“There is something in us, as storytellers and as listeners to stories, that demands the redemptive act, that demands that what falls at least be offered the chance to be restored. The reader of today looks for this motion, and rightly so, but what he has forgotten is the cost of it. His sense of evil is diluted or lacking altogether, and so he has forgotten the price of restoration. When he reads a novel, he wants either his sense tormented or his spirits raised. He wants to be transported, instantly, either to mock damnation or a mock innocence.” ~Flannery O’Connor,
Television’s Black Friday of Cruel Cancellations of television shows was horrific for anyone working on those shows. People lost their jobs, which is to be expected in the entertainment industry but probably never so familiar that the virtual pink slip they receive is welcomed with open arms.
Perhaps the most cruelest cancellation was of “Lucifer”. While everyone on the show happens to be of the beautifully, sexiest variety of human beings, the show is far deeper than the flesh and bones of it.
Our planet’s people are in desperate times, angry, murderous, interpreting their own God’s writings to serve their selfish and self-centered ways, radicalizing their religion or their beliefs, or their political and societal beliefs, or worst and most dangerous of all, their perceptions of just about any experience, personal or otherwise.
What Lucifer, Amenadiel, and Mazikeen represent are all of us: there’s a bit of Luci in all of us, some have more Luci in them than others, and yet, we all have a desire to change, to be better, to have something pull us away from the depths of hell. Amenadiel is in all of us, too. Who doesn’t want to be the favorite, please his father, make his parents proud, and hope to effortlessly exude goodness and see goodness in everyone? And finally, Mazikeen, ah, Mazikeen. She is also in all of us. She’s altogether bad-ass, a strong woman (albeit, female demon), who learns that she’s vulnerable, angry, has feelings but doesn’t know how to show them, and has more human in her than she ever thought possible.
The heart of the show is seeing the self-discovery path we as humans are on, including faith, change, vulnerabilities, love, sorrow, courage, a desire to be good, and in some of the funniest parts, an “I-can’t-help-my-badass-self, so I’m going to be bad and not regret it.” And the kicker of it all: we don’t regret it, and the people who love us still love us anyway.
The heart of “Lucifer” is all of the surface story, sure, but it’s even more about the subtext, the underlying stories within the characters and how that manifests between them and within their souls and psyches. Most importantly, it’s how we see ourselves in these characters.
Why would anyone cancel a story this beautiful, filled with such self-confliction, self-discovery, awareness, the ability and willingness to change, even in the face of one’s pre-determined destiny?
And why, with the witticism of Tom Ellis’ “Lucifer” along with his banter with everyone on the show, and the depths of the character he has shown us in every season and especially this last one, could anyone cancel it?
The humor alone is worth renewing it or having another service pick it up.
#SaveLucifer #PickUpLucifer and realize how much this campaign to keep “Lucifer” has united people from around the world in solidarity of the love of these characters and their stories. I’m hopeful that maybe deep down, those of us who sit on different sides of political spectrums or political issues, societal issues, race relations, religions, have a chance in Hell (pun intended) to begin talking to each other about our differences and possibly accepting everyone’s right to see the world with their own perspective. I’m hopeful that all of us will come to accept, even if we do not like and/or agree with each other, that our differences do not make us wrong, shamed or harassed.
“Lucifer” is far deeper than meets the eye. It’s heart, soul, ears, eyes, mind, and it’s worth it to #SaveLucifer and #PickUpLucifer.