Showrunners: Joe Henderson and Ildy Modrovich
Starring: Tom Ellis, Lauren German, Kevin Alejandro, Daniel Espinoza, D. B. Woodside, Lesley-Ann Brandt, Rachael Harris, and Aimee Garcia
It’s time for our review of Lucifer Season 5 Part 2, which has just landed on Netflix.
It was the one series that everyone had been waiting for; last week, part 5B of Lucifer finally debuted on Netflix, having had halted production due to the pandemic interfering with the creative process of production. The air date was a matter of contention at times, with early 2021 being suggested just before Christmas. But the series finally made it – and debuted in the number one spot on Netflix on release.
But are the new episodes of Lucifer really worth watching? As always past this point is our honest review – and there are some spoilers as well.
Netflix Is Splitting Up Lucifer Season 5 – But Is This The Right Way To Go?
The release of Lucifer Season 5 Part 2 is indicative that Netflix potentially has a strategy when it comes to new releases – something that may well have come out of the pandemic, and needing to adapt production in order to be safe. Series five of Lucifer was separated into two different parts – and the final series of Money Heist is also set to follow in the same way.
However, is this the right way to go? The two parts of series five are all one story – but the delay in release can give way into a fragmented viewing. Netflix streamlined the format of the show, whereas Fox (who owned Lucifer in its earlier incantations) made multiple episodes that lead to something of an identity loss. Lucifer Season 5 Part 2 takes a little while to get into – persevere with the first three episodes at least – but it will be worth it in the end.
Musical Episodes Of Lucifer Season 5 Part 2? Hmmm…
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Musical episodes are something of a cliche when it comes to Netflix series’. They can be hit and miss at the best of times, as well as cheesy and cringey. Just think of Riverdale; it may be popular, but the emphasis on music and just suddenly singing feels tired and overdone. Enter, stage left: Lucifer’s musical episode. We knew about this prior to it being released, especially because of the trailer where the cast was singing something of a pop-tastic version of Another One Bites The Dust.
But this was created in such a way that it was just the right amount of cheesy; the songs were worked into the storyline with a plausible explanation, rather than just randomly singing for the sake of it. Sexy singing of Jailhouse Rock outside a county jail for your recently incarcerated boyfriend? Nope – there are full harmonies, dance routines, and the entire cast also get in on this as well.
A special mention should go to Aimee Garcia and Lesley Ann Brandt. If ever you needed a musical duo sequence of a mash-up including two songs, this is it. The album released on Spotify to match is also pretty great, too.
What Does It Mean To Care? A Note (Or Two) On The Plotline
What does it mean to care, to truly and undeniably care about someone? Well, this part of season five will probably answer that question in the best sense possible.
Representation and the need for better representation is something that we have talked a lot about, particularly since the inception of the pandemic. Lucifer is the ultimate catalyst for this, and has time and time again shown how this is possible. We have Maeve – Maze and Eve – who finally get together. We have a range of races and colours, ages and religions in this series. All we are missing is the depiction of disability on screen.
Can we talk about how some characters have been given a seriously ‘glow up’, to use the internet slang? The outfits that Maze has this season are just downright beautiful – from the mock of Queen of Hell outfit (including sector and boned detailing), to the flame-coloured ultimate fighting outfit she wears in the finale of this season. The detailing is to die for. Maze has become more than what she could have probably have hoped for, including growing a soul. And with that the show deals very neatly with the concept of death – because to not be sad that someone has died would have had to have meant you never meant in the first place. To cherish is to care.
“Just prove you are worthy!”
By the time you get to the finale, emotions and tensions are running high – and if you aren’t a bucket of a soppy mess on the floor, you would have to be utterly heartless. The final three episodes is when the action truly begins to pick up all of a sudden, having just plodded along – and it will tug on your heartstrings to an extreme. Dan – Chloe Decker’s ex-husband – dies in a police sting operation gone wrong. Trixie has been left without a father to look up to – and seeing a little girl caught in the middle of celestial drama will leave you bawling. Yes, it is fiction – but this is when the story finally begins to come truly alive.
The concept of how emotions and actions shape us is also truly great scriptwriting as well as direction. The concept of guilt in this means letting go will allow us to enter heaven – but not will mean ending up in a fiery pit of despair. Emotions are not just black and white though; Chloe makes this point and underlines it when exactly too much is expected of her. God love Lauren German for the stand-out performance on this – it is so incredibly raw and provoking. To be the Devil’s on and off girlfriend will not be easy, but coping with the most dysfunctional family ever? You can hear the incredulous laughing in the background, can’t you?
Micheal is one creepy twin brother, also played by Tom Ellis – and the way he slips between both roles, often on purpose on screen (such as if one twin is pretending to be the other), is creepily unnerving. Maybe he should be the next 007? Just a thought MGN – you’d have someone to fill the shoes of Daniel Craig easily.
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