Ever since Lucifer premiered on Fox in 2016, it accumulated a rather loyal fan-base. So loyal in fact, fans fled to the internet when they got word of the show’s cancellation in 2018.
Fans of the first three seasons will undoubtedly see significant differences in season 4 which is crafted into ten episodes by Lucifer’s new home, Netflix. In case you missed the end of season 3, Lucifer’s (Tom Ellis) showdown with Pierce resulted in Chloe (Lauren German) finally seeing Lucifer’s devil face for the first time.
Fast-forward a month later, Chloe returns to Los Angeles after needing to get away and “process” everything she has seen. At first, everything between Lucifer and Chloe seem fine; however, Chloe has something to hide.
Learning the truth about divinity led Chloe to travel to the Vatican, where she met with a priest by the name, Father Kinley (Graham McTavish). Kinley has been keeping an eye on Lucifer ever since he arrived on Earth while at the same time researching an ancient prophecy that could lead to the end of the world. Kinley enlists Chloe to help him send Lucifer back to Hell by having him drink a sacred liquid.
This is what I enjoyed most about season 4. This time around, the show is not afraid to go a little deeper and darker in the development of both its story and characters. Lucifer certainly received an overhaul in terms of character development in the fourth season.
Once everything was out on the table between Lucifer and Chloe, Lucifer is not as shy about showing off his abilities during cases to catch suspects. This is a welcome addition since these moments were short and few between in earlier seasons. We also get to see more of Lucifer’s devil face this time around and the horrifying effects it has on Chloe.
One of the changes that were given to Lucifer’s character that I loved was his maturity. For far too long in the past, Lucifer has been depicted as childish; acting oblivious to the fact that the world does not revolve around him.
While some of this is still present in some parts of the new season, Netflix used this opportunity to dial back on it. Even though the episode count was cut by more than half this season, many of the characters, old and new, got their time to shine.
Amenadiel (D.B. Woodside) and Linda (Rachel Harris) have several sweet moments together as they reconnect romantically. After the death of Charlotte, Dan (Kevin Alejandro) receives some much-needed redemption after being treated like the show’s “fool.” Ella (Aimee Lopez) battles with her religious faith after Charlotte’s death, which brings her closer to Dan.
Now Netflix has control of Lucifer, that means they can use their unique brand of storytelling and pacing that makes their shows thrive. For the first 4-5 episodes, the traditional Lucifer formula is present. New cases, new problems for Lucifer, wash, rinse, repeat.
But once we learn more of Chloe’s alliance with Father Kinley, the everyday crime fighting starts to take a backseat. Then once we finally see the arrival of Eve (Inbar Lavi) at the beginning of episode 5, the overall narrative jumps in the driver’s seat and stomps the gas.
Without spoiling it too much, the remainder of the season is a series of violent battles between demons and angels alike. As well as a war for Lucifer’s affection as Chloe wishes to change him while Eve accepts him for the devil that he is; forcing Lucifer to make an impossible choice during the final episode that will have fans pulling their hair.
Season 4 of Lucifer is the best thing that has happened to the show after finding it’s new home on Netflix. Divine battles, hilarious sexual puns and a finale that will no doubt have viewers begging for more, Lucifer season 4 is a masterpiece for devoted fans and newcomers alike.