LUCIFER Season 5 Part 1 Review: Giving the Devil His Due | Fanboys Anonymous

LUCIFER Season 5 Part 1 Review: Giving the Devil His Due

Posted by Anthony Mango Wednesday, August 26, 2020
Lucifer has finally returned to Netflix with part 1 of season 5. In what might be one of the most confusing timelines of cancellations and finishes ever for a TV series, Lucifer went from done to coming back for one season on Netflix, to coming back for another, to splitting that one in half, to having a sixth season.

But hey, you're not going to hear me complaining about it. I get more of one of my favorite shows that way!

So how did this season play out, and did I think it was an upgrade, a downgrade, or a lateral move from season 4 and what came before it?

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(Season 5 Part 1 - 2020)

SHOWRUNNERS: Joe Henderson and Ildy Modrovich

STARRING: Tom Ellis (Lucifer Morningstar), Lauren German (Chloe Decker), Kevin Alejandro (Daniel Espinoza), D.B. Woodside (Amenadiel), Lesley-Ann Brandt (Mazikeen), Aimee Garcia (Ella Lopez), Rachael Harris (Linda Martin)


I wasn't fortune enough to have the time to binge these episodes in one go like I had planned. This week was swamped with WWE coverage over on my other site, Smark Out Moment, so I could only watch about an episode and a half per day when I was trying to sleep (and I averaged 2 hours of sleep per day). But I wish I had been able to check them all out in once, as it was a breeze to get through them. I don't think I would have reached a moment where I would have gotten annoyed with still having more episodes left.

I had stated before that I like Netflix as a much better home for the show than before. They don't push the boundaries too much, but they're still able to play around with a bit more risque material, but most importantly, timing. Not having to adhere to the same commercial breaks or placing certain episodes on sweeps weeks or anything like that allows much more flexibility.

I do think maybe this could have used two more episodes, though. Sometimes, it did feel as though a plot thread was introduced and resolved in the same hour and could have had a bit longer to build.

Last season, for instance, was Amenadiel having a protege of sorts who died in something like the next episode. This time, it was Maze and Lilith. I think one more episode's worth of that could have been better. The same for another whole episode of Dan dealing with having found out Lucifer is the real devil.

I'm overall a fan of that, by the way. Not necessarily how they did it (as that's not at all how I imagined it would have gone down) but the fact that it happened. It had been a little while since someone new learned the truth. Now, it's just Ella, oddly. I actually thought Ella might be before Dan, who would be the main antagonist of the final few episodes of the show before ultimately being okay with things, as a ceremonial "I'm okay with you and Chloe, too" type of thing. But hey, maybe they have something better in store for that.

Chloe quickly realizing Michael wasn't Lucifer is the type of thing that I enjoy not seeing dragged out. Had this been 20+ episodes on Fox, I think that would have been at least 6 episodes of meandering through that storyline. Here, they get right to it.

Also a thumbs up for how Chloe is quite mature about all this. You're in love with THE DEVIL and you're essentially like "Okay. Some weird shit goes on. But let's approach this like adults." I don't think I could do that. Kudos.

Poor Ella. I don't remember this random obsession with bad boys, but that helped set up Pete. I immediately liked him and then thought that it was way too easy for me to like him, so he must be evil. Look who was right.

The TV show parody of Lucifer and Chloe was great. I could have done without the flashback noir thing, though. Too campy for my tastes.

Some other quick notes and random tidbits I found interesting:

  • I loved how Linda still holds the sex she had with Lucifer in reverence.
  • No Eve? Damn.
  • That tease of God at the end wasn't the best cliffhanger in the world, but the mere fact God is now in the show made me interested to see where this goes.
  • Very curious what the end game is with Charlie. I'd imagine he's not just 100% normal mortal and that's the end of it, unless the story is about Amenadiel learning to come to terms with how his son isn't special in that way. Maybe he's the type of person who becomes a saint in the future or whatever.
  • I dig Michael as a villain. I hope he's not taken out of the equation too fast in the next episodes.

For the first half of a season, this was rock solid. I'm curious where the rest of the half will lead us, but I know I'll enjoy the ride just as I have with every other season so far.


Tony Mango is the founder, editor-in-chief, head writer and podcast host of Fanboys Anonymous as well as all other A Mango Tree branches including Smark Out Moment. He is a pundit, creative director/consultant, fiction writer and more. Follow him on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn.