Lucifer: Orange is the New Maze

"Anyway, point is that feelings and humans suck."

Way back in Season One, I made an off-handed comment about how the police hunting down a killer Maze would make a fun story. I was right. Like Lucifer in a mental hospital or facing down a Satanic cult, this was one of those things that the writers just had to do at some point.

Maze has been in a downward spiral for awhile now, and I was growing rather annoyed at her. This episode went a long, long way towards winning me back to her side. Maze just wanted to be put first. She just wanted someone to consider her thoughts and feelings, and to care about them, and to put them first before anyone else. It's an incredibly sympathetic desire, and it got to me. Gold acting stars to both Tom Ellis and Lesley-Ann Brandt for their conversation at Lux. I was in tears by the time Maze said that she was only a consolation prize.

She was in the perfect emotional place to be manipulated by Pierce into joining his side. We got two very, very different Pierces this episode, and I liked one much more than the other. For the majority of the episode, we had a rather cute, rather soft Pierce that looked very happy to have this new relationship, if a little insecure. It was all a lie, of course. Or at least mostly a lie. There were a few red flags that popped up, even before that final scene with Maze.

One of the most obvious might have been the "I'd just get rid of the cat," line. I wish that we had gotten a chance to see Dan's reaction to that, because that just seems like such a non-normal thing to say, especially when you consider that the cat in question isn't actually a cat, but a person. Of course, there was also the whole scene involving Chloe's bullet necklace.

It was almost a relief when Pierce dropped the act around Maze, and the unambiguously manipulative and Big Bad-ness of the scene might have been one of my favorite bits of acting from Tom Welling. I just didn't buy that other innocent Pierce, and this version looks like it'll be much more fun. I just hope that Chloe doesn't get strung along for much longer. I want nothing more than for her to just be happy, and to make active, informed decisions in her life.

Like Charlotte Richards can do now that she knows the truth about her missing time! (Do you see where I'm going with this yet?) I'm really enjoying the direction that they've taken her character in these past two episodes. The look on her face when she realized that she wasn't crazy was just so happy and hopeful. Linda was wrong, this time. Telling Charlotte the truth was the right thing to do. (Do you see where I'm going with this yet?) I'm curious to see what's going to happen to her next. Linda being brought into the supernatural fold gave everyone a place where they could speak fully and openly about their celestial issues. What will a lawyer do?

Random Thoughts

Lucifer will be back in three weeks.

I really thought that "Sebastian Corp" was going to be a reoccurring thing, and was about to be very annoyed that it wasn't introduced sooner. But nope! They were a one-off.

Was Lucifer pouring Maze a drink a callback to earlier in their relationship when Maze was a bartender and all she wanted was for Lucifer to pour her a drink? Or am I overthinking this?

The whole Chloe/Pierce relationship has to be awkward for Dan too. Yes, he's (kind of) with Charlotte now, but he still didn't necessarily look entirely comfortable with the idea of Chloe and Pierce dating.

Chloe and Lucifer were in sync twice this episode. That was fun.

Quotes:

Charlotte: I was hoping that you could clear things up with one, simple question. What's my husband's name
Amenadiel: God....frey. Godfrey.

Ella: Ugh. I hate beach murders. So mean. Just let people swim.

Chloe: You told her to blow off steam?
Lucifer: Well, I was really hoping that she would choose Catalina.

Dan: It's like... you fall in love with a woman who has a cat. What do you do? You accept the cat, because she's worth it. Lucifer is the cat.
Pierce: I'd just get rid of the cat.


This was a very fun episode that still managed to emotionally affect me.
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An Honest Fangirl loves superheroes, science fiction, fantasy, and really bad horror movies. And sometimes she writes about them.

2 comments:

Billie Doux said...

I absolutely didn't ever believe Pierce had turned over a new leaf, so it was great to see that reveal at the end. You don't get rid of the cat! It was also really nice to see Lucifer and Chloe on the same page and even snickering together again. It feels like I've been waiting all season for them to get back to this point.

Loved the wing reveal. But I wanted it to be Chloe, not Charlotte.

Demi said...

Charlotte's reveal was nice. It was good to see a big secret reveal have a positive effect for a change. I'm looking forward to seeing how she deals with Lucifer in future episodes considering her time in hell and her goal not to back.

Pierce's act with Chloe didn’t fooled me for a second. It's a complete opposite of how he was when he first arrived and how he’s acted all season. A gentler kinder Pierce? No chance. As soon as I saw him at the bus stop I guessed what he would try, and I wasn't disappointed. The big bad acting bad, it's always good to see. I especially liked the little bus sign effect after his promise, foreshadowing his inevitable betrayal of Maze.

Poor, poor Maze. My comment on the previous episode about the reason behind Maze’s implosion was way off. I’m happy I was wrong because this is much better. When she said at Lux, “emotions suck” it made me feel for her. And then her speech about never being put first, it rang true for Linda, Lucifer, and Amenadiel, but not for Chloe or Ella. The only two left who don’t know Lucifer really is the Devil, apart from Dan whose character could easily be replaced by a host of other small time characters. Chloe’s ex, another cop in the precinct who works for Chloe, a lab technician bringing test results, etc.