Lucifer season 5B is here! And as we strive to bring you more coverage, Raquel and I are dividing up the episodes. I reviewed Lucifer 5×15 “Is This Really How It’s Going to End?!” 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 5×16 “A Chance at a Happy Ending.” This episode closes the season out with a bang, and boy …I could have picked ten scenes. Or just, not picked, because the entire episode is a masterpiece. But I like rules, so …here I am.
Without further ado, here are the five scenes from Lucifer 5×16 “A Chance at a Happy Ending” you absolutely can’t miss:
“This is what caring about people gets you“
Everyone is broken about Dan, and Trixie got the most emotional moment in that regard in Lucifer 5×15 “Is This Really How It’s Going to End?!” but Maze gets to break us in this episode, and boy, does she. Because Maze is able to articulate, in a way so few of us can, the utter despair, but also the utter injustice of loss. Maze is new at this feeling, and she doesn’t like feelings in the first place, so in her we see all the feelings we cannot – will not express – because we know better, reflected back at us.
And yet there’s something so cathartic about her anger, that morphs into sadness, and back again. She misses Dan, of course she misses him. She cared about him, even when she thought she couldn’t, when she thought she didn’t have a soul. And she doesn’t understand the feeling, but she cannot help herself. That’s the thing about love. That’s the thing about loss.
Linda’s words to Maze are also especially important, because it’s a beautiful lesson that hurts in its simplicity, but one that must be remembered, at every loss. “Never loving is far worse than loss.” And it is. Like Amenadiel remarks, for them to not feel this pain, they would have had to have never met Dan. And that wouldn’t be better. Yes, they wouldn’t be feeling the pain, but they also wouldn’t have had the joy of meeting Dan.
Loss sucks, but not loving enough to never lose someone? That sucks even more.
“I don’t care if you die“
Ah, Maze. At least you can say that she takes the message from Linda and Amenadiel to heart, because her response to her grief is to go find Eve, and tell her that she doesn’t care if she dies, which Eve seems to think is super romantic, and I mean, it is, except the way the message is delivered – and received – leaves a lot to be desired, but then again, that’s Maze and Eve for you. They’re totally on brand.
However, this is a big moment not just for them as a couple, but for Maze’s growth. Because Maze has indeed realized it’s better to have love and lose it than to never have it. And she wants whatever time she has with Eve. She wants to experience that love that people around her have had. Because she knows that, even if one day she is going to lose it, she will be a better person for having had it.
“Till the years are showing on your face, and my strongest days are gone,” Maze promises Eve, and the words hit deep, not just because we now know they are literally taken from Lesley-Ann Brandt’s wows to her husband, but because it’s the only promise Maze can make, and the most important one. I will love you for every second I have, for every second I can. I will not lose another instant I could have with you.
We’re not crying, you are.
“At least we’ll die together“
I keep quoting Maze, but Maze has some great lines this episode, and this is a great Lucifer/Chloe/Amenadiel/Maze scene, as they decide to fight. Are they going to win? Likely not. Should Chloe even be trying to fight celestials? Probably not, and Lucifer tries, it’s hilarious, he truly tries to point that out. But Chloe is not having it, this is her fight too, and Lucifer will not tell her what to do.
Since they’re already a married couple in so many ways, she wins, and that’s when Maze gets to quip that at least they’ll die together. Not before she gives Chloe one of her blades, which is a very Maze gift, and they all get to stand there looking grave at what’s coming.
But this is an important scene because the decision is made, and demon, angels and human are somehow, a team. After give seasons, this is where we’ve arrived. This is the family they’ve built for each other. And that’s why they’re fighting against Michael. To protect this family. To protect each other. I don’t know that there’s anything better the show could have done, any better place it could have arrived, than this one.
“I choose you, Chloe. Because …I love you.“
Trust Lucifer to do it the hard way, the complicated way, the absolutely heartbreaking way. But also, trust Lucifer to do it. To get where he needed to go. He might take longer than we would have liked him to, but he always ends up getting to the point in the end. And the point, in this case, is that he loves Chloe. And more importantly, he chooses her.
Over everything. Over himself, even. Because that’s what real love is. It’s selfless, and it’s about putting someone else over yourself. And Lucifer has shown he loves Chloe, over and over again. When he doesn’t think, it’s clear. But that’s not enough. Lucifer had to understand his choice, if the choice was ever going to be as important as it was. He had to consciously make it. And in this case, he does.
If you ask me, that choice is the reason he survives. That choice is the reason he gets to save Chloe and also go back. That choice is …just what his father expected of him, just what the universe wanted. God’s kids were never at liberty to choose a God, I feel, someone had to prove himself worthy. And by putting others above himself, by making the ultimate sacrifice, Lucifer finally did.
“Oh, my, me.“
It’s hard to close with anything but this surprising and, at the same time, not so-surprising ending for Lucifer season 5B. Because Lucifer, the former rule of Hell is now …God. We’re no longer Satanists, Lucifer fans!
This seems like the perfect end to the story, except it isn’t, which leads us to the question of …what is the endgame? I believe the endgame is actually no God. Lucifer might be worthy, and Amenadiel might have done a good job, but is a God needed. Lucifer has always deal with the idea of free will, in the show and in the comics. And for people to truly have free will, they have to be able to determine what comes next.
Or maybe, the answer is a tad more complicated. Maybe God isn’t a job one person should do by themselves. Maybe we need a celestial council of sorts. Either way, I don’t believe the endgame is for Lucifer to remain God, not with 10 episodes to go. Oh, my, me is a funny line to end the season, and the moment where everyone recognizes Lucifer as God, as worthy, is a powerful one, but this isn’t the end of the story. So, we’ll see you in season 6, Lucifans. And we’ll see how this story ends. Happily, hopefully. I have faith. Do you?
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Lucifer season 5B is available to stream on Netflix.