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"Lucifer" review by Suzanne 1/9/16
Premieres Monday 9/8c January 25 on FOX

This show is based on a comic book by the great Neal Gaiman ("Sandman") and others. I've never read this particular comic, although I have read some of the Sandman comics, and Lucifer appears in them. From what I've reads, the show does not follow the comics faithfully. If you're a fan of the comics, you may not like that.

In this series, Lucifer is guardian of Hell, put there by God (just like in the bible), but I guess he's not a prisoner there, so he leaves Hell because he's bored and moves to Earth. He goes by Lucifer Morningstar and runs a trendy L.A. nightclub called Lux.

The actor who plays Lucifer, Tom Ellis, is delightful. He plays the right combination of charming, handsome, sleazy and slightly dangerous.  If you're a Christian, you may not like this version of Lucifer because he's not such a bad guy. In fact, he's pretty much the hero (or at least the protagonist) of this show.  He helps people out, apparently. He enjoys his powers and pretending to be a human. He seems to spend a lot of time having sex, drinking, and just enjoying his time.

All that changes when a woman he knows is murdered right in front of him. He gets involved in solving her murder and pairs up with a tough female cop named Chloe (Lauren German).  Suddenly he's kind of like a superhero because he has these powers at his disposal. I don't want to spoil it for you by telling you what those powers are because that's part of the fun of the first episode. He also find Chloe very intriguing because she seems immune to his charms. I can't wait to find out why that is.

The real bad guys, apparently, are some of the other angels that don't like him being out of Hell. The angel Amenadiel is sent to take him back, but Lucifer resists.

I won't say this is a good show, but I really did enjoy it. It's a lot of fun. It reminds me a little of NBC's "Constantine," which makes sense because I believe that Neal Gaiman also worked on that comic and the character of Lucifer was in it as well. However, this TV show is not nearly as dark as the other one. I think this one should appeal more to mainstream viewers.

I really hope it catches on because it's very enjoyable. I'm tired of all of these scif/fantasy shows that I like getting canceled. FOX gets a bad rap for that. All of the networks cancel most of the shows, especially scifi. FOX should be applauded, not damned, because it puts FAR MORE of these type of shows on TV than the other broadcast networks, and it gives them more of a chance.  I don't think any other broadcast network would have kept "Fringe" on the air for five seasons, for instance.

Sometimes this show also reminds me of "Forever" because it's also about a handsome, charming immortal man with a British accent that solves crimes with a beautiful police detective. That's another wonderful show that I loved, that got canceled.

Check this out while you can. It's a fun show for however long it lasts (which I hope is a long time!).



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?

LUCIFER is produced by Warner Bros. Television, in association with Jerry Bruckheimer Television and Aggressive Mediocrity. The series is based on characters created by Neil Gaiman, Sam Kieth and Mike Dringenberg for DC Entertainment’s Vertigo imprint. Tom Kapinos (“Californication”) wrote and executive-produced the pilot. The series is executive-produced by Jerry Bruckheimer, Jonathan Littman, Ildy Modrovich and Joe Henderson. Len Wiseman serves as director and executive producer. Kapinos will serve as executive consultant on the series. “Like” LUCIFER on Facebook at Follow the series on Twitter @LuciferonFOX and join the conversation using #Lucifer. Check out photos and videos on Instagram @LuciferonFOX.

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