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Rant and Rave: ‘Lucifer’ caps off the devilish detective’s tale

Ever since the smash-hit Lucifer came out in 2016, audiences found themselves glued to their seats as the story of Lucifer Morningstar (Tom Ellis) and Detective Chloe Decker (Lauren German) unraveled. Twisting the rules of the mystery genre, Lucifer doesn’t just focus on not solving murder mysteries, but also features a shocking, forbidden romance between a detective and the devil.  

In season one, Dr. Linda Martin (Rachael Harris) advised the audience, “when angels fall, they also rise”. Season six perfectly illustrates this main story arc. After five years of following the “actual devil” in his adventures on Earth—even escaping show cancellation—Lucifer’s story finally comes to an end.

Your guardian devil

Picking up from Season 5B’s finale, Lucifer makes his final preparations to take God’s place. This season takes us on Lucifer’s reflective journey, with the devil finding out that he is a man capable of love. Throughout the series, we get to witness what he’ll do to avoid the heavenly throne and figure out his true purpose. 

We also witness one of the greatest character arcs of all time: Lucifer Morningstar becoming God. Long gone is the evil king of Hell; instead, Lucifer becomes worthy of omnipotence, meticulously watching and guiding the Universe. Suddenly, Lucifer is no longer selfish. In fact, he now understands that mortals are not lower than celestial beings—they are and always have been equals.

After figuring out that angels can self-actualize, Lucifer goes through almost everything—from being invulnerable to physically bleeding out after protecting Chloe from a bullet. From being a dull character in the first season, Lucifer’s character was easy to fall in love with eventually just as how he fell in love with Earth and all of its mortal glory.

Working in mysterious ways

In this season, there are no new storylines, with the showrunners opting to showcase how their characters grow instead. Lucifer has done what other shows haven’t—depicting character development without feeling rushed. 

Chloe becomes more grounded, trying to figure out what direction she’s meant to go in life. Her partnership with Lucifer has its ups and downs, but they always overcome it in the end. It is in this season where Ellis and German’s characters’ undeniable intimacy proves that they truly are soulmates. 

Shocking audiences, the show also throws a curve ball by introducing Lucifer to  Aurora “Rory” Morningstar (Brianna Hildebrand), his daughter with Chloe from the future. While her appearance seemed abrupt, with viewers questioning her importance in the narrative, audiences grew to love her as the series progressed. With the ever-relatable teenage angst yet soft, bright smile, her relationship with her dad instantly melted anyone’s hearts.

Even our favorite side characters get their happily ever afters. Lesley-Ann Brandt’s Mazikeen and Inbar Lavi’s Eve rivals Deckerstar’s relationship—Chloe and Lucifer’s tandem—by going through a rollercoaster of emotions. Even Ella Lopez (Aimee Garcia) grows to trust other people after her deadly romance in the previous season. Most of all, we see the development of Amenadiel (D.B. Woodside), who finally comes to terms with his calling—realizing that his true purpose in life is much more indispensable. 

With their insane levels of banter, sarcastic quips, and amusing exchanges, the cast’s overall chemistry reaches new heights. Lucifer allows us to feel as if we are part of their chosen family. They truly delivered a heartwarming series finale, making us all laugh and cry—perhaps even at the same time. 

What do you truly desire?

Speaking of growth, the series doesn’t shy away from discussing themes that allow viewers to reflect for themselves. 

The series seeks to ask whether people have free will or if every choice made is based on fate. This can be prominently seen through Rory and Lucifer’s time together. Although it does not explicitly answer the question, it does imply the validity of both scenarios. 

In addition, the series also dives deep into the realities of systemic racism. Amenadiel’s storyline tells us that whether you’re celestial or human, the color of your skin wouldn’t matter when racism is embedded into society. However, the characters try to combat this from within systems that develop, enforce, and regulate policies that can address such a problem. 

Lucifer also reflects how corrupt the United States police system is, especially after the world experienced the events that strengthened the Black Lives Matter movement in 2020. While there are good people trying to fight the evil within, it is almost impossible to oust long-established discriminatory systems. While Lucifer mirrors the real world, it also gives us hope that maybe one day, systemic changes can be possible, too.

Follow your greatest desire

With a tear-jerking ending, the show reminds us that Lucifer and Chloe are truly meant to be partners ‘til the end and that even the Prince of Darkness himself can become hell’s healer. 

Despite the fact that this is the last of the entire series, it closes by proving that even when angels fall, they also rise. It’s an allegory of how life has the same fate for us humans. Lucifer tells us that anyone is capable of love, growth, and change, no matter how we started in life.

Rating: 3.5/4.0

By Lauren Sason

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