Lucifer fans can rest easy. Season four of the popular show is finally available on Netflix!
There was an uncanny and almost primal scream heard across the internet last year when Fox announced that the show was ending, mostly due to the jaw-dropping cliffhanger at the end of season three.
Within hours #SaveLucifer was sweeping across social media and for once, the fans were heard. Netflix cut a deal with Fox and announced that the new season would be in production as soon as they could make it happen.
Fans were elated and began the patient wait to see what would happen next. The biggest question on everyone’s mind: Would it still be the same show we had all come to love?
Well, not only is the show back, making its season four debut on Netflix this week, but the spark of what made the show a fan favorite is still very much intact.
As the show closed out the third season, Detective Chloe Decker (Lauren German) finally saw for herself that Lucifer (Tom Ellis) had been telling the truth all along. He was, in fact, the Devil!
As the new season opens, she returns after a long vacation, and on the surface, she appears to want to get back to business as usual, but there’s a part of her that still wonders if Lucifer can actually be trusted.
This creates a fascinating arc through the season for Chloe as she tries to align her romantic feelings for Lucifer while struggling with the moral implications of knowing that the Devil, angels, and a whole host of other celestial beings are real.
Lucifer, meanwhile, finds himself once again torn between who the world believes him to be and who he wants to be. Tom Ellis brings so much to this role, and it’s so good to see him digging even deeper into the psych of the King of Hell.
Fortunately or unfortunately for both of them, they’re in good company. It seems that the entire cast of characters is having a crisis of identity this season.
Fan favorite, Ella (Aimee Garcia), a devout believer is in the midst of a crisis of faith; Dan aka Detective Douche (Kevin Alejandro) is wondering if he can trust himself. Lucifer’s angelic brother Amenadiel (D.B. Woodside) is looking for a real and lasting home, and even demonic torturer turned bounty-hunter Mazikeen (Lesley-Ann Brandt) finds herself in search of something more meaningful.
Tying them all together is their favorite therapist Linda (Rachael Martin), but even she can’t escape the existential crises of this particular season.
All of this internal conflict makes for great television, and the entire writer’s room should be congratulated for creating intricate puzzles for each character to solve.
Moreover, all of this conflict gives the cast, who after four seasons are fully immersed in these roles, new and interesting paths to walk, which they do admirably.
As with previous seasons, the crew once again finds themselves with a Biblical character in their midst. In season three, it was Cain, the first murderer condemned to walk the earth for all eternity to pay for his crimes.
This season, they’re joined by Eve. Yes, that Eve.
Played by Israeli actress Inbar Lavi (The Last Witch Hunter) , it turns out Eve was seriously bored with Adam after thousands of years in Heaven together, so she hatches a plan and comes down to earth to rejoin Lucifer, the only “man” who ever made her feel special.
Again, the writers should seriously be congratulated here.
Eve could have simply been a foil for Chloe and Lucifer’s relationship. Instead, not only does she fill that role, but she also becomes a focal point in the theme of identity for the season.
Eve was created by God to be a wife, nothing more and nothing less. She doesn’t know how to be anything other than what her significant other wants her to be, and watching her come to terms with that is particularly satisfying, even when she’s at her most annoyingly clingy.
The most rewarding part of this season for fans, however, is that tonally the show stays true to what it was before the move, and in some ways, it becomes an even better version of itself.
There is, after all, a certain freedom that comes from escaping the confines of network censorship and FCC regulations, and while the showrunners embrace that freedom allowing the Devil to stretch his wings, they never push it to the point where Lucifer becomes something it’s not.
Moreover, with only ten episodes versus the usual network order of 22, the story becomes more concentrated with events moving at a quicker, more satisfying pace.
All ten of those brand new episodes as well as the first three seasons are now streaming on Netflix. It’s the perfect set up for fans of Lucifer, old and new!