‘Lucifer’ Season 4 Review

In case you missed it, all of season four of one of my favorite TV shows, Lucifer, dropped on Netflix on Wednesday. After Fox axed them, Lucifans (like myself) spent months campaigning to get another network to pick them up. Then, Netflix finally picked them up back in June of last year.

And then we fast forward to now: the release of the show’s fourth season. And it was a hell of a season (and yes, I’m still using this pun). But before I go on, just in case it’s not already implied, watch out for spoilers ahead. The show picks up a month after the end of season three. Apparently, Chloe went to Europe for a month after seeing Lucifer’s devil face. Eventually, Lucifer transforms into the full devil body. Complete with arched wings and red skin at the end of the season.

Quick Recap

Father Kinley (played by Graham McTavish) and Chloe (played by Lauren German)

Chloe comes back from Europe pretending like she’s completely okay with the fact that her partner is actually the devil. Turns out, she’s lying and is actually incredibly terrified. So she confides in a priest she meets while in the Vatican, Father Kinley. He not only believes that Lucifer is who he says he is but that he shouldn’t be on earth. Therefore he has a mission to send Lucifer back to Hell. Additionally, there’s a prophecy that says evil will be released when Lucifer finds his first love. That conflict seemingly gets written off when Father Kinley kills three people. So Chloe ends up arresting him. But. of course, Father Kinley only killed them to get to Lucifer. 

But the conflict comes back at the end of the season. Kinley tells Chloe about the prophecy and for some reason, she’s scared all over again. Not of Lucifer, however, but of this prophecy coming true. Then, Lucifer’s body starts to change when demons come to earth. And they do that by possessing recently killed humans. Much like how Mum possessed Charlotte Richards’ body. But the demons come from Hell to get Lucifer to come back to be their king. Lucifer then decides he needs to go back to Hell. Otherwise, demons will just keep coming to get him to come back.

Linda and Amenadiel

Amenadiel (played by D.B. Woodside) and Linda (played by Rachael Harris)s

Furthermore, Linda finds out she’s pregnant with Amenadiel’s baby. Thankfully, it doesn’t reignite the love triangle argument from last season. But it does bring up a lot of emotions. For starters, Linda’s (understandably) freaked out about having an angel baby (half-human, half angel). Mostly because it’s the first of its kind. And Amenadiel doesn’t help. He tells Linda that angels just appear opposed to growing in the womb and birthed as a tiny baby. So Linda’s freaked mentality is understandable.

Even worse, Amenadiel looks for wings when they go in for their first ultrasound. And that’s probably the last thing you want to think about when growing a child. Plus, Amenadiel realizes the reality of what it’ll be like for his son to grow up as a black man in America. And lastly, Linda having a baby brings up a lot of unpleasant memories for Maze. Namely, of her and her mother, Lillith. Oh and to add on to all of that drama, Eve (as in Adam and Eve) comes to be with Lucifer.

Major Themes

Lucifer (played by Tom Ellis) and Eve (played by Inbar Lavi)

Season four is primarily about identity, specifically Lucifer’s. Eve’s arrival on earth pushes Lucifer towards his former “evil” side. Or more accurately, his more indulgent side of him. And it’s different from what we’ve seen before because Chloe brings out the good in him. Eve and Chloe ironically are almost like the angel and devil sitting on his shoulders. In the end, Lucifer realizes he doesn’t like who he is when he’s with Eve. But he does still care for her. Unfortunately, however, he still goes back to Hell at the end of the season.

In addition to that, Charlotte Richards’ death from last season continues to resonate and impact everyone. Dan’s angry almost all the time. So he starts to revert back to being the douche he was in season one. He blames Lucifer for Charlotte’s death and doesn’t really get over it. Ella’s also pretty angry over Charlotte’s death, but not at Lucifer. She loses her faith and indulges in alcohol, drugs, and a bit of nudity. But to be fair, she just goes nude for a case involving a nudist colony.

The Love Triangle: Lucifer, Chloe, and Eve

(from left) Chloe (played by Lauren German), Lucifer (played by Tom Ellis) biting an apple, and Eve (played by Inbar Lavi)

Now to the love triangle of the season. Last year, it was Lucifer, Chloe, and Pierce. This time around, we’ve got Lucifer, Chloe, and Eve, Lucifer’s “first love”, or more accurately ex-girlfriend. And I only say more accurately because Lucifer says that his first love is and always has been Chloe. But that aside, Eve reminds me a little bit of Ella. In the sense that she’s very energetic and bubbly, which is not what I expected. Although, I’m not quite sure what I expected. Eve tells Lucifer (and practically anyone else that’ll listen to her) that she left Adam. Mostly because she knew she could never compare to Adam’s first wife, Lillith (Maze’s mother). So, she says she spent years trying to do anything to be his ideal wife. But then, she decided she didn’t want to do that anymore.

However, Eve ends up doing the same thing with Lucifer. She does everything to be his ideal (or what she thinks would be his ideal) girlfriend. She even admits to it in the finale. Lucifer and Eve get together relatively quickly; Lucifer sees her at the beginning of episode four and they’re together by the end of the episode. The fact that it happens so quickly only proves how much Lucifer’s changed since season one. That, however, doesn’t eliminate Deckerstar moments, which I’m sure every Lucifan is happy about. To add to that triangle, Maze realizes she has feelings for Eve and goes for it. But Eve’s so naive that Maze’s message, unfortunately, doesn’t get through to her. 

Final Thoughts

Lucifer (played by Tom Ellis) sitting on his throne in Hell

It would’ve been easy to write off Charlotte’s death from last season as an easy one. After all, her character was essentially a temporary main character. So, I’m glad that her death continues to make an impact. As for Lucifer’s identity crisis this season, it’s the epitome of why fans like me love the show. It’s like the ultimate redemption arc because if the devil can be redeemed, so can anyone else. Like last season, the writers left the show off on another cliffhanger. We see Lucifer sitting on the throne in Hell. They’ve said before that they were never going to take the show to Hell. But we saw a glimpse of it in season two when we saw the open gate Mum busted out of. So anything’s possible.

If the show’s picked up for a fifth season, the show could either go in two directions. We could see Lucifer ruling Hell for a while and then coming back to earth. Or there could be a time jump and Lucifer comes back to earth. If they were to go to Hell, I don’t see the writers completely moving the show there. Mostly because it’d mean that there’d either be two different storylines. Namely, what’s happening on earth versus what’s happening in hell. Or it could become a completely different one altogether, which I don’t think they’d do. Either way, it was a great season.

What did you think of the new season of Lucifer? Let me know what you thought in the comments section below or tweet me @mzsnguyethai.

Season 4 of Lucifer is now available to stream on Netflix.

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