Lucifer - Family Dinner - Recap & Review

Lucifer - 5.09 - "Family Dinner"

**The following is a detailed recap and review of the episode, which means it's full of spoilers. Please don’t read any further until you’ve watched it. You can also check out my (almost) spoiler-free review for the second half of the season if you prefer**

LuciferNetflix finally dropped the anticipated conclusion to season five of its hit series Lucifer less than an hour ago. In the last episode, Lucifer (Tom Ellis) was about to tell Chloe (Lauren German) how he felt when Amenadiel (D.B. Woodside) accidentally stopped time, not in control of his powers. Lucifer’s twin, Michael (also Ellis), had got into Amenadiel’s head, revealing that his son, Charlie, was human. Leaving a frozen Chloe, Lucifer joined Amenadiel to battle his brother, as well as Maze (Lesley-Ann Brandt), who had sided with Michael, believing that he could get her a soul. At the height of the battle, the brothers’ father, God (Dennis Haysbert), appeared, putting a stop to the fight. Season 5B picks up in that moment.

Following the recap is a review of the episode.

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Advance Review: Lucifer Returns with an Epic End to Season 5

***The following review has slight spoilers for season 5B, though not really much more than the trailer***

LuciferFans have been waiting with bated breath for today to arrive and Netflix to drop season 5B of the hit series Lucifer.

At the end of last season, Lucifer (Tom Ellis) was about to finally say those three little words to his girlfriend, Detective Chloe Decker (Lauren Graham), when Amenadiel (D.B. Woodside), accidentally stopped time after Lucifer's twin, Michael (also Ellis), got into his head and he lost control of his powers, crushingly to fans, halting Lucifer’s confession.

Leaving Chloe in the storage closet, Lucifer helped Amenadiel battle Michael, as well as Maze (Lesley-Ann Brandt), who had once again sold out Lucifer to get what she wanted. In this case, Michael had agreed to give her an audience with his father, who she believed could give her a soul.

At the height of the battle, their father, God, showed up in the form of Dennis Haysbert to break up the fight.

The back half of the season, which focuses on God’s arrival and how it impacts his sons, picks up right at that moment, and what follows is an intense episode called “Family Dinner” that forces Lucifer to deal with a lot of his “Daddy issues.” It gets the show off to a fantastic start. Haysbert has great chemistry with Ellis and Woodside and it was really interesting to finally see that family dynamic. Ellis is so flawless I constantly forget that it’s him playing both twins. He makes it easy to differentiate between the two.

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Fox 2021 Upfront Executive Press Conference Call

FOXMonday FOX held their annual upfronts for the 2021-2022 primetime season, though of course this year, it was completely virtual. As per usual, they held a press conference call for the media with the heads of FOX before the event so journalists could ask some questions. You can find the official press release and schedule that was announced as part of the upfronts in a previous post, as well as the trailers and new series photos. Below is the transcript of the conference call.


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Exclusive: Keith Carradine Talks Fear the Walking Dead

Keith CarradineIn tonight’s episode of Fear the Walking Dead on AMC, June (Jenna Elfman) splits off from the group when she meets a man who may have information on the doomsday cult and their threat. She, however, is surprised to discover that the man is John Dorie Sr., played by Keith Carradine, John (Garret Dillahunt)’s father, and he may have a connection to the group and its leader.

Carradine recently talked to SciFi Vision in an exclusive interview about his work on the Fear the Walking Dead, playing opposite Elfman, being directed by Aisha Tyler, and a bit about working with Benedict Cumberbatch on his upcoming film, The Power of the Dog, and more.

***Note there are spoilers for 613, “J.D.,” in the following interview. Please watch the episode before reading.***

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Exclusive: Tom Payne Teases Prodigal Son Finale

Tom PayneThe FOX series Prodigal Son follows Malcolm Bright, played by Tom Payne, a profiler working for the NYPD, who's father is Martin Whitly (Michael Sheen), the serial killer known as "The Surgeon." In last week's episode, the NYPD looked for Whitly, who had escaped from Claremont, but came up empty-handed when it was revealed that he was not with the other escaped inmates. On this week's all-new episode, it was revealed that it was actually Vivian Capshaw (Catherine Zeta-Jones) who captured Martin and was keeping him prisoner.

Yesterday, Payne talked to Jamie Ruby in an exclusive interview about his work on the series, how his father's escape effected his character, Malcolm's relationship with Dani (Aurora Perrineau), next week's finale, and more.

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Exclusive: Christian Borle Talks Prodigal Son's Friar Pete and More

Christian BorleTonight, an all-new episode of Prodigal Son aired on FOX, entitled, “You can Run…” The series follows NYPD profiler Malcolm Bright, whose father, Martin Whitly, is the serial killer who called himself “The Surgeon.” Whitly often gave Bright advice and insight to help solve the cases he worked until last week’s episode when he escaped from Claremont Psychiatric Facility, along with two other inmates, Friar Pete, played by Christian Borle, and Hector (Armando Acevedo).

Borle talked to SciFi Vision on Friday in an exclusive post-mortem interview about the episode, working on the show, and more.

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Exclusive: Nick Stahl Talks Fear the Walking Dead

Nick StahlTonight, AMC aired the newest episode of Fear the Walking Dead, “The Holding.” In the episode, Alicia (Alycia Debnam-Carey), Luciana (Danay Garcia), and Wes (Colby Hollman) are brought into the underground compound they secretly approached where they plan to find out more about the group that have been leaving the spray-painted messages. The doomsday group turns out to be more of a cult, and we are introduced to the character of Riley, played by Nick Stahl, who works under the leader, Teddy (John Glover).

Friday, Stahl talked to Jamie Ruby of SciFi Vision in an exclusive post-mortem interview about the episode, his character, and what fans can expect.

***Note there are spoilers for 611, “The Holding,” in the following interview. Please watch the episode before reading.***

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Interview: Greg Nicotero and Dana Gould Talk Creepshow Season 2 Finale

Greg Nicotero and Dana GouldToday Shudder released the season two finale of Creepshow, “Night of the Living Late Show.” The episode, written by Dana Gould and directed by Greg Nicotero, follows Simon (Justin Long), who has invented a virtual reality device that enables him to enter his favorite films. However, things don’t go according to plan when his virtual reality bleeds into his real life.

Nicotero and Gould recently took part in a round table with journalists to discuss the episode, how it was made, and much more about the series.

In the episode, Simon enters the movie Horror Express, and the integration of Justin’s character has been done so well, it’s difficult to tell it’s not part of the original film. Gould talked to SciFi Vision about choosing the parts of the movie that they used. “I had an idea for the story, and then I had to watch Horror Express, which I had seen, of course, but to see where I could physically put an actor in a way that would interact. So, the movie sort of dictated what the scenes were. That's the fun of writing a script like this; it’s backwards. You have to almost write it [backwards]; it’s backwards engineering. It looks seamless, because, I mean, aside from the technical brilliance that Greg brought to it, in terms of the script, I worked backwards. I found dialogue from the movie that worked, and then I found a way to write the script around it.”

Nicotero explained some of the specifics of putting it together to the site. “…When Dana sent the script, there were specific time codes of like, okay, so if Justin's talking here, then we use this time code from one minute, nine seconds to one minute, fourteen seconds. So, it really was a really complicated jigsaw puzzle.”

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Exclusive: Bellamy Young Talks Prodigal Son & What's Next for Jessica

Bellamy YoungProdigal Son, which aired tonight on FOX, follows Malcolm Bright (Tom Payn), an NYPD criminal profiler, whose father, Martin Whitly (Martin Sheen), a serial killer known as “The Surgeon,” sometimes helps from prison to consult on difficult cases. In the newest episode, Jessica Whitly, played by Bellamy Young, starts delving into her husband’s past to prepare to write her tell-all book. Things, however, don’t go as expected when she arrives at the prison in the middle of Martin putting his plans into motion.

Yesterday, Young talked to SciFi Vision in an exclusive post-mortem interview about the events of the episode, what they could mean for the Whitly family, Jessica’s relationship with Gil (Lou Diamond Phillips) and more.

***Note there are spoilers for 2.10, “Exit Strategy,” in the following interview. Please watch the episode before reading.***

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Exclusive: Fear the Walking Dead's Rubén Blades on Daniel's Mental State and What it Means

Rubén BladesOn tonight’s episode of Fear the Walking Dead on AMC, when Strand (Colman Domingo), Sherry (Christine Evangelista) and the rest of the other group came to visit Morgan (Lennie James)’s new safe haven, Morgan left Daniel, played by Rubén Blades, in charge of keeping the peace between the visitors and Dakota (Zoe Colletti). However, things did not go to plan when dynamite went off and walkers got in. To make matters worse, all the weapons, including those confiscated from the visitors when they arrived, disappeared.

On Friday, Blades, who also recently released the album Salswing! with Robert Delgado and Orchestra, talked to SciFi Vision in an exclusive post-mortem interview about the events of episode, what they mean to Daniel moving forward, if fans can trust what’s happening, and more.

Salswing! is now available on on digital platforms.

***Note there are spoilers for 6.10, “Handle with Care,” in the following interview. Please watch the episode before you read it.***

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