“Lucifer” is Nothing Like the Comic, and That’s Okay

In light of Fox’s “”Lucifer” Getting a second season, I thought I would re-post my February 4th article here.

I’ve been seeing a lot of “nerd-rage” recently over the new string of TV and movie adaptations and remakes. “That’s nothing like the (insert source material)!” Personally, I think we’ve reached another golden age of TV and Movies. There are so many great TV shows in particular, it’s almost becoming difficult to consume everything I want to watch. We’re seeing a lot of our favorite books and comics come to life. But some of those adaptations are much less like the source material than others. I know that I’ve fallen into the bad habit of criticizing things that aren’t exactly how I imagined the books should be interpreted, but I’m trying to change that.

So when I watched the first two episodes of “Lucifer” it occurred to me that this show was absolutely nothing like the comic; with the exception of character names and the basic premise of the story. But as I watched these episodes, I found that I didn’t really care. The show is wildly entertaining. Tom Ellis plays an incredibly engaging and hilarious version of “Lucifer”. Lesley-Ann Brandt’s snarky “Mazikeen” is perfect for the show set up.

Sometimes, adaptations are awesome as their own version of the story. When we allow ourselves to be open to adaptations and remakes that stray from the source material, we can find how to enjoy things instead of looking for ways to rip them apart. Sure, it would have been cool to see a version of “Lucifer” that more closely matched the style of the comic, but what we got instead still has it’s own merits, and is worth checking out with a fresh set of eyes.

So my challenge to you readers is to approach things with that fresh set of eyes. Stop looking for things that aren’t like the source material, and look for things that you enjoy in these adaptations. “Lucifer” is nothing like the comic, and that’s okay because it’s still an incredibly fun show, and has merits of it’s own all on it’s own. I look forward to watching the rest of the season.

-D

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