Lucifer: The Complete Fourth Season
The season opens with a morose Lucifer, depressed after Chloe saw his real face (at the end of the third season, when he rescued her from assault-rifle attack). She’s bolted, on vacation for a month, so he mopes around, which allows us all a reminder of the key characters and their struggles as they check in on him.
Tom Ellis (Lucifer) is as attractive as ever, and Lauren German (Detective Chloe Decker) has grown on me, although Aimee Garcia (Ella Lopez, forensics) and Rachael Harris (Dr. Linda Martin, the devil’s therapist) are more entertaining to watch.
Lucifer is convinced Chloe won’t accept him, now that she knows his real self, so the season deals with that question — whether or not he accepts himself, and how others feel about him — complicated by a priest (Graham McTavish) trying to enlist the detective to force the fallen angel to return to Hell. Meanwhile, Ella is having a crisis of faith, while Linda is pregnant by Lucifer’s brother, the angel Amenadiel (D.B. Woodside). He’s trying to rebuild his relationship with Decker’s ex-husband, Dan (Kevin Alejandro), who blames Amenadiel for the death of Charlotte, while Maze (Lesley-Ann Brandt) tries to be supportive of Linda while getting over her jealousy.
Then Eve (Inbar Lavi), Lucifer’s ex, appears, to shake up most of these relationships. The cases are typically Californian, with one happening on a reality show, another with artisan honey producers, and a third involving expensive classic cars. Because this season was made for a subscription service, there’s more nudity, with several scenes of Ellis’ naked butt, including the case where they go to a nudist camp. I also forgot about the fun dance sequence that opens the last episode, which makes for a real mood change, given the melancholy feeling of the ending.
This box set is minimal, with all ten episodes, plus a handful of deleted scenes. (It adds up to under eight hours, so it can be binged in a day or two.) Perhaps to distinguish the different sources, the cover art is noticeably different from the previous sets, which were black and moody. This light cover looks a lot cheaper, unfortunately.
Lucifer is based on a character created by Neil Gaiman, Sam Kieth, and Mike Dringenberg for Vertigo Comics. The show will return in August with the first half of a 16-episode season five. Season six (date TBD, since they haven’t been able to start production) will be its last.