[Editor’s note: The following contains spoilers for Lucifer, Season 6 Episode 8, “Save the Devil, Save the World.”]
After a historical past of a number of cancellations and revivals, the lastly closing season offunctioned as an prolonged goodbye to the present’s well-loved fallen angel turned nightclub proprietor/crime-solver turned inheritor to the throne of God. As a part of that, showrunners Joe Henderson and Ildy Modrovich devoted one in all their closing episodes to presenting a enjoyable meta have a look at the characters and the way they see one another, and themselves — which, they defined, was immediately impressed by the writers’ personal fandom for a really totally different present.
In Episode 8, “Save the Satan, Save the World,” Lucifer (Tom Ellis) is able to ascend to God-hood, besides that his wings aren’t cooperating. So, in a seek for solutions as to why that is occurring, he asks his buddies to dig by way of the unpublished first draft of the manuscript his therapist Linda (Rachael Harris) has been writing about their time collectively. Whereas studying her depiction of those characters (as dramatized by episode author Aiyana White and director D.B. Woodside), everyone seems to be distressed by the best way they have been depicted — as a result of, in fact, it’s totally totally different from how they really see themselves.
In accordance with Henderson, the thought for this storyline got here not simply from the beloved Nickelodeon fantasy sequence Avatar: The Final Airbender, however very particularly from the Season three episode “The Ember Island Gamers.”
“All of the characters go to a play they usually watch themselves being dramatized onstage. And also you get all of those in-jokes within the sense of how different individuals see them,”. “[Executive story editor] Jen Imada and I particularly had been obsessive about that. After which with Aiyana and Ildy and everybody else, we began to really flip it into ‘what’s our model of it?’ How do we now have a love letter to the present? How can we play with breaking the foundations a bit, but in addition keep the foundations? And the reply was [Linda’s] guide.”
As he continued, “So it grew to become, okay, if the guide is our machine, let’s play with perspective, let’s play with how everybody noticed totally different moments occurring and attempt to discover a solution to discover each. Like this is how Lucifer sees the world. Here is how Dan and Maze see the very same scene, however from totally different views… That was tremendous enjoyable, as a result of it is our love letter episode.”
For the document, whereas it feels just like the episode is comparatively self-contained, it is not technically a bottle episode — and it wasn’t any cheaper than different episodes made that season. Modrovich famous that Woodside, a sequence common making his directorial debut with this episode, “discovered plenty of methods so as to add cash onto there.”
However, she defined, that was all in service to the episode: “The half the place [Amenadiel] flies and he does this wonderful spin factor, it was nice. That was all D.B. That was all his imaginative and prescient. He additionally shot units that we have seen one million instances in a means that I might by no means seen — like as an illustration, Linda’s workplace, he created this entire factor the place we went outdoors the workplace and he did this one-er, the place the digital camera’s outdoors and Lucifer and Linda are arriving and it is late at evening and she or he’s turning on lights and you are like a voyeur outdoors. It is a improbable shot.”
The top end result was a captivating tribute to a sequence that has been sustained for the final six seasons by its devoted fandom — the most effective type of parody, the place everybody concerned is in on the joke.
Lucifer is streaming now on Netflix.
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