Who is the real Sinnerman?
Dan and the team spent all of Lucifer Season 3 Episode 24 hunting down and sending Cain to hell, but the real Sinnerman in this saga is Fox.
For three years, #Lucifans have been waiting for this moment, and with its arrival, the show is canceled. It's tragic.
As all of you know, I've had a lot of gripes about Lucifer Season 3. But NONE of them ever sent me running from the show.
They all stemmed from the talent emanating from all sides of the production. There has never been any doubt that Lucifer would right the ship. I have NO IDEA who made the decision to muck up this season with the extra episodes, but it interfered. A LOT.
The story that was being told was already a difficult one to tell. Trying to show growth of a character on the level Lucifer was experiencing isn't easy. Every little nuance of Tom Ellis' performance counts. To disrupt that for even a nanosecond can melt the entire ball of wax.
It happened not once, but three times during the season due to those misplaced episodes. It was frustrating. It should never have happened.
That a network could have had so much faith in a production during one season to completely screw it up the next and then not take credit for it and give the show another time slot before completely tearing the fans asunder is astounding.
Fox has always had a poor reputation for the way it treats its programming, and this particular scenario given everything above seems bad enough. Kick into the nightmare everything going on with Lethal Weapon and Gotham, and it becomes even worse.
Lucifer and Gotham were tied for eighth place out of ten shows on the Fox roster. They were neck and neck on the schedule. They're both developed outside the company by WBTV. The key to staying on the air these days is to be an in-house production.
Gotham obviously had the leg up because they could renew and cancel it without worries. The fans would be happy with a one and done renewal.
Given what happened here on the finale, a one and done renewal might not have settled as well for the Lucifans.
But when you toss Lethal Weapon into the ring, well, none of it adds up as well. Kicking star Clayne Crawford to the curb when so much of the focus of Lethal Weapon has been on the development of his character is highly suspect from both WBTV and Fox.
They can both point fingers, but this was a decision they must have made together. No matter how much they're blaming Crawford's on-set behavior, it sounds too fishy to be the reason for the departure especially after the quick casting of Seann William Scott.
Scott is known for his comedy. Damon Wayons is known for comedy. Crawford was bringing a dramatic factor to Lethal Weapon and perhaps overshadowing Wayans, who was the star power in the duo.
Recasting a lead and possibly changing the direction of the series is a massive risk. One that, based on fan comments, doesn't seem like it will fly. Given the incredible and also sudden change from "A Devil of My Word," Fox should have shown faith in Lucifer.
Lucifer has been treading water waiting for this moment. Lucifer failed to understand much of his family dynamic prior to this installment, but the lessons were plentiful leading him to finally put the puzzle pieces together.
With the ascension of his brother, Amenadiel, into heaven with his wings intact and carrying the recently deceased Charlotte with him, everything clicked for Lucifer. Dad wasn't pulling strings at all. He gives everyone everything they need to make their own heaven or hell, and Lucifer and Amenadiel had fallen right into his trap.
Lucifer finally realized he was given the job to look over souls in hell for reasons unrelated to him but because he's an angel and someone has to do the job. While Lucifer didn't come to this point, I'd like to think he will eventually realize how favored he was to look over the most pained souls ever to walk the face of the earth.
That's a task unlike any other. They failed to see the light his father provided and his father believed Lucifer was fit to see those souls through their afterlife. That's big stuff. Lucifer thought it was punishment because he saw himself as a monster before he ever got the job.
Walking earth and loving Chloe allowed him the opportunity to see himself with the veil lifted. Like Cain, he was willing to live selflessly and care about others. He stopped, at times, thinking only of himself and his wings were restored and he lost his devil face. There was no conspiracy. It's a consequence of love.
At the same time, he's been utterly truthful with The Detective. He's never lied to her even if he hasn't spread his wings in front of her. He has routinely told her she gets the truth from him at all times, but she believes what she wants to believe.
That's what humans do. We only believe what we can handle when we can handle it. We're proof driven.
Even Ella was losing faith with the sheer volume of less-than-stellar things that were befalling her group of friends this season. She had a bone to pick with the big guy, and for the first time, Lucifer defended his father. It's not his fault, we do this all on our own.
To be fair, maybe I can believe this so easily because my God would be the God of Lucifer. Everything we have on earth is possible because God allows it. Science? Check. Murderers? Check. It all coincides. We must see through the good and evil and find our way. I'm still not sure.
It's easy to imagine yourself as Lucifer inside a pair of wings being bombarded with bullets wondering when the world is going to stop riddling you with so much pain. If only we could swoop away to a rooftop to safety.
That's what started Chloe on her path to believing Lucifer. She was finally starting to hear him when he continued to say he had not been lying and always tells the truth. She was hearing him, but shoving it aside. It's too much.
But how did she get on the roof?
After hearing the showrunners talking about the terrible cliffhanger they were leaving for us without an ending, I imagined she would appear at a time Cain got the upperhand and shoved Maze's blade into Lucifer.
Lucifer stabbing Cain instead works for me. But Cain's words earlier in the hour were haunting. Lucifer wants to be good. Can wanting to be good hold so much weight that just talking Cain into going to hell by feeling guilty about "accidentally" killing Charlotte made Lucifer doubt his goodness again?
That's a little bit of a stretch for me, but Lucifer's ego was so fragile already it must have done the deed. It would have been a bit more interesting if he wasn't guilty until Chloe returned and said, "You killed Pierce?" And the guilt would have come flooding back turning him from the Lucifer we love into Satan, but I can buy this./
What I'm not all that worried about is Chloe's reaction.
She said it was true. What was true?
All Chloe knows at this point is that Lucifer has claimed to be the Devil. He has always claimed to be the Devil. On the roof, she seemed to have come to the realization he was the devil and was OK with that.
Well, as OK as you could possibly be without freaking out.
She knows nothing about his wings or anything else. Once she hears the story, perhaps sees the pieces of feather scattered on the floor, she will understand more.
Chloe is a complex person who knows there is more to people than who they are on the outside. Is Lucifer's Devil face anything more than a physical defect at this point?
What' sad is that we have to go through eternity with the last look of Chloe being one of shock. If she had come to after the bullet hit her while encased in his wings, things would be much easier to swallow.
If the show gets another season somewhere, we'll see how it all plays out. In the meantime, this is what we have.
Maze and Linda made up, with more sage advice from Linda telling her friend emotions only make you stronger. We didn't get to say goodbye to dear, sweet Trixie.
The team would have returned stronger than ever and Chloe would have been in the know. It might have taken time for her to fall in love with Lucifer, but maybe not. We may never know, and it's a crying shame.
We're here, right where we hoped to be as the season ended. So will someone please pick up the series and give the ridiculously talented cast and crew a chance to right the wrongs set before them with a handful of hangover episodes they didn't deserve?
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