Fans recently enjoyed the sixth and final season of “Lucifer” — based on the Neil Gaiman DC Comics character Lucifer Morningstar, as portrayed by Tom Ellis — on Netflix.
The show was one of many to be rescued from cancellation and given new life on the streaming platform, following its abortive run on Fox. After what would have been a infuriatingly unresolved cliffhanger ending, fans rallied around the show with a #SaveLucifer social media campaign that eventually did the trick, resulting in three additional seasons and a satisfactory conclusion to the storyline.
But, even as the show was able to reach a definite conclusion — not always guaranteed in this age of sprawling multimedia franchises — there was at least one moment from the show’s final season that raised significant ire from detail-oriented fans, and it had to do with Kevin Alejandro’s departed Detective Dan Espinoza and his daughter Trixie, played by Scarlett Estevez.
Why would Dan want to visit his daughter while possessing a dangerous killer?
On Reddit, fans of “Lucifer” took issue with a storyline involving Dan reaching out to his daughter, Chloe, from the afterlife by possessing the body of his own murderer, Vincent Le Mec.
“Lucifer” fan agellyy opened up the discussion on Dan and Trixie’s final encounter, saying that Dan “really f****ed up Trixie with Le [Mec] thing. Imagine growing up and realizing the man who talked to you and even tried to hug you was the same man who murdered your dad.” That doesn’t even go into the problem of using your own killer’s body to say goodbye to your daughter, an issue raised downthread by user iUseYahooEmail: “Also iirc he was even saying how if he left Le Mec’s body he’d be releasing a criminal or something along those lines and then he ends up leaving Le Mec right next to his daughter lol.”
Maybe Dan determined that the risk was outweighed by the benefit of being able to share a nice final moment with his daughter, but as MortalWombat1974 points out, the sweetness of the moment was inherently one-sided, calling the scene from Trixie’s point of view a “random encounter with a weirdo creeping on her at the park.”
One user, noonecaresat805, spoke out in Dan’s defense, pointing out that Dan didn’t choose which body to take possession of and that “if he had had an actual choice he would have chosen a different body” for his reunion with his daughter. But the consensus seems to be that the scene was heavily flawed, and an example of the “Lucifer” writers letting their desire for a heartfelt dramatic scene overrule their story’s own internal logic.