‘Lucifer’ takes a noir detour and it’s a lot of fun.Netflix
Lucifer Season 5 is full to the brim with fantastic character development, with Maze (Lesley-Ann Brandt), Linda (Rachael Harris) and Chloe (Lauren German) getting meaty and thoughtful backstories to sink their teeth into. The series is even more stylish this season, managing to drop in a spectacular noir episode without detouring from the plot completely.
An excellent move
Season 5 is a compelling reminder of why Netflix’s acquisition of the show was so fitting. Pardon the pun, but Lucifer has been able to spread its wings and flourish creatively on the streaming service.
Back when Lucifer was still on Fox, the series was heavily focused on being a run-of-the-mill police procedural drama (with minor supernatural elements). It evolved a bit over its three-season run on the network, but a reliance on the weekly cases often meant that the characters and their personal drama played second fiddle. Lucifer Season 5 is grounded by episodic cases, but the series is no longer as concerned with wrapping them up completely. Instead, the cases come second to the characters, a refreshing change that balances each episode’s overall pacing.
Ultimately, Season 5 takes everything that you already liked about Lucifer and makes it even better.
Lucifer Season 5A comes to Netflix August 21.