Lucifer: The Last Heartbreak

"You and I are partners, Detective, and nothing came come between that."
"Prepare yourselves, people."

Well, Pierce did warn us. We're heading towards the last stretch of the season, and pieces are beginning to fall into place. I'm not sure how much I like all of the pieces, but they're falling!

Maze first, because she's the one that's making me the most nervous. It's like a train wreck. I want to look away as she completely implodes and destroys everything around her, but I can't. At this point, I think that the only tie that she hasn't cut yet is her bond with Lucifer. (They really haven't interacted at all this season, have they?)

What's the end game here? This season began with her being happy with her lot in life. She gave up a possibly happy ending with her bounty hunter target in "Mr. and Mrs. Mazikeen Smith" because she already had a home. Was Linda and Amenadiel's nonstarter of a relationship really enough to shatter that? I don't want that to be the case. I've loved watching her progression and growing humanity, especially in regards to the relationship between her and Trixie. The trailer for the next episode is making me really nervous.

Let's take a quick moment to talk about the equally quick Amenadiel/Charlotte subplot. I definitely was not expecting Charlotte to learn the truth about what happened with her missing time. Am I annoyed that she learned the truth before Chloe did? Absolutely. I am very, very annoyed. But I have to give a show props when it manages to genuinely surprise me. I like this evolution to Charlotte's character, and I'm interested to see how that will affect her going forward.

Okay, onto the meat of the episode: Chloe and Pierce's growing relationship and Lucifer's insecurity in the face of it. Of course, this mirrored the Broken Hearts case perfectly with the roles that everyone took on during the undercover operation. (I love this show, but subtlety, thine name is not Lucifer.)

While Lucifer annoyed me for most of the episode, my opinion started to turn around once he sat down and talked to Dan about how he moved on from the jealousy involving Chloe and Lucifer's new partnership. It was a very smart conversation to have, considering the similarities, and I'm glad that Lucifer actually took Dan's advice in the way that it was meant to be taken. Lucifer's final realization that Chloe could and was allowed to have multiple relationships in her life felt like an important step forward in his development as a character.

Although I was screaming at him to stay for a cup of coffee as opposed to going off to the bachelorette party. Chloe obviously wanted him to stay, and it was only after he left (and shut the door quite rudely in her face, I might add) that she called Pierce to schedule a dinner date after she already told him that them dating would be a bad idea. I just wish that the Powers That Be hadn't shown their hand quite so early that Pierce had a nefarious, ulterior motive to wanting to be with Chloe. This episode seemed to really put in the groundwork to show that maybe Pierce was genuinely trying to live his life as opposed to wallowing in his curse. I know that I and everyone else in the comments guessed last episode that Pierce had some plan involving Chloe, but still. This is one of the few things that I would have appreciated seeing dragged out a little bit more.

One final thought: I feel like Pierce is falling into the same trap that Charlotte did last season. Charlotte started off as this complicated, morally ambiguous figure that slowly grew more and more overtly evil in the back third of the season because... I don't know? We needed a Big Bad? While I think that the writing for Pierce/Cain hasn't been nearly as strong, the writers routinely undermine attempts at moral grayness or nuance. This might be a reoccurring weakness of the writers.

Random Thoughts

Oh yeah, remember how Dan killed a guy last season? Do you think that he's actually going to face consequences for that?

The case actually tricked me with regards to who the killer would be. I thought for sure that it was Pastrami guy.

But seriously, can we please just clue Chloe in already? If it doesn't happen by the finale, expect a very long rant from me.

I'm not sure if the 1950s flashbacks did anything for me. They weren't bad. They were just... there.

Did I miss the episode title this time around?

Quotes:

Lucifer: Ah, I know that look. Either they have new sandwiches in the vending machine, or you have a lead.

Dan: Seriously, what were you thinking letting a drunken rocker sleep in Trixie's bed?
Maze: I was thinking that he was too drunk to make it up the stairs to Chloe's bed.

Lucifer: The chemistry there is just a flash in the pan.
Ella: Exactly. A completely hot flash in the pan.

Pierce: I'm sorry if I upset you. I didn't think you two were a thing.
Lucifer: We're not a thing. We're partners.
Pierce: Well, if that's all it is, then you have nothing to worry about, do you?
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An Honest Fangirl loves superheroes, science fiction, fantasy, and really bad horror movies. And sometimes she writes about them.

1 comment:

Demi said...

Maze's implosion does seem to be building to something epic. Part of me thinks it's the writers either giving reason for Lesley-ann Brandt to me missing from season 4 completely or just for the beginning as she was in season 3. But mostly I think it's so she can have a major character growth moment. If a demon can learn to forgive, can't any of us do the same? I'm hoping it's the latter and I'm also hoping it's for a much less lame idea than mine.

Lucifer and Chloe's relationship is no closer to being realised than it was at the beginning of the season. They get close, Lucifer pushes them apart. They're apart Lucifer wants to get close. Rinse and repeat. At this point the only way Chloe is going to find out is by mistake. My money is on her walking in on Lucifer either with his wings out or after he's gotten his Devil face back. It's a crappy way for her to find out but at least we can then get on with the next stage of their relationship and move the show forward. I just hope it doesn't ruin the whole dynamic like it did in Castle. Chloe finding out may not be everything we hope for.

It was the tour guide, Niel, who had the episode title during the segway scene down the alley.