Netflix recently announced that Lucifer Season 5 will be the grand finale for the series, but some fans still aren’t ready to say goodbye.
When Netflix announced that Lucifer was going to be renewed, the internet had a mixed reaction. Fans were overjoyed to hear about Season 5 — especially after the jaw dropping decisions that ended Season 4. But LuciFans are heartbroken to hear that Season 5 will also be the end of the series. Of course, five seasons is a blessing for a show that has already survived cancellation once. When FOX cancelled the series after Season 3, Netflix stepped in to make sure Lucifer’s story could go on. The new season has earned love from fans, becoming an instant favorite for many. Still, some fans say that it’s not enough.
For long-term fans of the show, June’s announcement feels like stepping into a time machine. When Fox originally cancelled Lucifer in 2018, LuciFans banded together to create the #SaveLucifer movement. The hashtag became the number on trending topic on Twitter, with fans, cast and crew all sharing their stories and hopes for the series’ future.
It wasn’t the first time that a fan campaign saved a series. In fact, Lucifer’s cancellation was announced on May 11 — the same day that NBC swooped in to save Brooklyn Nine-Nine after angry fans took to Twitter. With screaming fans and passionate celebrities chiming in — everyone from William Shatner to Lin Manuel Miranda — BNN’s renewal came a mere 24-hours later. And though it took LuciFans nearly a month, they achieved the same goal.
Netflix stepped in and gave Lucifer a second life. It wasn’t without some changes, though. While the show’s episode count dropped from twenty-four to ten, a big restriction where Lucifer’s numerous subplots are concerned, most of the changes were for the better. Netflix has a growing reputation for adult comedy, which meant more cursing and “risky” scenes in the new season. (For examples, I’m begging you to watch Lucifer Season 4 Episode 6, where Lucifer and Ella go undercover at a nudist colony!) But for a show about the Devil, “risky” is all too far at home.
When Netflix released Season 4 in May, LuciFans celebrated. They’d saved their show, and it was new, improved, and better than ever. Unfortunately, the joy wouldn’t last forever.
On June 6, Netflix dropped their bittersweet announcement. Yes, they had Lucifer renewed for another season on the streaming service, but it would be the last. The news was accompanied by loving videos and posts from the cast and crew, thanking LuciFans for their passion and the extra time they’d bought for the show. While most of the actors had accepted their fate, fans saw the fight as long from over.
For several weeks, fans have been trending #SaveLucifer on social media once more, hoping to recreate last year’s miracle. Thus far, the movement hasn’t gained the same traction. While Lucifer is a beloved show, the argument is that it’s operating on borrowed time. Not all shows get the second chance that they deserve. Even then, not many get an advance notice when things are coming to a close.
Executive Producer Ildy Modrovich shared her thoughts on Twitter: “While we feel just as sad as many of you do that this marvelous ride is coming to an end, a fight won’t change things for now… The whole reason [Netflix] decided to announce that it was our fifth and final season simultaneously is because they know how dedicated and devoted our fans (and we!) are and wanted to give y’all (and us!) as much time as they could to accept and process the news. And for that we’re incredibly grateful. But mostly, we’re beyond grateful that they gave us this new life in the first place.”
The Move to Acceptance
I can’t imagine the plight of the LuciFans who fought through the #SaveLucifer movement. Like many, I’m one of the people who binged the show after Netflix made all four seasons available. But if it hadn’t been for the fan campaigns and media attention, fans like me may never have gotten a chance to come aboard in the first place. The bright side of moments like these is the inevitable expansion of a show’s fan base and family.
On June 17, 2019, co-showrunner Ildy Modrovich confirmed the final season will consist of 10 episodes. With only ten episodes in Season 4, there was a noticeable struggle to explore every character’s subplot while advancing the main story. I wish Netflix is willing to give showrunners more space to explore in the final season. That could make all the difference in the last moments of the show.
It can be hard to watch your favorite show cancelled preemptively, but at the same time, it’s equally as difficult to watch a show you love drag on past its life expectancy. Too many shows carry on past their expiration date, leaving die-hard fans exasperated and exhausted as they keep up with stories they’ve become frustrated with. It would kill me to watch Lucifer come to the same frustrating end. So while it’s hard to say goodbye, there’s a part of me that’s glad to do it now.
Over time, fan campaigns have started to take a turn. Many are sharing their fan creations and favorite memories with the hashtag #LuciLove, to celebrate the end of this miraculous show. For the time being, it looks like #SaveLucifer has had its time. All that’s left is to enjoy what’s yet to come.
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