TV Club: Punishment is all the rage, as Lucifer channels Black Mirror

After last week’s “Liar, Liar, Slutty Pants On Fire,” it would have been far too convenient for Lucifer to stumble across another homicide that directly involved his mother or anyone in his immediate circle. As much as it worked for that episode, “Sin-Eater” doesn’t go down that path again, but it does work to create a deep connection between the case-of-the-week and Lucifer’s current existential crisis. A serial killer whose mission is all about punishment of the wicked obviously overlaps with Lucifer’s own agenda, which makes for the perfect opportunity to delve into Lucifer’s own desires and why exactly he still punishes people when he no longer has to.

The case-of-the-week is basically a Black Mirror plot re-purposed for Lucifer, which works because of the series’ attention to characterization. That’s not to say it doesn’t follow the most basic procedural “rule” of the …

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