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Is Lucifer A Binge-worthy Series?

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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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Cobra Kai Season 4 – Review

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Cobra Kai season four is out now on Netflix and the All Valley is back and better than ever. Here’s our review.

SPOILERS: If you’re reading this then you’ve probably seen the show, but if not there are spoilers ahead.

It’s January, and new shows are popping up everywhere. This brings us to the show that I and my friends have been holding our breaths for: the fourth season of the hit Netflix series Cobra Kai! After three seasons, I wondered if there was anything left to mine from the Karate Kid lore or the Johnny/Daniel dynamic. I am happy to report that this might be my favourite season yet! It manages to not only expand upon the universe it has created, but to bring in a new villain, who is so bad that he threatens to outdo even John Kreese!

Alliance

Season four sets us off where the third left off, with Johnny and Daniel having joined forces to fight Cobra Kai. Their friendship arc is the glue that holds this season together. The story focuses largely on whether they will be able to pull it together and make their partnership work. As in previous seasons, their relationship has its ups and downs. The stakes are heightened, however, as the season leads up to the All-Valley Tournament. A bet between the three senseis – Kreese, Daniel, and Johnny – means that losing the All Valley is losing the title of sensei.

This season explores the ways that both Johnny and Daniel work with the kids. It also examines the kids’ struggles as they prepare for the All Valley while dealing with conflict within the ever-changing network of friends and enemies in the dojos. Robbie has left juvenile hall and decided to join up with Cobra Kai as a means of inflicting revenge on both his dad and Daniel. Tori and Sam continue their rivalry. And John Reese’s old friend Terry Silver (of Karate Kid 3 fame) shows up to kick Cobra Kai into high gear.

Daniel’s son, Anthony, who has largely been absent until now, faces his own dilemma when his friends begin bullying Kenny, the new kid in town. This soft-spoken middle school character brings us into the world of the younger kids, setting up yet another storyline. Kenny becomes the victim of a gang of kids (including Anthony), enduring round after round of bullying before Robbie takes him under his wing. After his induction into Cobra Kai, the formerly shy middle-schooler becomes a bully himself.

Shades of grey

This brings me to one of my favourite things about the show. The constant back and forth dynamic between characters makes us feel that anything is possible. There is no black and white in the world of Cobra Kai. Where the Karate Kid told us that Daniel was good, and Johnny was bad, this show gives us a very different point of view. It’s a world where we’re never sure who to root for. In this season, we even see Hawk make a return to the “good guys” side after giving up his spot at Cobra Kai.

With Eagle Fang (Johnny’s new dojo) and Miyagi-Do teaming up, the kids – and the adults – have to learn to work together. Of course, complications ensue. Johnny becomes jealous of what he perceives as Miguel’s preference for Daniel over him. Sam wants to learn both her dad’s karate style and Johnny’s, despite her father’s discouragement. Meanwhile, at Cobra Kai, Kreese is losing his grip on the dojo. His former war buddy, Terry Silver, puts off a rather benign appearance in episode one, growing more and more evil with each episode.

This season is lacking in many of the big fight scenes of the previous seasons, instead choosing to focus their energy on the characters. The All Valley Tournament features several great karate matches and offers a satisfying conclusion to Johnny and Daniel’s arc. In the end, Cobra Kai takes the tournament win, but Johnny and Daniel have reached an understanding.

New champions

Tori defeats Sam to take the women’s All Valley trophy but later overhears her sensei paying off one of the referees. It’s clear that Cobra Kai has pulled yet another fast one. But the season ends on an even more ominous – and unexpected – note. Terry Silver assaults the over-aged former Cobra Kai member, Stingray, sending him to the hospital. He then makes a deal with Stingray to blame the crime on Kreese. We end the season with Kreese in handcuffs, Terry Silver set to take over Cobra Kai, and the future of Eagle Fang and Miyagi-Do uncertain. In a last shocking twist, Miguel leaves town in search of his biological father.

Although some may miss the school hallway throw downs, I found this one satisfying in a different way. It just goes to show that the ever-expanding Cobra Kai universe can keep bringing surprises season after season.


CULTURE CROSSING SCORE 9/10


Thank you for reading our review of Cobra Kai season four. Do you agree or disagree with our points or have anything to add? If so, leave us a comment below.


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