Lucifer Season 5 really got creative with its episodes this year. The first half of the season gave viewers a fantastic noir episode that offered the backstory for Lucifer’s ring, while the second half of Lucifer’s fifth season will be tackling a musical format. Lucifer himself, Tom Ellis, recently explained why he’s “so excited” for the series’ upcoming musical episode and what fans should expect to see.
Tom Ellis is no stranger to singing on Lucifer, but the musical episode (which will be the tenth episode of Season 5) likely won’t involve the actor singing from behind a piano like he has in past seasons. Speaking with Collider, Ellis revealed the reason for why he was so enthusiastic about doing a musical episode and cited it as a highlight of the show. Here’s what he said:
Well, you’re basically just asking me about my two favorite episodes of Lucifer. I’m so excited. Ildy [Modrovich], one half of our showrunning team, has wanted to do a musical episode for a long time. It was Season 5, [which was going to be] our final season, so we definitely needed to try to do that. I’ve always wanted to do it, but I’ve also been of the mind that there needs to be a reason that people are singing as opposed to it’s just a gimmicky episode. And the beauty of it was that we found the perfect reason for it, and not only made it service the episode, in terms of where the music comes from.
You can almost hear Tom Ellis’ excitement in his response, right? I love that Lucifer’s showrunners “found the perfect reason” to do a musical episode on the show. I think it’s one of the most creative things they’ve come up with besides the noir episode in Season 5, and the fact that they found a “reason” for the characters to sing is even better. It also sounds like the musical won’t be a standalone episode and will play heavily into the overarching plot of the season.
One of the big moments from the first half of Season 5 was God’s arrival. Dennis Haysbert was cast in the role some time ago, but it was still a genuine surprise when he showed up to break up a fight between Lucifer, his twin brother Michael, and Amenadiel. Aside from the singing and dancing, Tom Ellis also teased how God factors into the musical episode. In his words:
But aside from the music, the readthrough of the episode was one of the most emotional and funny readthroughs that we’ve ever had. And that was without any of the musical numbers in it. As an episode, it’s just so packed with everything. There’s a lot to do with Lucifer and his father in it. It’s great. There are so many memorable moments from it, I felt like I’d won a competition, every day that I turned up to work. Because it was like living out my dream. We were doing all of these big dance numbers and it was fantastic. Everyone was really buzzing, when we were doing that. We had so much fun, I can’t even tell you. It was illegal, how much fun we had.
Considering that the musical episode will involve some much-needed time with Lucifer and God, I’d like to think that God will sing at some point in the episode, but only time will tell if that’s the case. Nonetheless, Tom Ellis’ enthusiasm about Lucifer’s musical episode is contagious, and I’m ready to see what the show has in store.
The first eight episodes of Lucifer Season 5 are currently streaming on Netflix. The second half of the season doesn’t yet have a premiere date, but stay tuned to CinemaBlend for updates. In the meantime, be sure to check out our 2020 fall TV schedule for options.