I recently had the pleasure of taking part in San Diego Comic Con’s preview night, and caught a glimpse of two new shows coming soon, Containment and Lucifer.
Lucifer – Coming 2016 on Fox
Based on the graphic novel of the same name, Lucifer Morningstar (Tom Ellis) has left hell to own and operate a nightclub in LA. In a unique departure from the comic, Lucifer teams with Det. Chloe Dancer (Lauren German) to discover who murdered a friend of his. The show plays on Lucifer’s ability to get mere mortals to reveal their darkest desires, often at the most inappropriate times.
Ellis’s Lucifer is dark, witty, charming, and sexy. He is the ideal fit for this role. At times, I wanted to reveal my secrets to the screen. He is constantly open and honest with people that he is the Devil and immortal. No one seems to believe him. German’s Dancer is a standard “straight man” in this cop duo. She is the Beckett to Ellis’s Castle. Obviously this isn’t a bad thing, as Castle is about to air its eighth season. I thought the character was fairly one-dimensional and I hope they give her more depth as the series progresses.
The female supporting cast is incredible, strong, and refreshing for television. Lesley-Ann Brandt (from Spartacus) plays Maze, one of Lucifer’s minions that followed him from hell. She is no-nonsense and takes what she wants. She points out that Lucifer is losing his edge. Rachel Harris (from Suits and The Hangover) plays a therapist that holds a critical piece of information in cracking the case. Well by the end, she becomes Lucifer’s therapist so he can “regain his edge.”
Overall, this is one show that I will be adding to my list. At least to see where the first season goes.
Containment – Coming 2016 on the CW
When a mysterious and deadly epidemic breaks out in Atlanta, a vast urban quarantine is quickly enforced, forcing those stuck on the inside to fight for their lives while local and federal officials desperately search for a cure.
I didn’t love this show. There wasn’t a lot to get me hooked. One thing stood out to me: David Gyasi as Lex. In one scene he is explaining to a young adult male, maybe 18, that the kid cannot go into the containment area. The kid rambles on about his girl being inside. That’s when Lex reveals his girl is in there too. His dialogue was incredibly well delivered and actually got me riled up a little bit. I was a little excited to see what was going to happen.
That being said, there wasn’t enough to get me to watch the show again. I wasn’t invested in any characters, either with love or hate.
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