I’ve never made it a secret that I was raised in the Christian faith, though “raised in” is a bit loose for what I really was. I regularly attended church with my grandma while my grandpa was decidedly less-than-Christian with me at home. ‘Nuf said about that I think.
Seriously, I believe in God. I can’t say that I understand him or that I am a consistent follower, but I believe in him and try to make my life choices such that I don’t piss him off. (See the Old Testament for examples of God’s state of pisseration. We do NOT want to go there!) Of course if God were threatened by every television show or film which dissed him I think there’d be a whole lot more plagues going on. Just saying. Hey, I never said I was good Christian.
So all of that was the lead-in to this: I ADORE the new Fox television show Lucifer!
Briefly, Tom Ellis plays Lucifer Morningstar or The Devil. He’s grown bored with being the Lord of Hell and has taken a vacation to – where else? – Los Angeles, where he owns a night club. He’s charming, incorrigible, and hard to resist. In fact he’s completely irresistible to everyone except Chloe Decker, a female cop. Her ability to ignore him fascinates him. At one point he asks her, “Did my father send you?”
It’s a police procedural slash buddy show which is already rumored to have been cancelled. In addition, there is apparently a lot of controversy about the show trying to paint Lucifer as a misunderstood but basically good guy. I didn’t do a lot of research on this but just skimming Google results shows that there are many groups out there who think Lucifer is evidence of how low humanity has sunk. Some say it mocks the bible. Petitions were begun last year following Fox’s announcement of the show; no one had even seen it yet. Talk about overreacting.
Coming from a semi-religious background I can sort of see why people of faith might be put off by the show. But come on people, grow a sense of humor would you? It’s supposed to be entertainment, not doctrine. And it’s based on a comic book character, NOT the devil depicted in the bible.
I can understand if they cancel it based on the fact that it’s on the predictable side, not to mention the whole “cop show with a twist” idea hasn’t been too successful of late. But it’s funny and clever and if it goes away I’ll miss it. At least till the next funny and clever show comes along.