Hello, everyone, and welcome to Part Three of Fangirlish’s four part episodic review of Lucifer Season 5!
This two episode review comes with the same disclaimer as its predecessors:
I am writing these reviews in real time. This means that, at the time of writing this review, I do not know what will happen in the episodes that follow.
I do not know if my complaints will be addressed in literally the very next episode.
I do not know if certain aspects of the plot are going to shift.
I do not know if my speculations are accurate or way off base.
Now, let’s pick up where we left off with Lucifer Season 5: The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly.
I wish you guys could see my jot notes for these episodes (especially Detective Amenadiel) because they are chaotic in the best possible way. Your girl was writing in all sorts of margins, scribble-screaming frantically about everything that was happening because, after how lackluster the previous two episodes felt to me, these two were amazing.
Especially Detective Amenadiel.
I absolutely loved that episode.
One thing you need to know about me is that I love Amenadiel. Amenadiel is my guy – he is my dude, and watching that episode made me realize just how important he is to me, to this show, to everyone around him.
We would all be lost without Amenadiel.
Ugh, Amenadiel, you know?
Let’s break this all down further because I can’t just sit here and spout incoherent professions of love and adoration for Amenadiel. This section will for sure be the longest of the three, because I think these were my favorite episodes yet (bearing in mind, of course, that I haven’t seen the mid-season finale and its predecessor).
Alright, let me try to turn these wild notes into coherent thoughts, starting from the beginning.
I loved, loved, loved Amenadiel’s explanation of exactly how Chloe being a gift to Lucifer works. I love that she isn’t so much an object, as she was beginning to believe, but moreso a gift because she is the only person who cannot be controlled, manipulated, or coerced in any way by Lucifer and his devilish magnetism (or, rather, his mojo).
What makes Chloe perfect for Lucifer is the fact that she is the only mortal who has a choice about whether or not she is attracted to him. She is the only person in the entire world who can see Lucifer for who he is and fall in love with that man.
She is the only person whom Lucifer can know for certain loves him for him and not for the irresistible pull he has on any human who comes into contact with him.
The gift is that what Chloe feels for Lucifer can only be real – not predetermined by God or fate, as she was led to believe.
I also love the clarification that Chloe doesn’t make Lucifer vulnerable – he chooses to be that way with her, consciously or subconsciously. It just further proves that Lucifer is totally and completely hers.
He’s, quite literally, made himself vulnerable and open to Chloe in every possible way he can.
Putty in her hands, baby.
(And, oh my God, Chloe and Lucifer showing up at BlueBallz being all adorable and in love and holding hands – ugh. Be still my beating heart. This is all I’ve ever wanted.)
Steering away from Deckerstar for a hot second:
I feel like we got the old Dan back in BlueBallz, and I’m really happy to see him. I felt like self-help obsessed Dan was this cheap, throw-away caricature of Dan and it was just a waste of his character.
I don’t have much to say in terms of just lukewarm “badness.”
The thing I could think to put here for these episodes is that I wasn’t a huge fan of jealous, insecure Lucifer.
I really love the idea of Lucifer and Chloe being solid – and maybe that just me be an idealistic shipper, but back in the first couple of episodes, when Chloe was so confident and sure of Lucifer, and where she stood with him, and the fact that she knew Lucifer, and knew Lucifer would never hurt her the way Michael tried to…
That is the version of Deckerstar that I love.
So, I definitely hope to see less insecurity from Lucifer when it comes to Chloe and his relationship with her moving forward.
And, look, I get that this partially stemmed from her telling her ex that she wasn’t in a relationship after they’d just had this sweet moment where they talked about their feelings for each other and all of that.
I get that.
I needed a bad thing.
For the sake of the format.
And that was just something that I was, “Meh,” about.
Pardon my French, but fuck Maze this season.
She is awful, and she was so freaking cruel to Linda when Linda was trying to be open and vulnerable with her – when Linda was only trying to help her. Linda told Maze something that is incredibly personal and painful for her, and Maze spent the rest of the episode torturing her for her mistake.
It was brutal.
To the point where I can’t even say that it’s understandable anymore. She treats her friends like garbage, then seems to get over it, but then will screw someone else over a second later – it’s just…
It’s too much.
And her turning on Linda comes after she’s already betrayed both Chloe and Lucifer in pretty major ways. It’s so frustrating that she continues to betray her friends, continues to hurt them, and they keep just…letting it slide.
Like, it’s just Maze being Maze, or whatever.
I get that Maze is going through something, I do. But, frankly, they are all going through some serious shit, and no one else is going to the lengths she is to hurt other people in order to make herself feel better.
I absolutely hate who she’s become this season.
Her betrayals have already been pretty unforgivable, in my opinion, and I’m sure they’re only going to get worse (which is truly unfortunate because Maze used to be a favorite of mine).
I’m gonna say it:
Detective Amenadiel is my favorite episode of the season so far.
I loved being able to see Amenadiel’s power, his draw. I loved having the chance to explore celestial lore and to see his affect on people versus Lucifer’s and Michael’s. It was super cool and interesting.
Deckerstar is adorable and I can not wait to see what happens with them, moving forward, as a couple.
Do better, girl.
We’ve only got one more review to go! Mid-season finale, here I come.
Lucifer season 5 is available to stream on Netflix.