I know, I know. You hate the word bittersweet. But in every respect, it is bittersweet to be here. To be writing this. To be saying goodbye to Lucifer. And yes, the word also applies to Lucifer season 6, particularly to the ending. I can’t tell you in what way – you will find that out for yourself in just a few days. But the word really and truly fits, in more ways than one.
Does that mean I didn’t enjoy the season? No, not at all. Would I change anything? One or two things, at least. That’s the way this works. The way it almost always works. I cannot think of an ending – even endings I adore – that I wouldn’t want more of, that I wouldn’t, perhaps, tweak in one or two things. But is the aftertaste a bitter one or a sweet one? For me, someone who’s had over a month to process, to let the season sit, to examine the journey in its entirety, to put into perspective how we got here and what it all meant … it’s very much sweet.
And emotional. There are so many emotions in Lucifer season 6. Almost more than I knew what to do with. I always get emotional when it comes to things I like, and that almost makes the process of writing about them much better, because I care. I’m not just here trying to be technical – though there’s an important technical part to the process – I’m here letting my emotions guide what I’m writing, because that way, it means more. To you guys, and to me.
Well, Lucifer season 6 is all emotion. All heart. And, above all – or perhaps because of – it’s one of the best performances by a cast I have seen in a while. Sadly, genre shows don’t get the recognition they deserve, because absolutely everyone gets a chance to shine in Lucifer season 6, and boy, do they. Whatever your favorite emotion is – or least favorite, do you have a least favorite emotion? – someone will probably make you feel that this season.
I don’t mean that in a bad day, though I will warn you there were many tears in my eyes watching Lucifer season 6. In fact, there’s one episode of this final season that I watched – in at least three separate occasions – with eyes so full of tears it was almost impossible to see the screen. I’d proceed to wipe them, and then after a few seconds of watching, they’d come back. Lather, rinse, repeat.
It’s all fitting. The emotion – particularly for a show that was never meant to get the final three seasons, the ones I believe make it stand out – and the ending of this story. Sometimes things just click. Sometimes, whether you like the answer or not, there are things that make you go oooh, so that’s where it was going.
That’s what it was trying to say.
That was the story.
For better or worse, this is the story of Lucifer. And it’s the story of the people around him, and the things they gained, the things they lost, the things they sacrificed and the things they got to experience because of him. It’s not just about one character, or about one message, though. It’s about the family that was created, the bonds that were forged, and how those people go in their fictional life, only this time, without us to follow their every move.
In a couple of days, we’ll be able to discuss the ins and outs. We’ll be able to nitpick, as we are wont to do – as it’s a fans prerogative. And we’ll be able to have some real, specific conversations about the things that worked, and the things that, perhaps, we would have liked to see happen differently.
For now, there’s this …a show that started as a procedural with a little bit of the supernatural thrown in and turned into a wonderful story about the importance of personal growth, the way love can change and shape a person, and the power of our own decisions. In that vein, you decide what the ending means for you. For me, it means the most important thing it can …hope.
Not a bad message to take from TV. Not at all.
Lucifer Season 6 will be available to stream on Netflix September 10th.