Lucifer “Anything Pierce Can Do I Can Do Better” Review
Tensions are always on the rise in Lucifer, but the last episode pulled no punches when it came to the madness that the divine can bring into the lives of regular people. It’s unfortunate that characters like Charlotte and Chloe have to find themselves caught in the middle of this, but there is no other way to make the statement that experiencing the divine may not be all that it’s cracked up to be.
This week is one where fallout means everything. Everyone in some way was impacted by the choice Pierce made to break it off with Chloe whether directly or indirectly. While there was still going to be tension, somehow it was the air of awkwardness that stuck out most. After what unfolded, there was no one to genuinely turn back to a scene in the precinct where things could go back to normal. How Chloe moved forward was admirable. The one thing she has always had going for her is the ability to separate her feelings in contrast to most others. She can be hurting, but she chooses when and where she falls apart. Choosing who she expresses those feelings to made a big difference as well when it was only predictable that Lucifer would take every opportunity to insert himself in a sensitive situation.
From here it was hard not to see Lucifer as more than an obstacle. His heart is usually in the right place when it comes to Chloe, but he can never truly figure out how to be real. Being the devil has consistently meant that Lucifer can’t break the habits that put distance between himself and those he cares about. I was taken back that at some point he could find it within himself to figure out where he goes wrong. At the same time I liked that a personal discovery like this couldn’t come without a price. I’m glad that Linda found her most valued moment when also realizing herself where she has slipped up helping Lucifer. Her most powerful moments are those where she says what needs to be said without being ignored or having her words twisted.
Pierce losing his mark was a strange turn of events after he broke Chloe’s heart. One would have thought that this was all leading to Lucifer finally snapping as he was walking that line for some weeks now. To see that whether Pierce wanted it or not in that moment he lost the mark changed everything when the question of what comes next is crucial. It goes without saying that Pierce has gone through an experience where there would be something to miss if he died now. True love, people who understand him, people who can make him vulnerable. Surely that was all meaningless until his urge came back to break the curse. What he did next was the best change of direction you could ask for, even if there was a rush to the action and response. I mean it was heartwarming to see what happens when he is actually putting in the effort to win someone over. However, I just can’t see how he could make such a leap for love with success the way he did by the end of the episode.
The new case was another where it didn’t feel all too important in contrast to everything else going on. Not a bad thing of course since the cases tend to only be a tool to help drive the story from point A to B. Nonetheless, I enjoyed that this was a case where for the most part they could focus on solving it without a certain someone making everything about him. Sometimes it isn’t worth doing the case if its going to only be filler.
It’s always a tough pill to swallow when Maze is hurting, and this week may push her to that point where crosses a line she can’t come back from. The minute that Pierce decided that losing his mark didn’t mean he had to die changed everything. Particularly for one Maze who is now left with little options for a possible return to hell. Desperation can be a scary thing depending on the person experiencing it. So there was a lot of room for anticipation when it came to how far she was now willing to go to get the job done on her end. With this show being what it is, there had to at least be one scene or two where we could be entertained despite the drama. Amenadiel getting Charlotte to help him with his mission had unexpected results when she is not someone to underestimate given the right motivation. He got a bit more than he bargained for when she has everything to gain and nothing to lose.
Lucifer “Anything Pierce Can Do I Can Do Better” hit right where it hurt the most when these characters all do things that either bring out the best in each other, or the worst. In the game of love, someone is going to be a loser. While I don’t mind who won, I also wouldn’t say I agree with the execution of how said person captured Chloe’s heart. That was the only thing that hurt such an emotionally impacting episode.