Lucifer season 5B is here! And as we strive to bring you more coverage, Raquel and I are dividing up the episodes. I reviewed 5×13 “A Little Harmless Stalking,” and Raquel brought you the scenes you can’t miss for that episode, and now it’s the other way around, Raquel has reviewed the episode and I want to talk 5 scenes you can’t miss from Lucifer 5×14 “Nothing Lasts Forever.” This is an emotional episode, and picking only five was harder than it has been in any of the other episode, but five I picked, because rules are rules.
So, without further ado, here are the five scenes from Lucifer5×14 “Nothing Lasts Forever” you absolutely can’t miss:
“Wait, you’re gonna be what?“
Credit when credit is due, the first thing Lucifer does after he declares he’s gonna be God is …tell Chloe about his plan. And credit when credit is due, Chloe doesn’t patronize him, she never does. Instead the asks the hard questions, because that’s how their partnership works. And look, if my partner said he was going to be God, I’d have some concerns too. Like, real ones.
Lucifer tries to deviate her attention by talking about “that thing you like,” which sorta makes her smile and blush, so I would actually like to petition Netflix for a thorough demonstration of that thing she likes, please and thank you. But in the end there’s nothing he can do other than ask Chloe to trust him. And Chloe does, she truly does.
It’s not blind faith, either. Lucifer has proven himself to be trustworthy. He might not always have the words, but he has the actions. He will be there for Chloe, through thick and thin. And though Chloe seems less than sure about the God part, I want to believe there’s a little voice inside of her telling her that he would actually be really good at this job, if he tried.
“So, I hear you’re gonna be God?”
This might not seem like such a big scene, and it’s certainly not the dramatic feelings-filled confrontation people expected, or maybe wanted, but in a way, it makes perfect sense to me. We often lose sight of the fact that Lucifer and Maze’s relationship has spawned thousands of years. Sure, the fight at the precinct might seem like a big thing for us humans, but on the grand scheme of all these two have lived, it registers as a spat, at most.
Maze is deflecting in this conversation, of course. She wanted a soul, she got it, she realized that came with feelings and emotions, and now she’s trying to avoid. A part of me feels like Lucifer knows it, recognizes it, and also probably feels like it’s not his place to say anything about it. Above all he’s always had great respect for Maze’s choices, and he has gotten in trouble with her before for not just …taking her at her word and giving her what she wants. So that’s exactly what he does in this case. Maze wants to be the queen of hell? He’ll be happy to oblige.
It’s a good thing to see their relationship hasn’t truly been damaged by her siding with Michael for a bit, but at some point, before this show is over, I’m going to need some acknowledgement of affection between these two. They have both gotten so much better at expressing their emotions, and this story won’t feel like it has truly come full circle until they admit to each other what we all know by now, what we’ve known for a long time.
I have almost no words for the disaster Lucifer created out of good intentions mixed with selfish ones. It’s the Lucifer way, after all. He pretends all he does is for his benefit, and he always considers his own benefit, but a part of him is also always considering …what other people need. He just would like everyone to focus on the first part, lest they start thinking he cares.
He should have just taken Chloe out on a date, but he’s still so focused on how his celestial issues affect his relationship with Chloe, that he cannot possibly focus on just Chloe for as long as he needs. So he brings not just God, but Chloe’s mother into it, because, of course, who could be the best partner for his Dad than …Chloe’s mom.
Even without going into how weird that is, I think this just speaks to how highly he thinks of Chloe. Literally everything that’s connected to Chloe is good for Lucifer, and even though he knows a lot of Penelope Decker’s issues, that still doesn’t give him pause. Chloe is the best person he knows, and so everyone connected to her still ends up smelling like roses.
But, seriously, next time, even if it’s a sting …just a regular date, okay?
“Everyone has darkness in them. It’s not about getting rid of it. It’s about accepting it.”
Ella’s journey this season speaks directly to my heart, because we don’t often get to see characters like Ella, who are so much about the joy, the light, the happiness, get to explore the fact that we all feel inadequate sometimes, we all feel bad. And for Ella, this thing where she’s attracted to bad people, or she’s had back luck in love, translates to something personal about her. Why would she attract these people if she were a good person?
Despite Amenadiel’s words last episode, Ella has to deal with these issues herself, and I find it hugely important that she tries talking to Linda about it, because Ella is Latina, and if there’s one thing latinos are good at, is avoiding therapy. And issues. So, to have a character like her, who doesn’t hide her roots, and who makes this decision, is hugely important representation wise. She’ll be a role model for a lot of young girls who might see her and decide that, you know what, getting help is actually cool. Ella did it.
Her conversation with God is crucial, not because of the words God is saying, which are very important, but because it feels like Ella might be starting to listen to them. Darkness isn’t a thing you erase, and darkness doesn’t attract darkness. If anything, maybe her light – combined with some of her self-confidence issues – is attracting those bad people. But other people’s actions aren’t on Ella. Only hers are. And it’s time she start thinking about that, and about balance, instead of just focusing on the bad, or perceived bad.
“I love you, son. And I am very proud of the man you’ve become.“
The entire family reunion scene is a tear-jerker, but this particular moment is not just a full circle moment for Lucifer Season 5B, but a full circle moment for the show in general. This is what Lucifer has been waiting for since season 1, this is the thing that drove him to rebellion, the root of all his issues. His sincere belief that his father doesn’t care about him, and doesn’t respect him. And then here comes dear old Dad, putting not just his feelings into words, but his respect too.
Of course, Lucifer’s issues don’t just disappear at the words, but the words are still a balm on his troubled soul. The rest he’ll have to figure out by himself, and now without his father. Dad gave him all he could, and then like any parent …he stepped away so that their kid could find their own place in life, and their very own happy ending.
As both Mom and Dad leave, Lucifer and Amenadiel stand there, better people because of that last conversation, but still, ultimately, flawed beings who have to make their own decisions in life, just as they always have. It’s just that, now, they can both be sure that, wherever their parents are, they love and appreciate them. And that counts for something. No, that counts for a lot.
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Lucifer season 5 B is available to stream on Netflix.
I’ve loved Chloe’s character, but I feel she was a bit sidelined as ‘the love interest’ in 5B. Things started to turn around a bit in this episode, but I hope they fix that in S6.