Lucifer “Boo Normal/ Once Upon a Time” Review
***Caution For Spoilers***
So kind of Fox to give us two extra episodes of Lucifer to celebrate Memorial Day, right? I say this full of sarcasm as while a generous move on their part, these two episodes neither give us hope that they will revive the show or give us closure to Lucifer’s identity finally revealed to Chloe. Bummer if you ask me, but for tonight only we nonetheless have the opportunity to dive into this world once again and show that we have not given up.
“Boo Normal” was up first, and this one was a treat for anyone who felt they didn’t get enough of Ella on her own. I admit that when this character was first introduced, I wasn’t too keen on how they approached her role. In too many cop dramas they tend to make the forensic scientist hip, peppy, and a rebellious thinker. That was the way she came off at first. Fortunately Ella began to evolve into her own when given that room to show that what she offered was an intense contrast to everyone else’s personalities which were either dull, hedonistic, or too serious. Especially when it comes to being that moral compass as someone with a strong faith.
From the start of this episode, the exploration of what a day is like in her shoes was a different atmosphere altogether. It wasn’t enough to hear about the reputation she has for being a ray of sunshine and connecting with everyone, we had to see it for ourselves. In general she has a refreshing perspective on these characters and how they impact her. Now the trouble she runs into takes us way further than her family mysteries before. Like me we were probably all thinking that this was another journey into family issues, not that there isn’t one, but what she actually deals with from her childhood was shocking. The last thing that would come to mind when for the most part Ella comes off as the most stable. This friend of hers that returned was the furthest from normal that a regular had to encounter. The reason for this friend coming back made sense once a connection was drawn to another personal issue. Then it even made more sense when the explanation was farther reaching than matters of the mind or physical realm.
This case was very fun for where this took Chloe and Ella. They faced some obstacles that took them way outside of their comfort zone. Even more than other situations where they still had some idea of what they were getting themselves into. Between these two is where the level of engagement was at its best. Someone really talking to Ella about her value to the precinct made a big difference in where she stood in terms of relevance. Not to mention how she worked the case on her end was probably the most well put together approach to a case since most cases are never too straightforward without shenanigans or dumb luck. It was also entertaining for where it took Lucifer and Dan who are a trip together when unable to take each other seriously. They both thought they were better than the other only to both struggle the same way.
What came as an additional surprise was the family drama from Lucifer. For once it was very much appreciated and better than some of the interacts which were only Lucifer and Amenadiel in more recent episodes.
For part two of the bonus episode treat, “Once Upon a Time”, this was the hour that played with our emotions since this is all about an alternate dimension where Lucifer not only has never met Chloe, but is granted the freedom of choice. I mean, we may never get the chance to see if Chloe could love Lucifer for ACTUALLY being the devil he said he is, but we get to see what a world looks like if they never met? That is one way to hit where it hurts the most. Regardless, credit where it is due that they really thought outside the box for an episode that is unlike any other in the series.
To think that in a dimension like this that Chloe would choose to prioritize her former life over her life as a detective was a big shake-up. If they kept her as only a detective, this story would have fallen flat quickly. This way added more energy to her role where there was more to do than the case of the week, and more to what would have just been Chloe working a case by herself. Who Lucifer ends up with was mindbending for all the ways you never thought a relationship with said person could happen. It could only ever happen under different circumstances such as this. So many characters in general found themselves in different positions and interacting in opposite ways. While surely enough you would be waiting for the main plotline to unfold, there was so much more interest in what path everyone else ended up on.
One thing was made clear no matter how big or small the change were that sent each on differing paths, they were all stripped of what made them genuine people. Whatever they always were or were at some point, they never found that spark as they could have when Lucifer and Chloe met.
There was still a case to solve here which wasn’t too shocking, but who was the one to solve this case mattered more. When you subtract everyone else from the equation, that just leaves Dan who could only end up one way without Chloe or Lucifer to have intercepted his path when they did. Now the added layer of troubles on top of this case didn’t hurt either. The case was only scraping the surface of what had to be dealt with in this dimension. That is of course knowing not everything can be tackled in one hour.
The narration was a nice touch. From the very start it was pretty easy to figure out who the voice had to be before they made it known.
Lucifer “Boo Normal/ Once Upon a Time” was memorable for all the ways that these two episodes revealed what could have been for our favorite characters, and what we will miss most about them if this is really it. I still can’t fully appreciate these bonus two episodes from Fox, but that is only because they can still do the right thing and save a show that many want more from. At the end of the day a good gesture, but it can’t end like this. With that said, for what this is they nailed what makes the world of Lucifer standout.