Part 2 of Season 5 of “Lucifer” is finally available on Netflix. Are these new episodes up to the previous very good batches? Is the arrival of God good for the series worn by Tom Ellis? We tell you everything.
It’s not just for Lucifer, Chloe, Maze and the others that time was frozen once the first part of season 5 ended last August. For nine months, fans of the fantastico-police series worn by Tom Ellis held their breath and counted the days that separated them from the resolution of this dantesque cliffhanger, marked by the arrival on Earth (and in the series, finally) of the father of Lucifer and Amenadiel: God in person, embodied by Dennis Haysbert.
Today, part 2 of this fifth season, again composed of eight episodes, is finally available on Netflix and the wait is therefore coming to an end for all subscribers of the streaming platform addicted to the adventures of the Lord of the Underworld.
And if the hardcore fans will inevitably find their account – because the humor specific to the characters is always so scathing – this new batch disappoints in part, after a season 4 and a first half of season 5 of high flight, punctuated in particular by threats or formidable antagonists who miss this time somewhat in Lucifer. And which gave the series an epic breath that we no longer really find.
God, a gift from heaven for the series
Other than a vocal cameo in Season 2 performed by Neil Gaiman himself, the creator of the comics the series is based on, God had never appeared in the flesh in Lucifer before. His arrival, in the very last seconds of part 1 of this fifth season, was therefore a real event, as his role is so major in the mythology of the series and in the evolution of the characters. And, let’s face it bluntly: his presence throughout part 2 is the good news of these new episodes!
First presented in a rather harsh and silent aspect, whose aura commands respect (it is God the Father, after all), the character played by Dennis Haysbert (24 heures chrono) is finally revealed very quickly. very funny and brings a good dose of extra humor to a series that has never lacked. His exchanges with Lucifer, Ella (Aimee Garcia), Amenadiel (DB Woodside), or Dan (Kevin Alejandro) are tasty (God did not miss the adventure between Dan and his ex-wife) and the role that ‘he plays in the musical episode is rather well regarded by the authors.
But above all, the arrival of God on Earth makes it possible to resurface all the desires, all the anxieties, and all the questions of Lucifer, Amenadiel, Maze, and Michael, the hero’s twin. For as an omnipotent and omniscient divine being, God is, in theory, supposed to be able to answer all their questions and resolve all their dilemmas.
But the latter is actually there to announce a new capital to his sons: he wants to retire. And the race for his succession, at the heart of the last episodes, will turn everything upside down and will, once again, push each of the characters to ask themselves what they really want and to project themselves, not without complications, towards the future. .
As always, it is therefore the mythology of Lucifer that stands out as the great strength of the series. Through this inheritance plot – which of Lucifer, Michael, or Amenadiel will be knighted by his siblings to succeed their Father in Heaven? – showrunners Joe Henderson and Ildy Modrovich bring back some famous faces (including Rémiel played by Vinessa Vidotto) and take the opportunity to introduce the many brothers and sisters of Lucifer that we had never met before.
A family of dysfunctional angels who, again, bring a lot of humor to the whole. And which allows the season to culminate in an intense climax.
Uninspired episodes and stagnant relationships hurt this season 5B
However, as always in Lucifer, the mythology is only part of the series. After all, for five seasons now, we have been above all and above all confronted with a somewhat separate procedural, which mixes investigations completed in each episode, and soap operas focused both on divine and demonic issues, and on the romances that bind the characters.
And in particular Lucifer and Chloe (Lauren German), who finally confessed their feelings in season 4 and who now spin the perfect (?) Love in season 5. With a few unforeseen events. Starting with the fact that Lucifer obviously cannot tell his beautiful that he loves her. And unfortunately, despite what the possible ascension of Lucifer to the Throne of God might change for them, this relationship turns a bit too much in circles in Part 2. And worse, Chloe, who has been central to the series since the pilot, even goes a little too much in the background for our taste.
Beyond that, this second half of season 5 also disappoints at the level of the investigations, which really struggle to fascinate, but also with its “special” episodes, which are far from the clear success.
The musical episode is pretty bad (we still can’t get over the horrible mash-up between “Bad to the Bone” and “No Scrubs” … it’s not Glee who wants to). The Dan-centric episode doesn’t go much further than the slightly too long gag. Ella doesn’t really have a story arc to speak of. And the investigation devoted to Linda (Rachael Harris) and an important element of her past resolves in an expedited way an intrigue started in part 1 which would have deserved to be more in-depth.
Fortunately, characters like Amenadiel and Maze (Lesley-Ann Brandt) are entitled to a nice progression – the two characters seeking more than ever their place in this world which is not theirs (until finally finding it?). And the last episodes, marked by a huge twist that should break the hearts of many viewers and by the return of Michael as an antagonist, rekindle interest and lead us to a finale rich in surprises.
Which was initially to conclude the series, since this final episode was already planned when Netflix finally ordered a sixth and final season. And that would have served as a satisfying ending after 83 episodes. Was it really necessary to continue? Not sure as the majority of the intrigues seem to have come to a logical conclusion. But the authors may be able to surprise us. And we are still (a little) curious to find out what they have in store for us for the last 10 episodes. Who this time really should be last.