One of the more entertaining things I got to catch at San Diego Comic Con this year was the panel for the TV show Lucifer. A good chunk of the cast was present, including Tom Ellis, Rachael Harris, Kevin Alejandro, Aimee Garcia and Tricia Helfer, as well as the show's head writers (the rest of the writers were in the audience).
Before we get to what was revealed at the panel, let me just say that it was FUN! This cast clearly gets along well, and they have a good time. I spent a good chunk of the hour-long panel laughing. I went to the panel as a fan, but it would have been entertaining for anyone who happened to wander into the Indigo Ballroom.
The first big reveal for the panel was when Tricia Helfer walked on stage. At the end of season two, she was on a beach seeming very confused. The soul of The Mother of Creation had been sent to another existence, and Charlotte came back into her body. Helfer's presence at the panel quickly gave way to the reveal that Charlotte would be returning in season 3. We also got the tease that we will learn where she has been. Helfer teased that when the soul leaves the body there are only two places it can go...so we should find out if she went to heaven or to hell.
We also learned about new cast member Tom Welling (from Smallville). He will be joining the cast as a police lieutenant. There may be a bit of a love interest with Detective Decker, which is sure to bring some conflict with Lucifer. I have never seen Smallville so I didn't have quite the reaction the rest of the crowd did, but based on the room I think people are excited!
At the beginning of the panel, we also got a teaser reel from season 3. We got some teases about how Lucifer got his wings back, but no solid answers. We do know that Lucifer hates being told what to do, so if someone is saying he's an angel then he's going to go the opposite direction and show them he is definitely no angel. Even without the reveal of what happened, this next season still looks like a lot of fun.
During the fan Q&A, someone asked about the cast's worst experiences in acting. Aimee Garcia had a great story about walking into an office to get an agent and immediately being told she could go up. When the elevator doors opened, the agent's smile dropped and she said "Oh, I thought they said Andy Garcia" and the elevator shut. Some of the other cast also gave great stories about their early times trying to break into acting, but this was my favorite.
One last highlight for me was the reprisal of the "theme song" that the cast apparently came up with during Comic Con 2016. Sung to the guitar riff leading into commercials, it went "Crime fighting devil, it makes sense! Don't overthink it!" Which pretty much sum up this show. As much of a fan as I am of the Sandman series by Neil Gaiman which inspired this character, it really is kind of a silly premise but a lot of fun. It's one of my favorite shows on TV, and I think that these sort of light-hearted moments show through.