TV Review: Lucifer – “Wingman”

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This week’s episode of Lucifer was all about the wings that everyone wanted but no one had. Lucifer was not backing down, but his new connection to all things human definitely put a damper on this private investigation.

Chloe was dealing with personal issues over her old case that she can’t seem to let go. She is told to let it go, but her gut won’t let her. Her ex tells her she doesn’t have enough time to figure out what happened so it’s safe to say that Chloe is desperate, similar to Lucifer and his wing search.

Lucifer takes Chloe’s advice on getting a fresh pair of eyes working his ”case’,” which comes in the form of his brother Amenadiel. The two characters are polar opposites yet their dynamic only gets more interesting each week. Unfortunately Lucifer’s brother wasn’t exactly looking to help the man who left him in control of Hell. Amenadiel is an angel and looking after damned souls must be taking its toll, something he wouldn’t have to deal with if his brother hadn’t dropped his job. This pushes Lucifer to return to Chloe for her help – which turns into him helping her with the Palm Meadow case alongside Dan.

The episode goes back and forth from the group trying to figure out Chloe’s case, to Lucifer’s and back again. Which is how Chloe and Lucifer end up at an auction for his wings. Like that’s something that happens everyday in LA… And in comes Amenadiel, ready to save the day because if anyone can get the job done it’s our favorite angel. The brotherly banter only boosted this adventure further. But every adventure requires some danger, which Lucifer finds by using his special coin as collateral to get into this special function that is planning to put up his wings for sale. But since the stakes weren’t high enough, out come the guns which might not harm Amenadiel but they will hurt Lucifer if they don’t manage to kill him first.

Lucifer’s words convince the auctioneers to let them go and to partake in the bid instead of getting killed for lying about their coin being for sale. Chloe appears just in time to warn Lucifer about the FBI raid that will happen any second. But they don’t make it in time because his wings get unleashed, and Amenadiel needs to slow down time so that his brother could get his wings before the FBI takes everyone away. There’s just one problem, the wings aren’t his.

Lucifer turns his confusion into frustration, pushing away both Chloe and Amenadiel who were trying

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to help him. It looks like all of this dead ends push him to give up his patience and choose anger instead. He finds the organizer of the auction, infuriated by the lies he was told about the wings. Lucifer calls him out on finding his wings and being so affected that he lied about them so that he could keep the real ones in his possession. This revelation ends in a terrifying confrontation where Lucifer acts like the Devil we were all warned about. The dark betrayed soul that will stop at nothing to get revenge for what was taken from him.

Amenadiel then finds Lucifer on the beach, trying to convince him to hand over the wings only to watch them burn courtesy of Lucifer. Turns out Amenadiel was the one to tip the human off about the whereabouts of the wings, betraying Lucifer all for the sake of getting him to return to hell. It’s like he didn’t know anything about his brother because he was shocked that Lucifer would burn his wings, essentially committing himself to life among humans. Now that Lucifer’s wings are burned off, he can’t return to hell, which will force Amenadiel to take over forever.

Chloe and Dan reunite to figure out who shot Malcolm, which leads them to a secret passageway with proof of an insider man from the LA police. Instead of Chloe calling anyone out, she pretends as if she is done with the case even going as far as attending Malcom’s funeral to announce it to the rest of the precinct. The others seem to buy it, with Dan being the only one with the full story. He knows that Chloe won’t back down and hopefully the two exes will continue to work together because their balance helps push the case further. Dan’s doubts in Chloe have her working that much harder and Chloe’s determination reminds Dan that not everything is black and white.

Chloe and Lucifer’s partnership may have take a backseat to some other interaction this week but they still meet to catch each other up. Their growing friendship is the true driving force of this show, that combined with the weekly music choices sets up a dynamic like no other. I really hope we get to see more of these two even if their personal cases aren’t intersecting right now. The two share a connection that helps both characters in the long run, even if it’s just sassy banter that leaves them to brainstorm in a way they haven’t before.

This episode’s best feature had to be the chemistry between Amenadiel and Lucifer. Their casual back and forth quickly turns into a fierce fight for freedom. With Lucifer demanding his freedom on Earth and Amenadiel demanding his freedom from hell. Both brothers want to escape their personal hell, whether it be their past or their future. But one can’t get their freedom without the other suffering. And the two facing off only proves that this brotherhood is doomed unless one of them sacrifices what matters most.

Yana is a writer, reader, shipper and overall TV junkie. She is currently studying to become a writer in between fangirling on Twitter, watching too many shows on Netflix and meticulously planning her future.
  • MBH

    Her ex’s name is Dan not Keviin

    • Catherine

      I was thinking this as I read it. Kevin is the name of the actor who plays Dan.

  • 123Geoff

    This is a great show with wonderful acting by all. There is a question running through my mind that perhaps someone will be able to answer. Amenadiel comes to the conclusion that what Lucifer seeks is free will. However, Lucifer rebelled against his father originally and then simply left hell to live on earth. To me this indicates that he has always had free will. Is Samiel/Lucifer special? Was he given free will from the beginning that other angels do not possess? Or do all angels have free will but like Amenadiel they just do not know that they have it?

    • Seattle_bound

      Biblically, God gives free will to all because forced adoration is not adoration at all.
      As for the show … I interpret as Lucifer came to earth within his rhealm of duties and went back and forth, but this time he refused to return in the depths of hell’s eternal punishment. The reason is yes rebellion.
      Lucifer, was at one point the highest (or one of the highest) ranking angels in heaven but began to covet power and had a battle in heave with God who bannished him (and those who followed him) from heaven. I don’t recall off hand which Old Testament book mentions this, though.

    • Cadiva

      In the comics, as opposed to Judao/Christian mythology, free will doesn’t exist, God has pre-ordained everyone’s fate and it is this which Lucifer rebels against.

      • 123Geoff

        Thank you for clarifying the comic version. However, if Lucifer can rebel in the show or perhaps the comics does that not mean he has free will? Is not the act of rebellion an act of free will?

        • Cadiva

          Lucifer has free will, he wants the rest of humanity to have it also, not to be bound by God’s pre-ordained Will.

          • 123Geoff

            With regard to the logic of the show: Why then does Amenadiel come to the conclusion that by burning the wings and becoming somewhat mortal that Lucifer’s intention is to seek free will if he already has free will? The reaction by Amenadiel suggests that he (Amenadiel) does not have free will.

          • Cadiva

            I guess because they’re not following the comic books directly?
            Or because Amenedial is just dropping a bit of exposition as to what Lucifer’s always been rebelling against is the lack of free will imposed by God in general?

            I don’t think they’ve made it clear yet but I don’t think it should be taken as Lucifer and Amenedial don’t have free will given his actions at the end with Malcolm.

          • 123Geoff

            Yes it appears that Amenadiel has restored the life of Malcolm for his own somewhat nefarious reasons, (to get Lucifer back to hell) which suggests that Amenadiel has free will. Thank you. Perhaps consistency in plot and topic are a little much to ask from the writers of the show. Yes we will have to see how this develops.

  • trejon pearson

    It’s pretty obvious Dan is the dirty cop right?

  • 123Geoff

    Thank you for that well written and thoughtful message! Let me cogitate further. Such seemingly does not explain to me why Amenadiel comes to the conclusion that what Lucifer seeks is “free will”. I think we both agree that Lucifer has “free will” and would continue to have it whether he is in the angelic or a somewhat mortal form.

    • SamsaraGuru

      Based on the latest episode where Lucifer got his wings!

      I am wondering if perhaps Amenadiel because of his desperation isn’t letting himself indulge in a uniquely human quality of forcing, trying to overlay the way he wants the world to work – despite the fact a paradigm doesn’t square with reality – on the explanation of why Lucifer would choose to give up his rule of hell?

      After all, what is free will but the ability to choose to make a mistake even if we are told it is a mistake, and then hopefully learn from our mistake it was – or not (out of which course of action incidentally has come and comes all new human discoveries!) – it is always a fine line we walk. Leaders and adventurers quite often come back dead instead of triumphant.

      If angels possess free will (do you ever feel like we are back in medieval times arguing over how many angels can dance on the head of a pin? lol), but if they are truly free to think – then they are also vulnerable to making mistakes and/or deluding themselves.

      It will be interesting to see how the writers evolve this line of the story.

      Personally, I LOVE this show. It and Blacklist are my two favorites and I must say that if someone said, “You can only ever again watch one- I would choose Lucifer. Much as I watch Blacklist for much the same reason – to see the lead character just be their character irrespective of Blacklists even more unbelievable than Lucifer premise.

      • 123Geoff

        Thank you. Yes, I believe you hit the nail on the head. Angels have the ability to exercise free will but choose not to do so. By contrast then Lucifer and one third of the angels that joined him in rebellion chose to exercise free will. This is an interesting theological concept that would transcend the Fox Lucifer series but would answer the question posed. Yes this is my favorite show as well. All of the characters are well cast and are very believable in their roles. I hope we see more of Maze. She is the one that betrayed Lucifer in giving the information to Amenadiel. I am fairly certain Lucifer did not share that type of information with his therapist… there would be no need.

        • SamsaraGuru

          You have taken what I said to the next step. Let’s try this on for size.

          If Amenadiel and the angels that didn’t at first choose to use their free will have always looked down upon (literally and figuratively) Lucifer and the fallen angels who followed him, then it could well be that Amenadiel still doesn’t fully recognize – and accept – his own free will, and thus is still viewing Lucifer as being “bad” and doing what Father doesn’t like (being the good little boy who always does what Daddy/Mommy says!).

          So, he doesn’t even now fully understand Lucifer chafing at the bit at being held back by having to obey strictures placed upon him by good ol Dad. Thus, his characterization – mis-characterization – of Lucifer’s desire simply to be free to express himself and live his own life – as seeking free will.

          Amenadiel still does not want to be free to think for himself; thus he can’t imagine anyone wanting to do so. As I am sure you know, this not wanting to think for oneself is an affliction that most of humanity is more than happy to be afflicted with as well.

          But, I digress.

          Maze is truly gorgeous. She almost makes me wish – until my senses thankfully return – that I were not gayer than springtime!

          Tom Ellis – is THE personification of urbane and debonair and the second he appears I find I am smiling in anticipation of just hearing the smooth, dulcet tones of his voice and whatever wonderful lines he is about to deliver.

          And yes, the rest of the cast is perfect as well – the psychologist, in the pilot when they first met, was hysterical and, the “Trixie – that’s a hooker’s name” sequence was truly masterful and exquisite.

          This is what good writing and acting are about. Just as with a movie like Gran Torino with Clint Eastwood, demonstrates, when you have intelligent, fun, meaningful dialogue coupled with characters you come to love all melded together beautifully – you don’t need 150 million dollars worth of special effects to keep one interested. As I know you know, mon ami.

  • Seattle_bound

    I never said they don’t. And I don’t see this in the show either. Not sure which part of what you get that notion from.

    • 123Geoff

      Amenadiel comes to the conclusion based on his perception, that what Lucifer seeks is free will (beach scene). As such, the statement by Amenadiel indicates that he and Lucifer do not have free will. This may be an error in logic by the writers of the script. Actually, I have a suspicion that Lucifer is not telling the entire truth about becoming human and that he only permits himself to have human frailties when it suits his needs.