4YE’s Year In Review: A Salute To Lucifer And The Fans That Saved It

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Way back in midseason 2016, I covered the first season of Lucifer for 4 Your Excitement. Even though I loved the show, I had to stop because, well, back to back shows on different networks in grad school? It was a lot. Even so, I still watched the series, still loved it.

What can we say? There’s just something about Lucifer. If you asked fans, then they would give you different reasons why. Character arcs that make logical sense in the narrative with changes that truly stick. A romance were those involved were friends first and built on mutual trust and affection. A picture of a healthy divorced couple where they have a good environment for the child. Characters that, traditionally, are considered “bad” more misunderstood and struggle with their own changing feelings and self-image. Awesome female characters, a diverse cast, we can get on here. Needless to say, Lucifer has always had a lot going for it.

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The third season saw a lot of that character culmination: on the front of Deckerstar, on Lucifer (Tom Ellis) going through some major emotional growth, on Maze (Lesley Ann Brandt) destroying her life but choosing her friends over everything else, on Amenadiel (D.B. Woodside) forgiving himself and earning his wings back, Charlotte Richards (Tricia Helfer) trying to be a better person. Dan (Kevin Aljeandro) gives one of the most heartbreaking performances of the series. Ella (Aimee Garcia) is just fantastic. Then the culmulation of all that when Chloe (Lauren German) finally believes Lucifer by seeing his devil face?!

Damn. It was just a wild rollercoaster of emotion, peppered by fun episodes, weird cases, and just everything about this weird and wonderful show that makes it work. Who knew that the Devil was a hero we needed in this day and age?

Of course, since it is a genre show on a major broadcast network, the ratings, while consistently solid, weren’t astronomical. Between a dedicated fanbase in a US and stellar reception in other countries, Lucifer lasted three seasons on FOX. Fans, honestly, thought that a fourth season was all but assured.

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Then it got cancelled during FOX’s very own Thanos snap. While fellow cancelled show Brooklyn Nine-Nine was picked up in less than a day by NBC, Lucifer had a long road ahead of it.

I can’t think of something more heartening than to see a fandom come together to save its beloved show. For real though, Lucifer fans went above and beyond to get another network to save it from the cancellation pile. #SaveLucifer or #PickUpLucifer was trending more often than not. The burn-off season four stand-alones (“Boo Normal” and “Once Upon A Time”) were trending when FOX aired them shortly after cancellation. The cast and crew was as involved as the fans, fighting to get other networks interested in it. It was honestly a show of love and support from a community that wanted more of their crime-solving devil.

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For a Lucifer fan, it was the scariest yet most heartening month. Honestly, it’s the proof of the positive force that fandom can have. Properly galvanized, it can even pull an eleventh hour save out of nowhere. In a year where the world seemed to be a dumpster fire of epic proportions, the Lucifer fandom made it clear that they weren’t going to take it.

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In dark times, we need whatever happiness we can grab. Let’s just say this weird and wonderful gem where the Devil can be a force for good and climb his way into being a better person? It’s just what we need.

Now all we truly need is for Netflix to drop that release date!

Bec Heim