You ever read the “Lucifer” comics? They’re a Machiavellian saga of intrigue, magic and double-dealing of the highest order, starring the former number one angel of the heavens. In other words, they’re damn good, and Lucifer Morningstar’s quest to find a purpose outside of what his creator intended for him makes for one hell of a series.
The upcoming TV series however? Worlds apart in terms of story by the look of things. But, here’s the rub: It doesn’t look half-bad at all. Here’s the first trailer for Lucifer:
The Devil has come to Los Angeles…
Based upon the characters created by Neil Gaiman, Sam Kieth and Mike Dringenberg for DC Entertainment’s Vertigo imprint, LUCIFER is the story of the original fallen angel. Bored and unhappy as the Lord of Hell, LUCIFER MORNINGSTAR (Tom Ellis, “Merlin”) has abandoned his throne and retired to L.A., where he owns Lux, an upscale nightclub.
Charming, charismatic and devilishly handsome, Lucifer is enjoying his retirement, indulging in a few of his favorite things – wine, women and song – when a beautiful pop star is brutally murdered outside of Lux. For the first time in roughly 10 billion years, he feels something awaken deep within him as a result of this murder. Compassion? Sympathy? The very thought disturbs him – as well as his best friend and confidante, MAZIKEEN aka MAZE (Lesley-Ann Brandt, “The Librarians”), a fierce demon in the form of a beautiful young woman.
The murder attracts the attention of LAPD homicide detective CHLOE DANCER (Lauren German, “Chicago Fire”), who initially is dismissive of Lucifer. But she becomes intrigued by his talent for drawing out people’s secrets and his desire to dispense justice, doling out punishment to those who deserve it. As they work together to solve the pop star’s murder, Lucifer is struck by Chloe’s inherent goodness. Accustomed to dealing with the absolute worst of humanity, Lucifer is intrigued by Chloe’s apparent purity and begins to wonder if there’s hope for his own soul yet.
At the same time, God’s emissary, the angel AMENADIEL (DB Woodside, “Suits,” “24”), has been sent to Los Angeles to convince Lucifer to return to the underworld…can the Devil incarnate be tempted toward the side of Good, or will his original calling pull him back toward Evil?
I’m coining a new term here: The Constantine effect. Basically, reflect back on the Keanu Reeves Constantine film, which was a drastic departure from the source material comic books, that was actually a pretty decent flick if you didn’t pay attention to the name brand. I’ve got the exact same feeling for Lucifer here, which plays out like Constantine 2.0 by the look of things. Tom Ellis is easily charming as the former lord of hell, and there’s some great special effects grounding the series.
If it can rise above the usual police procedural storylines, it could be something magical. I’ll be keeping an eye out for it when it debuts later this year.
Last Updated: May 12, 2015