Lucifer “Off the Record” Review
The past is haunting for Lucifer, and that much alone is a shocker. Well maybe not so much for someone who creates enemies with ease, but this is the devil we are talking about. You certainly want to see whether this is a past on Earth, or a past involving his time in Hell. At the end of the day its like the guy says himself, ‘Everything is coming up Lucifer!”.
This episode unlike others wasted little time with jumping right into what it had in store for us between Lucifer and this reporter. Usually a development such as this would take some time to build upon. They would even toy with us and Lucifer as he struggles to realize what he did to someone or why he may be wrong for whatever he did. However, this time they jump straight into what sets this reporter on a mission of revenge after discovering Lucifer had been sleeping with his estranged wife. I mean wouldn’t you do the same if you were this guy? Especially if your situation was as unfortunate as his. You were not expecting a guy like this to have been kicked so hard while he was already down, or feeling like he could turn things around for himself. Part of you sympathized with him, but part of you had to laugh because this is what happens when you are trapped in Lucifer’s orbit.
What made this so exciting was how far Reese Getty (Patrick Fabian) was willing to go to get his revenge. Off the bat I was expecting this to be another Lucifer-centered episode where the spotlight was primarily on him. Though they shook things up for the best by giving us a character who can be just as driven to get what he wants, and do so with a cunning mind rather than manipulative like Lucifer. If there’s one thing that has impressed me so far about this season of Lucifer, it had to be characters like this who they have introduced and be able to hold your attention. He had a strong characterization and development for someone who has been around yet never had a story to tell till now.
I must say that the biggest punch to the gut was finding out just who Lucifer was sleeping with. You were thinking it was someone unknown that we probably wouldn’t actually see the face of, but who this was catches you completely off guard. The reveal was shocking even if you knew there had to be some tangible way for this revenge to become truly personal.
Now Lucifer’s reaction to Reese Getty‘s actions was all the more better. What you find so entertaining about his interactions with Reese is how naive he can be. Funny yet cringeworthy because we know what this is all leading to, but the devil is too full of himself to put together the pieces that are right in his face. I think I actually appreciated the level of naivety from him this time around since he wasn’t the main focus. His reaction when finally figuring things out was worth the wait. Nothing predictable like what you would have thought would come out of Lucifer. With that said, it was as well refreshing that Lucifer could find an interaction with someone he could level with as the devil. Only so many times can you do the same thing with Lucifer saying he’s one thing and the person laughing it off.
Chloe had a small part here as well. Not even as big as Lucifer’s, but both of them for the most part could have used that break from the focus being entirely on them.
Lucifer “Off the Record” is another memorable episode for showing us again that you can have an episode without it being all about the devil. Reese Getty is a character who left you feeling so many emotions. You couldn’t have run into a worse situation for someone whose life was twisted by a bad run in with Lucifer. By the end of the episode I felt as though unfortunate was too light of a word to use for the downward spiral his life took. Especially when you realized exactly what was happening through this sequence of events.