If anyone wonders why on earth we have decided to
review these two television shows together, the answer is simple.
They are the same show!
OK, so there are a few differences, and as they say,
". . . the devil is in the details. . ." Here the devil,
(perhaps we should say, the Devil) is played by the ultra charismatic
Tom Ellis, who as Lucifer, the Lord of Hell, has gotten a bit bored and
decided to take a vacation from it all. He opens a club where hot women
and cool studs hang out, and decides to plunge into the world to see
what he can do. That part is different from Rosewood.
In Rosewood, a super charismatic pathologist (named
Rosewood) has a private practice, charges tons of money for his services
and gets involved with hot women, in spite of the fact that he is very,
very ill from a disease that will kill him in about three years and he
keeps treating himself just to maintain his expensive life style.
Chestnut also often walks around without a shirt, showing off a well
toned physique. That part is very different from Lucifer.
Where the two shows dovetail is in their involvement
with law enforcement. Lucifer meets an attractive policewoman and
takes it upon himself to be her partner, assistant, pain in the butt
cohort, and even though she resists and protests his involvement,
somehow they always manage to work a case and eventually solve it.
Rosewood meets an attractive policewoman and takes it
upon himself to be her partner, assistant, pain in the butt cohort, and
even though she resists and protests his involvement, somehow they
always manage to work a case and eventually solve it. (didn't we
just say that?)
There are little off-shoots that differ here and
there, but the bottom line is the same. You know that this
involvement, reluctant though it may be between the men and the women,
will eventually lead to the same place where all of these stories
go. Castle eventually connects with Becket, the Mentalist
eventually hooked up with his reluctant partner, and as far back as
1985, Cybil Shepherd and Bruce Willis were moonlighting around a
relationship trying to flirt with real involvement.
In these shows, Rosewood's illness sometimes gets in
the way of a case and Lucifer is beginning to develop a sense of
humanity which gets in the way. The cast members include Jaina Lee
Ortiz as Beaumont Rosewood’s potential love connection, Detective
Annalise Villa, who has some real issues about her previous marriage and
her late husband. Rosewood takes an interest in her which is
clearly beyond the professional element.
Lauren German as Chloe Decker an LAPD homicide
detective solves crimes with Lucifer after he takes an interest in her
because she appears immune to his abilities and his sexual
magnetism. Chloe's ex-husband is not a fan of Lucifer mainly
because of the close connection to Chloe and their daughter.
Both shows begin with someone killed or dead, then
the detectives begin their investigation only to be met by either
Rosewood or Lucifer and once they get involved, the case begins to
develop. Somehow the two men seem to discover elements in the case
that the women overlooked. And even though the women profess that
these guys will not influence them any more, it's clear that they will,
because in each show the women give the guys "the look" which
telegraphs loud and clear that this relationship will definitely have a
different development in the future.
So if you like this erstwhile sexual tension, these
are the shows for you. If you like police dramas, forget it
because the scripts are so transparent that ten minutes into the show
you already know "who done it" and the rest of the thirty five
minutes are spent seeing these would-be couples dance around in a
flirtatious pas de deux. Then there's the sixteen minutes or so of
commercials, which are louder than the shows and infinitely better
produced in terms of lighting and detail although blatantly
boring. In that last detail they come close to mimicking the shows
If you must, check out Lucifer first and then look at
Rosewood. But if you really want to find out what Lucifer is up
to, try Dante's Inferno and for medical thrillers read Robin Cook.
You will find both far more exhilarating than either of these shows
which will probably go no more than two seasons if they are lucky.
Watching TV today is like listening to Mick Jagger
warn that you " . . . can't get no satisfaction!"
Mick really knew the score, unlike these two would be
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