By JULLIE Y. DAZA
The TV series, “Lucifer,” is so good I cannot recommend it because it is so bad, very bad. A careful reviewer wouldn’t dare to judge that it’s for adults only, as adults who are not grounded in theology could be easily seduced by the anti-God thesis of the plot and its characters.
Lucifer is the story of the God made man told in reverse. Lucifer, the prince of hell, the lord who reigns in darkness for rebelling against God, has been sent to earth in human form to teach him a lesson. His mission is to punish the wicked, but along the way as he becomes more human he is overwhelmed by the “genuine evil” that resides in the human beings assigned to live their lives on earth. As an amateur consultant-detective working side by side with a pretty detective in the police force of Los Angeles, Lucy uses his demonic powers to help her track down witnesses and suspects. That’s his daytime job. At night, he works in his own nightclub located underground, where men and women of all sexes exercise their free will to do drugs, drink ‘til drunk, and indulge their sins, original or not.
In the “city of angels,” people get murdered in ingenious ways, which surprises the Devil himself even as he decides to lose his archangelic wings (or at least cut them loose for the meantime). Lucifer is a worldly English chap and he has a fullblooded but dark-skinned brother whose job is to watch over Lucifer and win him back, whether to hell or heaven I’m not sure yet.
That’s because the storyline has been tweaked by the sudden appearance of Lucifer’s mother, a gorgeous redhead who wears skintight miniskirts, deadly stiletto heels, and drop-dead red lipstick. “Mum” Goddess wants Lucy and his black brother to go home with her – “We are family” – but Lucy isn’t ready, his mission, whatever it is, has not been accomplished. Earth, it seems, is worse than home in Hades; he needs rescuing.
What the h— is happening? His conflicted state sends Lucifer to a psychiatrist to get some of the guilt off his chest (the way faithful Catholics confess their sins to a priest). As the sympathetic shrink analyzes him, Lucy is changing. Is the Devil turning into the original angel that he once was? Is he to be sacrificed, or redeemed?
Don’t you worry, this is Hollywood talking, not your catechist.