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[TV Review] ‘Lucifer’ Episode 1.03 – “The Would-Be Prince of Darkness”

I’ve said it once and I’ll say it again: Tom Ellis is the saving grace of this show.  If it weren’t for Ellis’ vibrant charm and his chemistry with Lauren German, there’s a good chance that “Lucifer” would be insufferably forgettable.  Another week, another typical procedural case.  This time it’s the old “pure-hearted celebrity accused of murder” routine and the outcome isn’t shocking in the slightest.

On the bright side, like the appearances of Jon Pankow and Jeremy Davies before him, it was nice to see character actor Richard T. Jones pop up.  As our guest of the week, he appears as said celebrity’s ever-loyal talent agent.  There’s always a 50/50 chance that any such recognizable guest is the true culprit beyond whatever nefarious deeds have been done.  Was Jones guilty of this week’s murder most foul?  You’ll have to see for yourself, although you probably already know the answer.

Much like the last two weeks, the show is at its best when doing its own thing in between investigative scenes and not trying to be Law & Order: Biblical Punishment Unit.  Next week appears to be bringing in the age old “super-powered being is human for a day” tale.  Normally I might complain about the overuse of such a story in regards to comic book characters, but it will be a welcome change of pace for this series.  Anything outside the detective procedural norm is welcome at this point, even if said divergence involves a different set of cliches.  I can only hope that it becomes a more personal episode for Lucifer and Chloe.  I can only take so much smarmy bickering in the middle of crime scenes and questioning sessions.

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