10 Harsh Realities Of Rewatching Lucifer 8 Years After It Premiered


  • Lucifer
    premiered in 2016, and it ended just three years ago — but there are still some harsh realities that come up rewatching it.
  • The supernatural series doesn’t do all of its characters or storylines justice, and this is obvious upon a rewatch.
  • Lucifer
    ‘s ending has a more definitive feeling a second time around, and it’s clear why it’s so controversial.

It’s hard to believe that the supernatural hit Lucifer premiered eight years ago, but there are some harsh realities about the Tom Ellis-led show that come up upon a rewatch. Lucifer started out as a supernatural detective series, but it underwent many changes after its 2016 debut. This was probably inevitable with Lucifer surviving two cancelations, one of which caused the show to move from Fox to Netflix in the middle of its run. Many of these changes were positive, but the first half of Lucifer‘s six seasons are noticeably different from the latter outings.

Like any TV show, Lucifer also contains a few underwhelming developments and storylines that haven’t aged well. While the show is still beloved among its dedicated fan base, a rewatch makes these more difficult to swallow. It also serves as a reminder of the fact that Lucifer isn’t getting a season 7, a harsh reality in its own right. While these things may have been noticeable while the show was airing, they’re even more obvious now that it’s been over for a few years.

seasons 1-6 are currently streaming on Netflix.

10 Lucifer Doesn’t Do All Of Its Storylines Justice

The Show Doesn’t Adequately Resolve Some Plot Points

Lucifer spans 93 episodes and six seasons, and like many other TV shows, its lengthy run doesn’t do all of its storylines justice. Certain subplots fall to the wayside as Lucifer continues, and others don’t get the satisfying resolution they deserve. Trixie’s character is essentially forgotten about during the later seasons of the show, which don’t give her a proper conclusion at all. Even storylines that do get resolved, like Lucifer’s relationship with God, don’t always receive the weight or attention they deserve.

9 Lucifer Sometimes Feels Like 2 Different TV Shows

This Is Likely Due To Its Move From Fox To Netflix

Tom Ellis on Lucifer

This is likely due to its jump from Fox to Netflix, but Lucifer feels like two different shows when comparing the early seasons to the later ones. The first three outings have an overarching story, but they go off on tangents, following Chloe and Lucifer as they solve cases for the LAPD. The later seasons of Lucifer don’t focus as much on this element of the show, speeding up the pacing and putting more weight on the supernatural storylines. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing, but it makes the series feel a bit disjointed. Lucifer also feels more lighthearted at the beginning, while the end takes on a serious tone.

8 Some Of Lucifer’s Early Filler Episodes Are Difficult To Get Through

Its Episodic Format Is Hit Or Miss

Chloe and Lucifer in Lucifer

Lucifer‘s first three seasons are lengthy and take on a procedural format, so there are plenty of filler episodes in between the more plot-focused ones. Many of these are entertaining and help to establish Lucifer and Chloe’s relationship with one another. However, there are a few filler episodes that drag, making them difficult to get through. This is more noticeable upon a rewatch, as anyone who’s seen Lucifer will know what happens — and that it won’t contribute much to the overarching plot.

7 Chloe & Lucifer’s Will-They, Won’t-They Romance Gets Frustrating At Times

The Show Finds Ridiculous Reasons To Keep Them Apart

Lucifer and Chloe’s romantic relationship is one of the biggest appeals of Lucifer, but their will-they, won’t-they dynamic does get frustrating at times. That’s inevitable for a show that stretches this type of storyline over multiple seasons. While there’s no denying the chemistry between Ellis and Lauren German, some of the storylines keeping their characters apart are downright silly. Lucifer’s marriage to Candy is ridiculous, and Chloe betraying Lucifer feels like a forced addition to the series. It’s a relief when they finally admit their feelings for one another, but it takes way too long to get there.

6 The Show’s Early-Season Effects Didn’t Age That Well

This Is More Noticeable After Watching Netflix’s Seasons

Lucifer isn’t that old of a TV series, but its early-season effects don’t hold up eight years after its premiere. It’s likely the show didn’t have a high CGI budget when it was on network television, and it shows in things like Lucifer’s wings and his “devil face.” This improves during the show’s later outings, but that just makes the early-season issues more noticeable upon a rewatch. Fortunately, the familiar characters and storylines make it easier to overlook the issue.

5 Linda Martin Would Be A Terrible Therapist In Real Life

Lucifer’s Therapist Has No Professional Boundaries

Linda Martin wearing a green shirt and glasses in her office in Lucifer

Lucifer’s therapy sessions with Dr. Linda are a continuous part of Lucifer, but one of the show’s harshest realities is that Linda would be a terrible therapist in real life. For one, Linda entertains Lucifer’s insistence that he’s the devil — and while it turns out to be the truth, this may not have been a great approach for anyone else. Additionally, Linda throws all professional boundaries to the wind, spending time with Lucifer and Maze outside of therapy and becoming completely immersed in their inner circle.

4 God Was Underwhelming After All Of Lucifer’s Build-Up

The Lead’s Father Wasn’t What He Described

Lucifer season 5 Chloe God

Lucifer‘s central premise stems from his rocky relationship with God, but the titular character’s father is underwhelming when he finally makes an entrance. While Dennis Haysbert puts on a good performance, his version of God doesn’t come off as manipulative or powerful as promised. Given Lucifer’s feelings towards his father — and the fact that God has no issue using his kids as pawns — the show probably should have shown a darker side to Haysbert’s character. Additionally, God’s departure is as underwhelming as his introduction.

3 Chloe Decker’s Character Arc Suffers As The Show Goes On

She’s Often Used To Prop Up Lucifer’s Storyline

Chloe in a bar in the series Lucifer

Chloe is the secondary lead of Lucifer, but her character arc dips in places, suffering as the series continues. Lucifer introduces Chloe as a smart, strong-willed detective who isn’t afraid to stand up to Ellis’ devil. While these elements of her character never change, the show hurts Chloe’s character arc by making it all about Lucifer. The writers often use her as a plot device to further his own character growth, and this results in them disregarding hers. It’s hard not to feel disappointed in this during a rewatch, especially since Chloe starts off with so much potential.

2 Lucifer’s Ending Is Divisive For A Good Reason

Season 6 Has Some Pretty Big Flaws

Lucifer season 6 brings the show to a divisive conclusion, and a harsh reality about the series is that its ending is controversial for a reason. Although there’s a lot to love about the sixth outing, there’s no denying that it gets way more serious than expected — and fails to give Lucifer and Chloe the resolution most hoped for. Rory’s time-travel storyline is full of plot holes, and Lucifer winds up back where his father put him. While becoming Hell’s therapist is a fitting conclusion for Ellis’ character, it’s somewhat disappointing when one realizes that Chloe and Lucifer give the latter’s manipulative father what he wants.

1 There’s No Good Way To Continue Lucifer & Chloe’s Story

A Sequel Or Spinoff Probably Isn’t Possible

Lucifer and Chloe in Series Finale

Perhaps the harshest reality about Lucifer is that season 6 gives the series a definitive conclusion. After rewatching the finale, it’s obvious that there’s no good way to continue Lucifer and Chloe’s story, which means it’s probably over for good. Lucifer and Chloe spend years away from one another, which won’t make for an interesting sequel or spinoff story. And while their time together in Hell could be entertaining, it’s hard to see how a related series could work if all the other Lucifer characters are absent.

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Lucifer is a Comedy/Drama and Mystery series developed by Tom Kapinos and starring Tom Ellis, Kevin Alejandro, D. B. Woodside, and Lauren German. The premise follows the Devil, Lucifer Morningstar, as he abandons his Kingdom of Hell and instead moves to Los Angeles to run a club called Lux.

Tom Ellis , Kevin Rankin , Lesley-Ann Brandt , Rachael Harris , D.B. Woodside , Kevin Alejandro , Lauren German , Scarlett Estevez

Release Date
January 25, 2016


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