Lucifer S03E03 “Mr & Mrs Mazikeen Smith” REVIEW
Available in the UK via Amazon TV, new episodes every Tuesday
Writers: Joe Henderson & Alex Katsnelson
Director: Tara Nicole Weyr
Essential Plot Points:
- Maze is filling the void of having no soul with the thrill of bounty hunting… at least, that’s what she’s telling herself.
- But she’s getting a little bored tracking down too-easy-to-catch lowlives. She needs more of a challenge.
- So she decides to bring in a multiple killer who has eluded a detective called Herrara. He seems oddly cool with her taking on his case. Chloe smells a rat.
- But Maze had already decamped to Canada (in entirely unsuitable attire) where the guy – Ben Rivers – is hiding out.
- When she finds him, he turns out to be a real charmer and a mean escapologist. Maze has her work cut out.
- She finally pins him down, and he tells her that – though he’s done a whole load of bad in his life – he was framed by Herrara for his most notorious murder: the cold blooded killing of two teenagers.
- They start falling for each other.
- Back in LA, Chloe and Lucifer’s investigations are also coming to the conclusion that Herrara is a bent cop. They divert Dan from his holiday (he’s en route to Hawaii the cheap way, stopping off at about a dozen airports) to help Maze.
- An assassin disguised as a hotel room service maid tries to kill Rivers. Maze helps him escape but he’s shot and wounded.
- Maze phones Dr Linda for help. They patch up the wound using a hotel sewing kit, a button and Maze’s unique form of sedation – knocking Ben unconscious.
- But the assassin and her goons track Ben down again. There’s a fight in the snow and Dan turns up just in time to lend a hand. Team Maze wins leaving Team Assassin a bloody mess.
- Ben asks Maze to join him on the run. Maze turns him down; she’s realised that what’s really filling her soul-shaped void is having friends who care back in LA. Awwwww.
- Lucifer and Chloe have Herrara arrested, but Ben warns Maze that he’s just a cog in a much bigger machine.
- Elsewhere, a shady figure is shown with files on Lucifer, Maze, Charlotte, Amenadiel and Gaudium (oooohhhh… see below in Random)
Having moaned about a lack of Maze for the last two episodes, she’s back with a vengeance here. Technically speaking, actress Lesley-Ann Brandt is still on maternity leave, but with “Mr & Mrs Mazikeen Smith”, season three benefits from a behind-the-scenes change of plan at the end of season two. This is one of four “standalone” episodes that were written and shot for the end of season two. Instead, the decision was made to show them scattered through season three instead.
So hurrah! A welcome break in the Maze-drought.
The worry was, though, that these episode would stand out like a sore thumb, breaking up the flow of the season three plot arc. Well, there is a slight feeling of this being the case, but if all the other “standalones” are as much fun, it’s not much of a problem. It’s certainly less annoying than the show going on hiatus for a week, as US series are wont to do.
Fans who need their weekly fix of shirtless Lucifer might feel robbed though.
Taken on its own merits “Mr & Mrs Mazikeen Smith” is a successful and immensely watchable spotlight for Maze that plays to the character’s strengths – the perviness, the way she freaks out Norm and the hotel room fight scene are all highlights. Ben Rivers is a great guest character (though you do have to wonder if the phrase, “Do you think Jeffrey Dean Morgan is available?” was ever uttered in the production office). Like Maze, you’re initially a bit non-plussed by this middle-aged knitwear model, before his charm wins you over.
It’s pretty lightweight, and Maze’s realisation that her LA “family” is what she’s really been searching for comes across as a little sudden and contrived, but overall the episode is a very successful experiment. There’s also a final twist to make things more interesting; the episode isn’t a mere standalone at all, but an unexpected piece in a new branch of the arc plot. Intriguing.
- Lots and lots and lots of Maze. Do we need to list anything more?
- Lucifer: “I’m not worried about Maze, I’m worried about Canada.”
- Lucifer: “Daniel, where are you off to? The ’80s?”
- Maze’s sedative.
- The hotel room fight, where Maze and Ben are handcuffed together, is really well choreographed and shot.
- The button surgery
- The very dodgy Maze-as-masseuse scene, which is all kinds of wrong, but also very Maze.
- Norm channelling the spirit of Ned Flanders.
- For an episode which is all about Maze realising she has a “family” back in LA, there’s not much in the episode about Maze bonding with that family (though the final scene of them altogether is very sweet).
- How the hell did Trixie zip herself into that bag?
- The final fight in the snow was a bit of a mess. Why does Maze announce her presence to Room Service and co? Surely lobbing a knife from her hiding place would have made more sense? And Dan showing up in the nick of time just feels a little lazy.
And The Random:
- This week’s wrong-side-of-the-tracks listing:
• “Dance” by Powers – the opening Lux scene.
• “Big Sur” by Porcelain Raft – Maze arrives in Canada.
• “Watch Me” by The Phantoms – Maze thinks about her friends in LA when Ben asks her to join him.
- DID YOU SPOT that Maze is nicking Dan’s food from the precinct refrigerator?
- As mentioned above, this episode was one of four written and shot for season two, that will now be spread throughout season three. Each will highlight a different one of the show’s supporting characters.
- There are three noteworthy things about those files at the end of the episode. Whoever’s filing them seems to know the true nature of the all the people he’s keeping tabs on, but bizarrely he only knows Charlotte by her Earthly nom de plume. Also…
- Gaudium! We haven’t seen him on the show yet, but the cigar-smoking cherub was a key character in the Lucifer comics. Does this mean he will be making the leap to live-action too? Also…
- We’d liked to have seen a file for Uriel with a “DECEASED” stamp on it, or something.
Review by Dave Golder