Lucifer’s final season finally pays off the series’ big, long-running question

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Having already escaped cancellation twice, Lucifer is back for a sixth and final season on Netflix, concluding the Devil’s Saga, Lucifer Morningstar (Tom Ellis) and Detective Chloe Decker (Lauren German), the deadly love of her life. In its surprising and satisfying final 10-episode season, Lucifer returns to tackle one of his main recurring themes: Can fate be changed?

The fact that season 6 of Lucifer exists suggests that fate is not set in stone. The show, based on original comics by Neil Gaiman, Mike Dringenberg and Sam Kieth, originally premiered on Fox in 2016 under Tom Kapinos, with co-showrunners Ildy Modrovich and Joe Henderson. It was canceled three seasons later and then saved by Netflix for a season 4. Lucifer was scheduled to end with a two-part Season 5, but the streaming service ordered another season just as the showrunners were wrapping up, prompting the development of a whole new ending for the series.

“I feel like a show’s legacy is so defined by whether or not it sticks to the landing,” Henderson said in an interview with TV guide. “And this is where our concern [about a sixth season] came from – we felt like we were about to block the landing and it was, “Do we want to compromise this?” But what we realize now is that we are the ones holding the landing.

Tom Ellis as Lucifer sits smugly on a couch under blue light in Lucifer Season 6

Photo: John P. Fleenor / Netflix

Thank the devil, because Season 5 ended with Lucifer becoming God, Chloe becoming his number two in Heaven (even though she had a young daughter on Earth who just lost her father) and Maze (Lesley-ann Brandt), who begins the series as the most loyal follower of the demon of Lucifer, taking control of Hell. This ending would have settled the question of fate as totally and completely malleable by completely upsetting what God had originally planned for these characters. In Season 1, God sends Amenadiel (DB Woodside) to Earth just to tell Lucifer to return to Hell. If he wanted him to Heaven as a forming God, he could have made it very easily. So when Season 5 ends with Lucifer winning a civil war to take God’s place, it suggests that God’s plan is not set in stone.

But season 6 complicates this perception a bit. The answer to the question of whether people can escape what powers are meant for them ends up being a “maybe”. And while this new answer isn’t quite as clear, it’s much more true to the spirit of the series, which is that nothing about identity and purpose is completely black and white.

Lucifer has not always been a show on cosmic issues. When it premiered in 2016, it was a police proceeding with a side of supernatural intrigue – the story of an angel who rebelled against God and was sent to hell for his crimes, and to the deadly sleuth who is immune to her evil charms. At the start of the series, the cases Chloe and Lucifer worked on together were almost all of human-to-human violence, with no demons or biblical villains. The main conflict was whether Chloe would find out that Lucifer was, in fact, the devil, not just some rich guy having a weird fantasy.

Lucifer didn’t start building his mythology until Seasons 2 and 3, when he delved a little deeper into his core themes of forgiveness and change. But the uneven quality of the villains meant the show’s effectiveness varied. The arrival in Season 2 of Lucifer’s mother, Charlotte / Goddess (Tricia Helfer), has made it harder to see if she is a villain or simply a woman betrayed by her husband and sons. Neither the Goddess nor Charlotte are cut and dried figures. Their complexity helps challenge Lucifer’s understanding of right and wrong – and by extension, hell and heaven. But Season 3’s big bad Cain (Tom Welling) is a lot less convincing. He is tragic, but also downright evil.

Lauren German and Tom Ellis as Chloe and Lucifer approach a man sitting in the lotus position with his eyes closed in Lucifer Season 6

Photo: John P. Fleenor / Netflix

Season 4, the first after the switch to Netflix, takes the story a step further, combining questions of fate and the good / bad binary in a new villain, Father William Kinley (Graham McTavish). Driven by his conviction that Lucifer is evil, without any nuance, Father Kinley has only one motivation: to prevent a prophecy from coming true. (“When the devil walks the earth and finds his first love, evil will be set free.”) But in his desperation to prevent the prophecy from coming true, he inadvertently provokes it. Because he believed so strongly that Lucifer is evil, he believes that the devil is actively trying to fulfill this prophecy, instead of just focusing on his daily work. The fate of this show may be real, but not in the way Kinley understands it.

Its story aligns with the recurring conflict between what the characters want and what they deserve, according to the Bible’s clear ideas about right and wrong. Take Amenadiel, the more righteous older brother of Lucifer. In the series, the angels themselves realize their own powers, and in season 2, when Amenadiel sins and begins to feel unworthy of divine gifts, he loses his angel wings. He only recovers them when he realizes that no sin is unforgivable and that people can change. Lucifer experiences the same thing in Season 4 after Chloe learns her true identity. He thinks he’s a monster, so he’s literally starting to look like one.

Maze is the best illustration of the personal choice theme. Expert torturer and soulless fighter, in Season 1, she lives to serve Lucifer. But as the show continues, she wants more from life – more than she believes God wants for her. The only problem is that she thinks she needs a soul to get it. After desperately trying to cultivate a soul, Maze practically gave up when God told him that while he never gave souls to demons, he also never said they couldn’t. grow souls. Once she finally lets herself believe that she can be more than a soulless creature, she changes.

Until season 6, God’s plan for the show was still ambiguous. For the most part, none of the characters receive direct orders from God. They believe that he determined their future, but they don’t know exactly what the future holds for them. With Lucifer waiting to take his place as God in the final season, the scene looks set for an indeterminate, wide open playing field. But, it all goes out the window with the arrival of Lucifer’s surprise daughter from the future, Rory (Brianna Hildebrand). After turning the whole idea of ​​fate upside down and getting rid of God in Season 5, Season 6 brings her right back, forcing Lucifer to face the possibility that even after five seasons of character growth, acceptance, and of successful deviation from the plan for which God established him, he cannot change his future.

Leslie-Ann Brandt as Maze stands behind Inbar Lavi as Eve and kisses her shoulders in Lucifer Season 6

Photo: John P. Fleenor / Netflix

Season 5 Lucifer fought to change what he once believed to be the dictates of God, the limits of what Lucifer was allowed to be and do. But in Season 6, he’s forced to accept that certain responsibilities, like running Hell, are inevitable – and fixed destinies aren’t necessarily bad. Chloe was a literal gift from God to Lucifer, but once she got over feeling that she was not in control of her own life, she embraced her feelings for Lucifer as her own, and not as a gift. of God.

In the end, that’s really it Lucifer concerns: how people have the capacity to change who we think we are supposed to be. Sometimes fate is malleable, and sometimes a fate that feels like punishment is truly a blessing. But none of this is true for people who don’t open up to self-improvement and self-reflection, like Lucifer does. It’s no coincidence that the show’s first episode and finale end in a therapist’s office. For five seasons, we watched Lucifer work on himself in therapy. Season 6 finally allows him to use everything he’s learned to achieve his destiny.

The 10 episodes of Lucifer Season 6 is now streaming on Netflix.

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