O Brother, Where Art Thy Wings?, Lucifer Asks
This is the week we get introduced to a third heavenly sibling, Uriel, and Lucifer tries to get his big brother Amenadiel to fix his problems for him. Unfortunately, he just ends up creating more trouble for himself.
The casting of Michael Imperioli as the enforcer archangel charged with reminding Lucifer about the terms of his deal with Dad is a genius bit: Viewers of a certain age will immediately draw a line between his Uriel and the savage venality of The Sopranos characters, and understand exactly what Lucifer's up against. And the casting makes it no surprise when it turns out that Uriel is not actually working on Dad's orders but has taken a bit of initiative, because he knows if Mom gets back to Heaven, there's a chance of reconciliation and -- for reasons left unsaid -- he can't have that. Anyway, Uriel and Lucifer have it out and it ends badly for Uriel.
Also: this week's death-of-the-week centers on three men who end up terribly manipulated by their sincere love for one woman -- and as a result, one ends up dead, one ends up arrested, and the third ends up driven nearly to murder. Surely it's mere coincidence that of the three angelic offspring Charlotte knows about on Earth, one ends up dead, one ends up committing fratricide, and the third has fallen from grace. We're not getting foreshadowing about Charlotte's real intentions at all...
- "So I was wondering --" -- Ella
"Okay. All right, but we'll need to be discreet about it, since the detective hates when I mix business with pleasure. The bed in there looks a little skanky, but I'm up for it if you are." -- Lucifer
It will be a miracle if Lucifer's tenure at the LAPD does not end with a harassment suit.
- "He rips men's hearts out, wipes out entire villages, never says, 'Thank you' and he's applauded for it." -- Lucifer
After Ella asks why Lucifer adores the corpse-of-the-week's body of kung-fu movies, that's the answer he gives, which points to his bone-deep irritation over how he's regarded by, well, nearly everyone. Despite getting all the best lines in Milton's work, the best song in the Rolling Stone oeuvre and a romantic lead in South Park: Bigger, Longer, Uncut, our Luci's still miffed that he's not the hero in the wider cultural narrative.
- "Remember that Uriel can play with patterns. He can make a butterfly flap its wings and a housewife gets chlamydia." -- Lucifer
And now we have an explanation for the delightful opening sequence -- in which Uriel nudged a skateboard, which a woman tripped over, which caused her to yell at her son, which caused him to slam a door, which caused the dog to run into the street, which caused Chloe to swerve, which caused her car to get slammed into.
And we also have the Mob allusion: What is Uriel doing but the divine version of making book and fixing the fight?
- "Welcome to Devil Time." -- Lucifer, looking vaguely cross-eyed at someone
"What are you doing?" -- Chloe
"Trying a new catchphrase." -- Lucifer
So it turns out that Lucifer and Dan both adore the Wesley Cabot kung-fu movies, and their nerdly enthusiasm is both adorable and entirely inappropriate for a suspect's interrogation. Even if the suspect is the Wesley's ex-wife, who happens to be married to Wesley's professional rival.
- "You were gone for a really long time, Mom. You might not know your children as well as you think you do." -- Amenadiel
The whole I'm-losing-my-wings thing is heartbreaking, but wow, has this plot really let D.B. Woodside do some fine work as someone who's basically going through a delayed adolescence: He is trying to figure out who he is independent of his parents, he doesn't recognize the weird things his body is doing, and he's not sure who he can trust but he yearns not to be so lonely. So watching delayed-teen Amenadiel try to persuade his mother to go quietly, falter when she gives him a bit of motherly affection, then wonder if she's merely manipulating him? It's like watching a teenager ask for the car.
- "Oh, I paid his bail. Even in his woeful, pathetic state, the Weaponizer does no spend one night in jail. Not on my watch!" -- Lucifer
Having the Devil blindly adore your body of cinematic dreck would either be the greatest thing to ever happen to a B-list action star or the worst. Chloe's definitely of the opinion that it's not helping her case.
- "I knew it! 'Fury of God' doesn't usually talk so much. More a man of action." -- Uriel
Hands up, everyone else who cringed through Amenadiel's desperate attempt to bluff like he was at full power and try to persuade Uriel to go home. Uriel's laying out Amenadiel with one punch is hard to watch, but necessary both for establishing this pattern-tweaking angel as smarter than he's given credit for, and for moving the "Amenadiel has a big secret" development forward.
- "Am I simply no longer worthy? It's time that I face the truth, brother. I've...fallen." -- Amenadiel
This is in response to Lucifer asking how Amenadiel lost his powers and Amenadiel reeling off everything from releasing a soul from Hell to sleeping with Maze to hanging out with Lucifer, then concluding, maybe it's not what he did, it's who he is that's inherently unholy. This whole scene is so emotional -- both because Amenadiel's ashamed and because Maze is distraught at how hurt Amenadiel is and furious at Lucifer how he's trying to get other people to bear the consequences of his decisions.
And unfortunately, Lucifer is not as supportive as one might hope. He claims he has to go clean up Amenadiel's mess, and leaves his brother alone. I can't see where this is going to end well.
- "I am keeping my word! You're serving out your sentence here on Earth." -- Lucifer
Charlotte plays Lucifer like a drum here all, "I'll go back to Hell, it's what your Dad wants," and he immediately tantrums that nobody knows what Dad wants, so he may as well do what he wants. Charlotte purrs, "There's my Lightbringer." Mazikeen rolls her eyes at both of them, because as a demon from Hell, she can stomach a lot of things, but a manchild with both daddy AND mommy issues is not one of them. (Me, I'm hoping that Lucifer's well aware of his mother's ability to manipulate a situation, and he's actually thinking ten moves ahead in a cosmic chess game.)
- "That's Azrael's blade. How do you have it?" -- Lucifer
"I borrowed it off the Angel of Death when she wasn't looking." -- Uriel
I don't know about you, but an Angel of Death who is insufficiently attentive to detail is not the one I'd want collecting anyone's souls. Although, well done writers for laying the groundwork for future plotlines where Azrael swings around looking for someone-or-other whose soul she mislaid.
- "I didn't see that coming." -- Uriel
Well, it was predictable -- the pattern-maker gloats, he's taken down by unpredictability -- but it's still a significant event, because now that Lucifer has killed his brother with his sister's blade, that's probably going to have repercussions. It is to his mum's credit that even as he comes with news that he's killed another of her children, she moves to comfort him in his distress. Or is it a manipulation? We'll have to see who, if any of the heavenly host, are genuine in their intentions and actions.