Pride interestingly celebrated this episode whenever it aired back 2018, arguing that the “comedy” countered any “offence” that could be brought on by the plot’s “gayface”.
It’s particularly disheartening to see a publication that is queer out of the solution to excuse Lucifer’s ongoing issue with queer representation, but which was a couple of years ago now. Certainly, as LGBTQ+ representation continues to improve on display, later on periods should have made an endeavor to enhance this facet of the show?
Sadly, no, not necessarily. Season four did explore Maze’s sex with an increase of level than typical, but her crush on Eve finished poorly, therefore the round that is first of five episodes relegate her individual life to your sidelines yet again. Additionally it is well well well worth noting that the noir episode flirts with a few gender that is intriguing a few ideas, reframing Chloe as being a “male” detective whom even kisses an other woman on display. Nonetheless, the show’s biggest issues nevertheless stay, especially when it comes down to Lucifer himself.
While labels are not constantly necessary, it is instead telling that Lucifer never defines himself clearly as bisexual. Evidently, he is so excellent at flipping males that individuals call him ‘The Skillet’ but we really seldom observe that. At one point, within an episode called ‘Orange may be the brand New Maze’, Lucifer even denies their queerness outright, saying, “I’m not just one for gorilla size ham fingers foot fetish cams or stale liquor breathing or, simply generally speaking, blokes.”
Lucifer can’t ever lie, therefore is he simply confused? In a subsequent episode, Morningstar then contradicts this by saying, “We normally have women over, or guys, or both, for intercourse.” So which will be it? These inconsistencies betray just how through the viewpoint associated with the authors’ space Lucifer’s queerness is mainly performative.
Despite their sexual fluidity, Lucifer is written mainly being a womaniser, so as to make their character more appropriate to mainstream audiences. Needless to say, bisexual men have an interest in females, plus some may have a preference for ladies over men overall, but Lucifer’s dogged search for feminine partners is extremely deliberate here, offsetting their flamboyance and camp mannerisms to create him more heteronormative and so “palatable” in some manner.
Any dalliances that are bisexual partcipates in are only promiscuous flings, frequently utilized as a gag or plot unit. The focus that is main alternatively on Lucifer’s attraction to Chloe, yet again it has end up being the show’s driving force, there is also less chance to deal with his queerness moving forward. It is also no coincidence that Lucifer’s emotions towards Chloe are what redeem him in a conventional, ethical feeling. Much too frequently, the show’s refusal to interact with Lucifer’s queer identification leads to bisexual erasure, so when queerness is sporadically explored, the show includes a nasty practice of conflating this with wicked.
By loving Chloe and staying with heteronormative requirements, Lucifer could be freed of their bisexual and thus called “evil” tendencies. Which is one thing the show has doubled down on in the past few years, yet again Lucifer’s tale is formally ending with period six, you can findn’t various ways to earnestly explore their queerness without cheating on Chloe, feeding into a lot more tropes that are harmful bisexuality. Now Jesus has finally entered the image, all we are able to do is place our fingers together and pray for the Constantine crossover teased in Crisis on Infinite Earths just last year. Lucifer really really really loves Chloe, therefore do not expect you’ll see John plus the Beast make ‘the beast with two backs’. but nonetheless, the energy that is bisexual of and Constantine combined could just be powerful sufficient to reverse some time assist the authors return to fix most of the ways this show has mishandled queerness.