Among the many characters co-created by Neil Gaiman that have been adapted for television, the fallen angel Lucifer has, without question, become one of the most popular, due in no small part to the popularity of the fantasy police-procedural drama that formerly aired on Fox. After a brief period in which the show appeared to have been canceled, it was revived by Netflix thanks to a passionate and vocal fanbase. It’s a good thing too, because the show was about to see drastic changes.
The fourth season of the show is slated to arrive this year, and in anticipation of the Devil’s return, however, we run down everything you need to know about the show. Whether you’re a long-time fan who needs a refresher course, or a newcomer trying to understand what the excitement over Lucifer is all about, we’ve got you covered.
WHY NBC CANCELED LUCIFER — AND WHY NETFLIX SAVED IT
The summer of 2018 saw the cancellation of a number of shows, many of which had aired on Fox, including The Last Man on Earth, Brooklyn Nine-Nine and, of course, Lucifer. At the time, it seemed unreasonable since those shows, especially Lucifer, had enjoyed consistently positive reviews over the course of each season. However, as chairman and CEO of Fox Television Group Dana Walden stated several months later, the numbers just did not work for Fox. “We looked at the size of the audience, which was starting to get pretty narrow,” Walden explained. “We just made a determination that given… it was owned by an outside studio, at the time we couldn’t justify the economics.”
However, after Brooklyn Nine-Nine was revived just a little over a day after being canceled, fans were motivated to show networks how popular Lucifer was, and to prove that it was worth saving. Fans all over the world participated in the #SaveLucifer campaign on Twitter.
Results didn’t arrive as immediately as they had for Brooklyn Nine-Nine, but the campaign ultimately worked and the show was picked up by Netflix a month after Fox’s cancellation. According to Netflix vice president Cindy Holland, Lucifer “really resonated with audiences in parts of the world where we licensed it, so we felt it was important to help that show continue for those fans.”
WHERE SEASON 3 LEFT OFF…
If it weren’t for the reaction from fans, Lucifer might have ended just as it reached the verge of major change. Putting the two bonus episodes aside, the third season ended with an explosive conclusion to the overarching plot involving Cain, whom Lucifer spent half the season trying to kill, partly as a favor.
Over the course of the third season, Marcus Pierce (Cain’s “human” identity) fell in love with Chloe Decker, whom he believed to be the key to mortality. However, soon after achieving mortality, he realized he actually feared death. The only way to escape it was to become immortal (again), and part of that meant ensuring Lucifer stopped pursuing ways to kill him and stop hunting him. After his plot to frame Lucifer for the death of Amenadiel failed, miserably, Pierce ultimately resolved to trap Decker and the Devil together, ensuring Lucifer was at his most vulnerable.
In the final moments of “A Devil of My Word” (directed by Eagle Egilsson), Lucifer — enraged by Pierce’s attempt on Decker’s life — embraced his view of himself as the Devil, causing his demonic face to return. Just as that happened, Decker arrived on the scene, and finally saw the truth in everything Lucifer had been trying to tell her for years. Everything he said about his father being God, about Heaven and Hell, and about his life as the Devil, was true. Things between Lucifer and the detective will never be the same again.
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