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I’m one of the million fans that were glad about Netflix’s taking over of an overly endearing series called Lucifer. This was after Fox cancelled the show after its third season when fans raged disappointments over social media using the hashtag campaign #SaveLucifer. The hashtag garnered 3.64 million tweets and 5.63 million RTs collectively around the globe that made Netflix decided to raise again the Devil himself.
How can one not like the series unless you’re a grown-up grounded, devoted believer of mainstream Christianity? In that case “where’s the fun in that?” as the devil himself quote (insert Lucifer’s grin). The world is definitely changing yet, over the centuries, human minds are still interested in unravelling stories about celestial beings as the likes of the fall of Lucifer and its league of rebel angels from heaven. That what makes this series interesting for vast majority of viewers; because it is innate in us.
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Also for viewers like me, I can say that there is a good and deeper meaning at the heart of the show. For one, the truth about consummation of human selfish desire which causes true evil. The show also interestingly defy mainstream Christianity beliefs about God, the devil and how the world begun. This added a certain controversy at the mystery of creation in the book of Genesis where it says, “In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth,” and the persuasion that happened to Eve in the Garden of Eden leading to the original sin – disobedience.
So before we continue with the show itself, we can try to have a bit of an overview of what happened in eternity realm back there when none of us existed yet and before the devil walked the earth. This is all in Biblical perspective and somehow will help us to dig in this awesome series.
To begin, there is no much account about Lucifer’s fall and other Archangels written in manuscript other than Ezekiel and Revelation. In Ezekiel chapter 28 verses 1 to 19 – talked about two entities. The king of Lyre and Lucifer himself. The King of Lyre which covers verses 1-10 was a man who thought of himself as god in terms of treasure and wisdom and was overly impressed about his kingship. God was not pleased, so He punished him.
“Therefore this is what the Sovereign LORD says: “‘because you think you are wise, as wise as a god, I am going to bring foreigners against you, the most ruthless of nations; they will draw their swords against your beauty and wisdom and pierce your shining splendour. They will bring you down to the pit, and you will die a violent death in the heart of the seas.”
Proceeding verses talked about Lucifer in all his glory as the highest ranked Archangel God created, sealed of perfection, full of wisdom and perfect in beauty. Was adorned with precious stones the world was ever known. He was the Morningstar, the light-bringer walking in the path of gold. However, Lucifer became too proud of his beauty, intelligence, power and position that he would like to overthrown God. So, God was not pleased and He punished him.
”Through your widespread trade you were filled with violence, and you sinned. So I drove you in disgrace from the mount of God, and I expelled you, guardian cherub, from among the fiery stones. Your heart became proud on account of your beauty, and you corrupted your wisdom because of your splendour. So I threw you to the earth; I made a spectacle of you before kings.”
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The story implies two different persona with same fate, they were punished. Some bible scholars claimed the whole verses from 1 to 19 was all about Lucifer, because he was also the manipulating ruler of Lyre in all its evil doings. On the other hand, some believed that there is no Lucifer but only Man and that Lucifer is only a representation of our deep desires to do evil which means that regardless of Lucifer’s existence, evil happens.
It’s a bit hard to think of what motive does Lucifer have why he conspired to build his own throne above God’s. Sadly, the Bible only provided us insight of the goal to overthrown God, yet what drove the desire is unclear. It only says that Lucifer was too impressed with his position and the rest was a blank page to fill which led to a mind boggling exploration of the real story in Lucifer’s perspective.
Now, the backbone of the show Lucifer was based on DC comics. Yes, you read it right. He is in pantheon of DC superheroes like Superman and Batman. In the comics, Lucifer’s name in heaven was Samael and after he was cast out, he worked his way to create his own realm where God has no control of. In doing so, he killed his brother Archangel Michael (he revived him later) to acquire immense power. After the realm was created, he gave life to his own Adam and Eve and his instruction to his humans was summarize as: “worship no one, not even me.”
This somehow gave meaning to Lucifer’s motive. His idea is to build a world where people don’t need to bow to anyone. Where they are subjected only to their desires and not to be punished just because they fulfill them. The same way he wouldn’t want to be subjected to any rules and dominion of the Sovereign. It then explains his persuasion with Eve to follow her desire and eat the forbidden fruit. Thus, we can say that the challenger of the throne has his reason, fellas.
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Interesting painting of Lucifer’s downfall. A closer look at him shows anger and pain.
So, going back to the story, what happened after the punishment? A raging war. Yes, the one that you might want to spend money for if a movie will be released about it. Imagine a celestial war in Eternal realm of heaven. Cool.
We can jump in the book of revelation to account. Lucifer gathered 1/3 of heaven to rage a coup d’état against the Sovereign. This is where Archangel Michael came into scene as the battle-cry of good angels. Lucifer transformed into a fury Dragon at this time but still lost because he was not strong enough. Unfortunately he lost his position.
“Then war broke out in heaven. Michael and his angels fought against the dragon, and the dragon and his angels fought back. But he was not strong enough, and they lost their place in heaven. The great dragon was hurled down—that ancient serpent called the devil, or Satan, who leads the whole world astray. He was hurled to the earth, and his angels with him.”
The confusing part in this account is whether it already happened or will happen at the end times because the book of revelation is purely prophecy of what is going to happen next. This was revealed to Apostle John in Patmos during exile. But regardless of the timeline, we have been neglected of the real story in Lucifer’s perspective. Other than Lucifer being Satan (adversary) roaming around the world to devour children of God, we didn’t know much more than that.
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That is why whenever a TV show or movie depicting Lucifer was televised, we can tell that it is making its way to trend list. It is either people like the idea of horror or just curious about a day of a blood-lust Devil.
During the 15th and 16th century artists have depicted the devil as a fanged, horned demon. The one who like to kill people and cause their life’s misery. The creator of holocaust and world’s most horrible crimes to date. It took a while but, good thing, it seems like everything is changing.
In 2016, a catalyst series started. Titled after the Morningstar himself, Lucifer. Starred by a welsh actor Tom Ellis. Biblical qualities, checked. Actor Tom Ellis have it all. Beauty, intelligence, talent, a highly anticipated bum, chiselled physique and well, his ten inch accent (refer to his thirst tweet video where he said that Benedict Cumberbatch has a ten-inch accent.)
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Who would have thought that the rebel angel was lurking around the city enjoying living with humans? This depressed, alcoholic Creep-singing Lord of Hell took his vacation from being the tormentor down below. And what better place to start character-building kind of adventure than Los Angeles where all kinds of worldly pleasures can be found. Name it sex, drugs and non-ending lusty parties.
In contrary to Bible story he is not being tormented, he himself is the tormentor. Lucifer in the show was hailed as the Lord of hell as his punishment from God, his Father. His main calling is to secure the gates of hell and torment bad people. Expectedly as a rebel, he grew tired and resigned forcibly from his position and took a vacation which God forbids. This creates more confusing paternal relationship perils and added curiosity to the entire show.
Lucifer hates evil. He even hates being linked to heinous crimes against humanity. All he wanted is to let humans fulfill their desires but not to the extent of killing or harming people. And whenever he caught someone doing evil, his character as the tormentor is being revealed which he despises because he don’t want to be a sin-eater. He believe that it is human’s choices that could make the world worst and not him contrary to ancient beliefs.
The series shows how Lucifer struggled to identify who he really was. His battle to be good or evil being part angel and part demon. He journeyed his way to know himself more by the help of his therapist Dr. Linda Martin played by actress Rachael Harris and by applying as a LAPD (Los Angeles Police District) Consultant. His partner investigator, who happens to be his love interest in the show Chloe Decker was played by actress Lauren German. In short, he left hell to solve crimes in LA and discover himself more.
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One word to describe the show is hilarious. The way Lucifer deals with his own issues while resolving crimes in L.A is hell legitimate. Just the way how the devil works. Tom Ellis action is appealing in every way and his natural cheeky brought life to an impudent or irreverent Lucifer in an endearing or amusing way. He doesn’t even need a script to be Lucifer.
Crimes being solved in every episodes also added fun and excitement. It gives a Detective Conan or Sherlock Holmes vibes while watching.
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Going back to the biblical perspective of Lucifer’s fall gave us the impression that man and Lucifer are similarly can be punished. But the cause is not the devil himself but our choice of action. In connection to the show, whoever Lucifer is, good or bad, evil happens.
And who really can tell who really Lucifer is? The show is there to prove that pure evil does not exist because even the Devil battles to be righteous just as human does.
The show is amazing and interesting to watch. Curiosity is always being triggered and every episode is highly anticipated. I definitely encourage everyone to be a Luciferian. In addition, I like the version of Lucifer for the song Creep by Radiohead. The Devil can sing! That’s in season 4 episode 10 and I am looking forward for more in season 5 with additional characters to keep the show rock-and-roll.
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