Lucifer S02E18 “The Good, The Bad And The Crispy” REVIEW
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Writer: Ildy Modrovich
Director: Karen Gaviola
Essential Plot Points:
- Charlotte calls for some help disposing Chet’s body.
- Amenadiel tells Lucifer he needs time to think about what being given the key to assembling the Flaming Sword – and being his father’s favourite son – means to him. He goes to Dan’s improv classes to try to work through his issues.
- Lucifer and Chloe are called in to investigate when Chet’s body is found, though they don’t initially realise it’s Chet as someone has treated the body to remove all distinguishing marks. But it does have a charred head.
- Charlotte goes to Dr Linda for help with patching up her wound. Dr Linda duct tapes her up and asks whether Lucifer is to blame. She says no.
- Lucifer turns up at Dr Linda’s office and realises that Charlotte is seeping celestial power and will soon explode – very messily, taking down any humans in her vicinity with her. He also works out she inadvertently killed Chet.
- Lucifer tries to slow down Chloe’s investigation to give Maze time to locate Amenadiel so they can use his pendant to assemble to Flaming Sword and send mum back to heaven.
- With Ella’s help Chloe works out that the body is Chet, and that Charlotte used a “cleaning company” to clear up the mess after Chet’s death.
- But before Chloe and Lucifer can question the two women running the company, one is murdered in the same way as Chet and the other refuses to talk in case the same thing happens to her.
- Maze tracks down Amenadiel, tasers him, and takes him back the Lucifer’s apartment, where Lucifer explains what happening to mum. Amenadiel reluctantly agrees to help Lucifer.
- Charlotte, meanwhile, returns to see Linda, curious to know why she thought Lucifer may have been the one who wounded her.
- She interrogates Linda until the doctor reveals that Lucifer plans to lock Charlotte in Heaven with God, then abandon her.
- Charlotte confronts hers sons and is not impressed when Lucifer suggests she take over running H ell instead of waging war in heaven.
- In retaliation, Charlotte goes to the heavily populated Santa Monica pier and lures Chloe and Dan there as well; if she blows up she may as well take then with her. She phones Lucifer and asks him to come to her with all the pieces of the Flaming Sword.
- Lucifer arrives, but so does Chet’s brother. It turns out he killed the cleaner in revenge for his brother’s death, not Charlotte and now he intends to kill Charlotte.
- Maze and Amenadiel find Dr Linda dying in her office from the wounds Charlotte inflicted on her.
- Apparently through sheer force of will, Amenadiel gets his powers working again (it probably also has something to do with now knowing his father regarded him as his favourite son) and slows time so that Maze can get Linda to a hospital.
- The slowing down of time also gives Lucifer the chance to move Charlotte to safety when Chet’s brother shoots at her.
- Lucifer assembles the Flaming Sword and opens a gateway to an empty world which he tells Charlotte she must make something out of. Her essence passes through the gateway (leaving her Charlotte body behind, alive).
- Lucifer chucks the flaming sword through the gateway too (though keeping one piece in our world, presumably so mum can’t use it to cut her way back out) then the gateway closes.
- Dr Linda recovers. She convinces Lucifer to tell Chloe the truth about himself.
- But before he can, he’s knocked unconscious.
- He awakes in the desert, complete with a new set of wings.
Right, you’re humble reviewer is on holiday this week, and getting frowned at for working so this review may not be as thorough as usual. But, hey, watching an episode like “The God, The Bad And The Crispy” can hardly be called work (even if sorting all the screengrabs can). This was an immensely satisfying season finale, which upped the ante to a staggering degree after last week’s slightly disappointing lead-in. The personal stakes were high and the resolutions had an emotional impact with a mighty kick. We said goodbye to Charlotte who, in the final count, was evil, but you still felt a little sorry for her; so incarceration in a blank palette dimension she could shape in her own image was fitting and poetic justice.
Sure it was a little creaky, contrived and rushed in places. Amenadiel’s journey to born again God-fan and back again – with all the soul searching that should have entailed – seemed remarkably brief and uneventful. Lucifer seemed to work out what was happening to mum with an ease that makes you wonder why he hasn’t suspected something beforehand. Charlotte going to Linda for the kind of help she could have sussed out and achieved herself (was duct tape really much of a imaginative leap from stapling?) felt like an all-to-obvious ploy to get her into a position where she could hear Linda’s slip of the tongue about Lucifer. And the less said about Chloe’s conclusion to the case of the week (Hector committed both murders? Really?) the better.
But weighed against the usual wickedly funny lines, the wonderfully warm character moments, the poignant resolution to the arc plot, Linda’s touching speech about her role in all this madness and a stripped-to-the-waist Lucifer sporting his new wings such irritations are minor. Personally we’d have liked a bit more Maze and something more significant to shift in the Lucifer/Chloe relationship (has he now forgiven his dad for “creating” her as his potential sex toy? It’s not clear).
But Lucifer finishes its second season in fine form. Hell looks like it’ll be missing an MD for a little while longer.
- Lucifer has wings again! What’s that all about? Great image to end on, though.
- Some of those shots on the beach with the flaming sword and the slow-mo backgrounds were quite beautiful.
- “Okay, duct tape. Trust me, this stuff’s amazing.”
- “You have experience with emotionally fragile men, don’t you?”
“You’re self-aware today.”
- Charlotte stapling herself together is one wonderfully bizarre image.
- Amenadiel’s childish grin when he teases Lucifer about being God’s favourite son is rather endearing.
- While Maze and Trixie fistbumping over Lucifer being a wuss is downright sweet.
- Why didn’t the “body cleaner” woman dispose of Chet’s body rather than just bleach it and shave it so that he couldn’t be identified?
- Although it may have been pretty rough on the “real” Charlotte to stand trail for Chet’s murder, Chloe’s sudden belief that Chet’s brother was the killer in both cases defies all logic.
- As soon as Lucifer starts leaving that phone message for Chloe at the end you just know he’s never going to get the chance to reveal all to her – it’s a hell of a TV cliché and there’s not even a hint of the writers trying to disguise it.
- Last week the idea of Amenadiel in improv classes sounded great, but this week it actually turned out to be teethgrindingly cringeworthy.
And The Random:
- The devil’s best songs this week include:
• “Fire” by Barns Courtney – Charlotte deals with the aftermath of Chet’s death.
• “Making Love to the Dead” by Beginners – Linda arrives at her office and finds Charlotte there.
• “Slow Burn” by Chris Arena – Lucifer and Chloe arrive at the crime scene were Chet’s body is found.
• “Lifetaker” by JC Autobody – Chloe tells Hector about Chet’s death.
• “Merry Go Round” by David Graham Farnon – At the Santa Monica pier, Chloe and Dan find Charlotte their at the merry-go-around and confront her about Chet’s death.
• “Start a Riot” by Banners – Charlotte crosses over into the new world Lucifer has opened a gateway to.
• “The World Is Unravelling” by Milck – Lucifer chats to Linda in hospital then calls Chloe.
- Ben Krakowsky is the property master on this episode of Lucifer. Meanwhile, David Beckwith was one of the pseudonyms used by David Banner in the TV series The Incredible Hulk, in the episode “Wax Museum” but that might be just a coincidence. We’re drawing a blank with Celeste McDougall but her maiden name was Parker and there is an art director on Lucifer called Suki Parker so there may be a connection.
- “Is that a piece of a flaming sword in your pocket or are you just pleased to see me?”
- The ending has to be an allusion to The Temptation Of Christ in the Bible, surely, when Jesus spent 4o days and 4o nights in the Judaean Desert, being tempted by Satan to a darker path. Is God tempting Lucifer with a new set of wings?
Review by Dave Golder