FOX’s new supernatural crime drama Lucifer (premieres Monday, Jan. 25, at 9pm ET/PT) feels like Castle if Richard Castle were the Prince of Darkness. Tom Ellis stars as Lucifer Morningstar — yes, Satan himself — who has grown bored reigning over Hell and is on holiday in a much more exciting place: Los Angeles. Lucifer is a tall, dark and handsome Brit who owns a nightclub called Lux, drives around in a high-end convertible (license plate FALL1N1) and gets people to reveal their forbidden desires. It’s all fun and games for Lucifer until a faded pop star whose career he helped launch is murdered. Suddenly he’s all about helping detective Chloe Decker (Lauren German) solve crimes and giving evildoers their comeuppance. In his spare time, he mentors at-risk youth: “So you know, there’s a special section of Hell reserved for bullies. So have fun.” Occasionally, just to remind Lucifer who he is, angel Amenadiel (DB Woodside) pesters him about getting back to Hell before there’s another war. And Lucifer’s sidekick (Lesley-Ann Brandt) tries to keep her boss on track, telling him, “I’m worried the humans are rubbing off on you. Stop caring. You’re the devil.” Hell hath no fury like this show’s absurd script, and it would be wise to reject Lucifer and all its empty promises.
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