TV Review: Lucifer – “A Priest Walks into a Bar”

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Lucifer’s struggles take a turn for the emotional when he starts to feel the void that he must have never had as the Devil. And it looks like the powers that made Lucifer our favorite also included the inner turmoil that he’s been dealing with lately.

This week, the crime was centered on a priest. He visits Lucifer at his bar LUX, asking for help only to be turned down. Since clearly the Devil can’t be a fan of priests, we see Lucifer ask Chloe to look into the case. But not the drug dealer case that Father Frank was looking into, Lucifer wants them to look into the priest instead. When the director of the youth center is murdered, he gets his chance.

Father Frank admitted that he talked to the head of the youth center, and he was supposed to be taken in for questioning but a shoot out happens right in front of the church. And again everything is twisted back to the priest because he has some information on these drug deals. Apparently there is an opposing drug dealing business that isn’t a fan of their competition. Father Frank is in danger, so Lucifer decides to keep him safe, in his club with scantily clad women.

Lucifer spends the whole episode trying to get the priest to crack, always thinking there was something fishy about him. Although what he finds out doesn’t back up his case since Father Frank says a car accident that killed his daughter and Conner’s family pushed him into his faith. This pisses Lucifer off to no end, his daddy issues not letting him ignore any God comment. They do play a few songs together on the piano, which must spark a friendship, right?

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Father Frank puts himself in danger trying to save Conner who is working for another counsellor from the youth center. Eric Doyle turns out to be the opposing drug dealer and in order for Conner to join him he needs to prove his worth. That turns into Conner trying to shoot the priest but failing, only for Father Frank to jump in front of the bullet meant as punishment for Conner. Lucifer’s reaction is heartbreaking, almost killing Eric for killing Father Frank. The pain in him grew when he realized that his identity was always clear to the priest, and he still found meaning in the fact that they met.

Dan isn’t having a fun time in today’s episode; that’s one way to put it. After Malcolm decided that he owns him now, Dan is backed into a corner. First Malcolm comes back to the force and makes sure that Dan is his partner. Then he tells him that he needs Dan to get him something from evidence or else. But not before bringing up the fact that Dan can’t confuse to shooting him if he wants to be around in his daughter’s life.

It was about time that we got more than a glimpse at Amenadiel again. It turns out he saved Malcolm, but it wasn’t out of the goodness of his heart. Instead Amenadiel enlists him to do his dirty work, which seems like a promising plot for the rest of the season. It looks like Malcolm’s actions will be controlled by Amenadiel, and it all leads back to what our favorite angel might be plotting for Lucifer. In tonight’s episode, we find out that murder is on his mind, and his brother is his target. Is this revenge or does Amenadiel have something else up his sleeve?

Lucifer’s train of thought as a whole this week revolved around loneliness. He had to push that aside for the case, but we see another glimpse after Father Frank dies. He talks to his father in a sense, questioning him just like a human would. The question of why do good people die gets brought up, and it looks like Lucifer is just as lost. But it wouldn’t be a proper episode if Lucifer and Chloe didn’t share a moment or two. And I have to say that her choosing to go be with Lucifer while he mourns was very sweet – no matter where this relationship will go.

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.
  • 123Geoff

    Another great show. There is a lingering question as to the mortality of Lucifer. One might question whether his vulnerability is selective. Only Chloe and Amenadiel have been able to hurt him. In both of those instances he was not trying to fight back but rather invited both to hurt him. It would seem unlikely that Malcolm would be provided such an invite. If so, will we find that he is immortal after all if Malcolm were to attempt to terminate him? In a sense it almost appears that Lucifer and Amenadiel are switching roles regarding good and evil. This is an interesting turn of events that should provide for further development. Could the actions of Amenadiel become so radical that he becomes doomed to stay in hell? Is hell changing Amenadiel in a similar way that being around humans is changing Lucifer? In the beginning of the series Chloe seems to be saved by Lucifer after the gun shot wound. Apparently, Lucifer was unable to save the priest and it would seem likely that he might have done so if he could have. So this brings up the question of whether there has been a change in his powers? All interesting questions and we will have to see where the series goes from here.

  • mifga

    Excellent show, excellent writing. Lucifer is an extremely interesting character played perfectly Ellis

  • This show is very good…I have enjoyed every episode.