Lucifer S02E06 “Monster” REVIEW
Essential Plot Points:
- Lucifer channels his guilt about killing Uriel into acting like a complete bell end. He clearly thinks he needs to be punished and is lashing out to turn people against him because he feels he deserves it.
- Chloe, being Chloe, is too kind to call him out for being a complete dick but does use the word “inappropriate” a lot.
- The crime of the week involves a bride who’s shot dead at the altar. The killer later kills a food van owner as well. The cases at first appear unconnected but the shooter is actually picking off the loved ones of people whom he feels were responsible – through negligence – for his wife’s death.
- Actually, like Lucifer, he actually feels responsible himself, and is lashing out hoping to be punished. It’s not the most subtle parallel between the crime of the week and the moral quandary of the week ever.
- When Lucifer places himself between the shooter and his next intended victim, Chloe realises that he has a death wish and urges him to seek help. But, hey, his stunt means the shooter is apprehended, so silver linings, eh?
- Elsewhere, Mrs God takes Amenadiel to Uriel’s grave where Amenadiel unexpectedly – and quite magnificently – lays the blame for his brother’s death on Dad; yep, God’s to blame because he meddles but never actually puts in a personal appearance to a face the music, argues the distraught angel.
- Despite Chloe’s doubts that Maze’s sadomasochistic equipment is suitable in the same house as a small child, Maze and Trixie bond very sweetly over Trick Or Treating.
- Lucifer goes to see Dr Linda to unload, but she demands he reveals his true self.
- So he does.
- And, as he leaves the office, it looks like she’s having a teensy bit of trouble processing…
So, next week Dr Linda puts herself in therapy, right? Actually, knowing this show, probably not. She’s more likely to make sure she’s not pregnant in case there’s some danger of a Rosemary’s Baby vibe going on…
Wherever the show goes next, that was a brilliantly unexpected final scene, and a disturbingly effective low key one for this show. There are no great fireworks. There’s no chewing the scenery from Lucifer. There’s just a series of simple edits, the flicker from the light of a car’s headlamps through the blinds and a stunned silence.
Rarely has this show felt so raw. We’ve seen Lucifer’s real face before but this feels different. This time he’s not revealing himself in anger but in shame, and it comes across like someone revealing themself at at their most vulnerable.
It’s an excellent ending to a very entertaining episode. For sure, some of the “Lucifer feels guilty and lashes out” scenes are laid on a little thick and the parallel between the crime of the week and Lucifer’s own situation is shoehorned in with an ugly sister/glass slipper inelegance.
But it’s easy to forgive the episode its few leaden moments when it also gives us so many wonderful gems to cherish, both funny and touching. The Maze and Trixie scenes could so easily have become cheesy nonsense but are actually just very, very sweet. Self-destructive Lucifer still delivers some killer lines but there’s a truly nasty edge to some of his jibes (“Chest? Shooter didn’t go for the head? First rule of zombie killing”) that adds a refreshing edginess. This episode is an excellent work out for Tom Ellis’s acting skills; whereas in season one Lucifer was often a one-note character (Austin Powers meets Damien) this season we’re getting to see him in subtly different modes and here especially we see the internal struggle seeping like lava from his pores.
We also get that powerful speech from Amenadiel as he rails against his dad. It’s a stirring, somewhat shocking moment, gorgeously shot in the shallowest of focus so that DB Woodside’s head almost seems to emerge through the screen like a cut-out in a pop-up book.
But… what was the expression on Mrs God’s face? (We still refuse to call her Charlotte because she’s NOT Charlotte.) It was curiously unreadable. Is there the possibility that she’s engineering all this to turn her children against her hubbie? We’re still damned sure there’s a lot more to her than she’s yet revealed.
- Maze and Trixie bonding is so adorable, especially Maze giving Trixie her whip to use as part of her President of Mars costume and Trixie loving Maze’s real face.
- Great performance from Tom Ellis throughout.
- DB Woodside is also magnificent when Amenadiel starts ranting about his father’s manipulations.
- The piano rendition of Metallica’s “Unforgiven” is perfect for the mood.
- There’s some gorgeous cinematography throughout from the Tim-Burton-esque opening zombie wedding to the extreme close-ups during Lucifer’s hedonistic flirting at the Lux to the highly emotive shots of Uriel’s burial spot.
- The final scene crackles with tense, unnerving energy – not just Lucifer revealing his true face to Dr Linda, but the whole build up when you see where the scene’s heading. What a cliffhanger!
- “So which one of you horrifying zombettes wanted the bride dead then, hey? Surely she put each of you through hell. All brides do, am I right? Yeah, let me guess. She wanted you to lose weight, didn’t she? You to cover your tattoos. Forced you to buy a tea length dress that does nothing for your cankles. And did any of you want to wear this hideous zombie make-up?”
- “We have an injured groom and a deceased bride.”
“Oh, they got to that, ‘Till death do us part’ nonsense quickly, didn’t they?”
- Villain-of-the-week Wes’s sudden confession that he feels guilty about his wife’s death is embarrassingly clunky and a barely-disguised piece of script engineering designed to get a reaction out of Lucifer. Even the poor guy playing Wes appears at a loss how to deliver the lines.
- “God, who’s next?”
“He’s not going to tell you.” Another cringey piece of dialogue that even Lauren German and Tom Ellis struggle to make sound natural. Maybe it needed a rimshot?
- Silver City? Are they really going for the Family God coming from “the Silver City”? It’s a little on the nose.
- Chloe seems remarkably chill about Maze watching an R-rated film.
And The Random:
- Sing when you’re sinning – this week songs:
• “Dance Like A Monster” by Play Date – at the opening wedding
• “No Good” by Kaleo – Lucifer dancing hedonistically at the Lux
• “The Girl Is Back In Town” by Chantal Claret – when Chloe and Lucifer question the owner of the Freddy’s Dutch Oven
• “Way Down We Go” by Kaleo – Mrs God shows Amenadiel where Uriel is buried
• “Haunted Rave” by Gary And The Ghouls – Trixie and Maze go Trick Or Treating
• “The Unforgiven” performed by Lucifer – Lucifer plays a piano version of the Metallica song at the Lux
- We don’t normally point out minor editing mismatches because the demands of weekly TV means that some compromises have to be made, but the difference in the position of Dan’s arms in these two shots was so jarring it completely threw us out of the action for a second.
- The film Maze and Trixie fall asleep in front of is the original A Nightmare On Elm Street.