His name is Lucifer Morningstar, and he’s everything a woman (or man) would want. Sexy and refined, smooth and suave, he’s rich, drives sports cars knows all the hot-spots in town and can tap into your inner most secrets. The only problem is he’s the devil himself. That’s right. Lucifer Morningstar from the new hit show Lucifer that airs Mondays at 9 p.m. ET on Fox is Satan, Beelzebub, the Anti-Christ, Lord of Hell, Prince of Darkness and is gloriously played by Tom Ellis. Fox announced they’ve picked up nine more episodes for Season 2, bringing the show’s Season 2 total to 22 episodes, as fans have fallen in love with Lucifer and want more. The show currently has an 8.3 IMDB rating and has attracted an overwhelming fan base on social media networks such as Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. While most people are raving about Lucifer, there’s one group that wants the show off the air: One Million Moms. One Million Moms fears that this charming, handsome, devilish version of Lucifer will cause people to turn to the dark side and follow the entertaining character straight to hell. They launched a petition before Fox aired Season 1, calling for Lucifer’s cancellation. Currently, the petition has 38,259 signatures. Check out the video playlist above to watch trailers, previews of Lucifer episodes and more.
Is Tom Ellis’s “Lucifer” character so sexy, he’ll drive hordes of women and men straight to hell where they’ll be forever tormented and punished by the real devil? Here is a portion of the remarks made by One Million Moms on their petition to have Lucifer canceled.
“FOX’s new drama Lucifer is spiritually dangerous. The new program Lucifer glorifies Satan as a caring, likable person in human flesh. The character Lucifer Morningstar makes being the devil look cool, drives a fancy car, gets out of a speeding ticket, owns a nightclub in LA, and is irresistible to women.”
No one could disagree that Tom Ellis makes the devil look good. Women do find his Lucifer portrayal irresistible as that’s the main plot of the show. What One Million Moms fails to mention; however, is that the character of Lucifer Morningstar is not based upon the Christian idea of the devil as portrayed in the Bible. In fact, no Christian would think that the devil’s name is Lucifer Morningstar. Christian theology is at odds with the premise of the show Lucifer because Lucifer is not based on the Bible. Lucifer is based on comic book characters created by Neil Gaiman, Sam Kieth, and Mike Dringenberg. The One Million Moms petition not only mistakes the nature of the Lucifer comic book character as being from the Bible, but it also mistakes the viewer’s ability to discern fantasy from reality. The petition is similar to the controversy that ensued regarding Harry Potter and the belief that countless children would read the books and join covens. Lucifer is a fictitious character in a fantasy-based, crime drama TV show. It has nothing to do with leading people to hell, practicing the occult or glorifying the Christian interpretation of Satan.
Neil Gaiman responded to the One Million Moms Lucifer petition and the call to cancel the TV show on his official Tumblr page.
The TV show Lucifer stars Tom Ellis as Lucifer Morningstar, Lauren German as Detective Chloe Decker, Rachael Harris as Dr. Linda Martin, DB Woodside as Amenadiel, Lesley-Ann Brandt as Maze, Kevin Alejandro as Detective Dan Espinoza, Aimee Garcia as Ella Lopez, Tricia Helfer as Charlotte and Scarlett Estevez as Trixie Espinoza. The TV show’s plot is a basic and enjoyable one. Lucifer Morningstar runs hell and gets bored. He decides he’s had enough of the gloom, doom, torture and torment and decides to take a vacation. Of all the places on earth, Lucifer decides that Los Angeles would be the best place to start his life again. Lucifer moves to Los Angeles, opens a nightclub and explores his every wicked desire.
While you might expect Lucifer to become something similar to Vampire Diaries or The Originals, it quickly turns into a crime drama reminiscent of Dexter. In fact, the similarities between Michael C. Hall’s Dexter and Tom Ellis’ Lucifer Morningstar are plain to see, once you look for them.
Both Dexter and Lucifer are TV show characters who have an inner struggle between good and evil. They long to do the right thing, but due to their inherent character flaws can’t. No matter how hard they try to be good, they’re bad. And they’re not just a little bad, but they’re one temper-flare away from unleashing vengeance upon the world. Dexter looked for a way to transform his inner evil to the good of humanity. As a serial killer, he channeled his compulsion to kill by targeting those who “fit the code.” Dexter’s code meant he could only kill and punish those who had committed some crime and deserved it. Like Lucifer, he too looks for people to punish because they deserve it. Lucifer is compelled to punish wicked humans, and he does so with glee.
Tom Ellis’ Lucifer character finds great confliction within his core being. It’s as if he feels he was sentenced to play a part in his father’s (God’s) drama that he didn’t want to play. Sometimes his character seems ready to give up and be as evil as he desires, but now there is something holding him back. Lucifer explains through Season 1 that his job in hell was to punish those who deserved God’s wrath. Assisting Lucifer in hell are demons such as his right-hand ninja-fighting, leather wearing, head-torturing demon Mazideen “Maze.” Played by the gorgeous Lesley-Ann Brandt, Maze followed her master to L.A. and is ready to do his bidding at will. Lucifer opens a club where Maze works as a bartender, spends time letting unwitting humans sell them his soul, and seems to revel in this new form of rebellion to his father’s plan. He’s left hell, is partying and having fun and has no intention of going back. Even his angelic brethren such as his brother Amenadiel played by DB Woodside can’t make him return to hell. Lucifer is stubborn, rebellious and selfish. He’s exactly what you’d expect the devil to be in human form.
Lucifer seems content in his new life until he witnesses a crime. It is at this point that Lucifer finds a way to bring his destiny as the eternal punisher into his human life as Lucifer. He miraculously survives death and is set on finding a killer. Once Lucifer meets Detective Chloe Decker, played by Lauren German, he involves himself in her case and offers to help find and punish the killer. The two develop a relationship that builds over each case and though there is an attraction, Lucifer is unaware that he is in love with Chloe. He has never experienced love before and his emotions regarding Chloe baffle and confuse him. It also makes it more evident that he has no plan ever to return to hell and leave Chloe behind. Lucifer’s and Chloe’s relationship is in conflict as she is the only human woman able to resist his charm.
Watch the official Lucifer trailer for Season 1 to get a feel for the show below.
As we watch Lucifer’s character grow, we see how his struggles with the basic conflicts of good and evil. He also asks many theological questions most people ask during their life. Why me? What’s the point of life? Why am I here? Why do you allow pain and suffering to exist? Sometimes you feel that Lucifer will throw his fists towards the heaven and unleash wrath and fury on earth. Just when you think Lucifer will cross the line for good, Chloe is there to reel him back in. Chloe makes him vulnerable, and the fact he doesn’t understand why makes his character and the potential romance between the two characters alluring. Both Dexter and Lucifer fight crime in their own way and develop their own humanity with each episode. Both Dexter and Lucifer struggle with their moral codes, right and wrong and the reality they were born evil. There is no doubt that many Dexter fans should give Lucifer a try, and see if it’s not a crime drama they enjoy.
The TV show Lucifer airs on Fox networks. Season 1 and every current episode of Lucifer Season 2 is on-demand at Hulu. Check with your local cable and satellite demand programming, for Lucifer on-demand episodes. Season 2 is available to watch on Fox on Demand: Lucifer.
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