, and perhaps the X-Men, Fantastic Four, and the Young Avengers. It has serious and exciting implications for the future of the MCU.

This Harry Potter series has potential to do the same thing. It could expand upon the Harry Potter universe and add new content to the greater world. What makes WandaVision so exciting is how it is enlarging the MCU for the next decade. The Harry Potter show is perfectly poised to do the same thing. It’s important to note that this seems to be what Fantastic Beasts is attempting to do. But where Fantastic Beasts fails is where WandaVision succeeds. WandaVision has familiar (previously minor) characters with established emotional weight at its center (Wanda and Vision). Fantastic Beasts has mostly strangers at its core. If Harry Potter wants to seriously expand the universe, it would be in it’s benefit to have some familiarity at its center (such as the Marauders or the Blacks).

The Mandalorian

The Mandalorian does somewhat the opposite of WandaVision, and is another direction for Harry Potter. Star Wars spin off The Mandalorian places new characters in a fairly familiar setting. Star Wars has a lot of lore, and Mandalorian is an episodic show that just explores that lore. It doesn’t introduce a lot of new content, and has a lot of familiar faces in and out, such as Ahsoka Tano and Boba Fett. However, it centres on new characters with different roles.

Harry Potter too has a lot of lore attached to it, just hang out on Pottermore for a few hours, and the series could take a Mandalorian approach. Give us new characters in a familiar world with a new role. Such as a person who works in the Ministry of Magic, or Hogwarts from the perspective of the professors. While Mandalorian provides more depth to the events after Return of the Jedi, it doesn’t add a lot new to the story. Almost everything has been introduced somewhere else. Harry Potter doesn’t have to put a lot of pressure on it’s tv show to introduce a lot of new things, but can simply exist within the universe in an episodic fashion.

Wrapping up

There are plenty of directions that this Harry Potter show could take, and that’s what makes it exciting. Learning from these three very successful TV shows that exist within a large fandom, Harry Potter has a lot to take away from them. A clear story arc is the most important thing this show can learn from all three of these examples. Whether it adds more to the universe, or exists within the pre-existing Harry Potter sandbox has yet to be seen. Whatever they do, it is sure to bring a little more magic into our lives.


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