For Supernatural season 5, we were promised the Apocalypse and a battle with Lucifer. But so far, for the most part, Lucifer has been MIA. Where’s the Prince of Darkness when you need him?
I’m still enjoying this season of Supernatural, particularly for the creative ways the show finds to use comedy in a deadly serious drama. But what about Lucifer? In the first six episodes, he’s only appeared three times, and each of those times he was barely in it.
In the season premiere, Lucifer slowly wormed his way into Nick, but aside from establishing the character, we learned very little about Lucifer’s real agenda. He showed up again in “Free to Be You and Me,” but only in Sam’s dream, letting us know that Sam is his true vessel. Finally, Lucifer appeared in the alternate future in “The End” to kill Dean.
Thus far I’ve been fascinated by every scene featuring the Lucifer, which is the primary cause for my complaint that we’re not getting enough of him. Past seasons of Supernatural always dealt sporadically with the main threat of the season. Despite being the main villain of the first two seasons, Azazel only took human form in six episodes. And following him, Lilith only showed up in five episodes.
However, I want Lucifer to be different. In my mind, he’s more like one of Buffy’s Big Bads, a villain who shows up throughout the entire season, leading to a massive showdown in the finale.
Instead, we’re spending more time with Lucifer’s acolytes. The Demon Formerly Known as Meg dominated the premiere, one of the Four Horseman showed up in episode 2, and last night we got the Anti-Christ. While each of these characters served a purpose and were interesting, no one watches Batman for the henchmen, they want to see the Joker.
I’m hoping that Supernatural kicks the Lucifer story into high gear soon. Yes, the brothers needed to bond over an old case and get back to fighting form, but the Apocalypse is coming, and the most evil creature that ever existed is walking around the Earth. There’s no time for rubber chickens and fart jokes.