I know what you’re thinking. “You watched it that many times?!” and yes I’m just as shocked as you are. But when something is THAT good, you can’t help but watch it again and again. Season 5A of Lucifer is one of those somethings.
If you’re like the majority of the world who were in quarantine during the second quarter of 2020, going into the third, you’ve probably been binging a lot of shows. Being one of the most anticipated premieres on Netflix, part A of Lucifer’s fifth season aired on August 21 after over a year since the fourth season came out. I, along with many other fans, couldn’t wait to sink my teeth into all 8 episodes once they were available, despite staying awake until 4:30 a.m. in my timezone to watch it the moment Netflix released the new season.
With every rewatch, I always find something new that I haven’t caught on to before (maybe because I overlooked it or didn’t think too much about it at the time). For example there’s a scene in 5×08 titled “Spoiler Alert” (I’m not going to spoil anything here, despite the title of the episode) where Ella crawls through a hole in the wall to a shiny, glistening room. If this doesn’t sound familiar to you, this is an Easter egg aimed towards the kid’s movie Coraline about a girl who finds a door in a wall that leads to another dimension. Of course if you’re a nerd like me you’d recognize the correlation between that Easter egg and Coraline. Both were created by Neil Gaiman. Pretty cool, right? It only took three rewatches to catch onto that. So glad I did. The show writers are absolute geniuses for adding that in.
Apart from the Easter eggs, the CGI this season was amazing. Since Netflix upped their budget, they took the meaning of “go big or go home” to another level. Of course we haven’t even seen the CGI for part B yet but this was just a teaser of what’s to come. Like that scene where Lucifer waves a hand and becomes the Avatar by bending Hell at his fingertips? And the background becomes particles to reveal that what we were seeing isn’t actually there? Chef’s kiss. Not to mention that Lucifer’s devil face was stunning. It came a long way since the 2016 devil face where it looked like a poorly baked lasagna. Thank god the show was moved to Netflix (if you listen closely, you can hear Lucifer muttering “Dad had nothing to do with this, I assure you”). Otherwise we wouldn’t have gotten these amazing upgrades even if the show wasn’t cancelled by Fox.
Music. Music plays a key role on tv shows. It sets up the scene and it sets the mood. Lucifer is no exception. The show is heavily based around music, since the man sings and plays piano frequently. I cannot stress enough how much I love the music in part A. Ranging to many genres, we have happy beats that feel flirty and cute such as the famous vending machine song (you know what I’m talking about) to THAT scene; an emotional, long awaited moment for many fans. Whoever is in charge of picking the music needs a raise because their taste is phenomenal. I can’t wait to see what songs are used in part B.
Finally we have the acting. As usual, everyone was on point and brought incredible performances to the screen. One of the most memorable performance was from Tom Ellis himself, playing both Lucifer and his twin brother, Michael. Seeing the two together…was amazing. You know it’s Tom playing the role but the way he makes both characters walk and talk? The differences are so obvious and jaw dropping to watch, even when it’s Michael pretending to be Lucifer. It’s clear that Tom wanted to make Michael as opposite to Lucifer as he possibly could and boy did it work. From the eyes to the way he carried himself, Tom’s hard work paid off. Michael is by far the best villain on the show. So it was Tom acting as Michael who was acting as Lucifer. And of course we can’t forget Lesley Ann-Brandt’s emotional performance as Maze. Her storyline is such a roller coaster of a ride and I hope she gets redeemed in either 5B or season six.
If you haven’t watched Lucifer yet, you can watch all five seasons right now, available on Netflix. Season 5B will air sometime in December 2020 or January 2021.