Loving Lucifer

Is it wrong?

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Assuming you even believe in the devil. Love thy brother and forgive thine enemies. Naturally you should have some affection for the devil. Poor guy gets thrown out of heaven. Poor guy can’t get into bed with hot detective. It’s all very sad. Don’t you just want to make him feel better?

Okay, so he’s a misogynistic psychopath and all that. But you like that, if you have the right personality. Here’s an article to enlighten you, if you find that you have this problem. They just don’t care about you and they never will. There’s a comforting aspect to that for some. If you really want to get away from it, here’s some explanation about what got you to that point. Bear in mind that letting them know that you know what they are is probably a bad idea.

Why is it so damned cute? As the show has even brought up already: confidence. On the one hand, it shows that someone possesses qualities that you desire (more on that here). On the other hand, it can be false and disingenuous to the perceptive – making it a fail when used on some women – such as our cunning detective (more on the that here).

In my opinion, what makes this story and depiction work so well is the charming over-confidence that attracts on the one hand, and the ultimate failure of the fake, manipulative abuse, to satisfy our sense of justice, on the other. The obvious turn of the story is to humanize the devil and tear down the one-dimensional, shallow, psychopath, and create a sense of morality through taking away his powers in order to show him the consequences of his actions. What a dream. The thing that never happens to a psychopath in real life. How can you not love it “to death”?

Alan Rickman Tribute

An Allan Rickman memorial gif wall and movie clip page; sharing images from Dogma, Die Hard, Harry Potter, Sense and Sensibility, Sweeney Todd, Galaxy Quest, and Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves.

From Die Hard (1988), Quigley Down Under (1990), Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves (1991), Sense and Sensibility (1995), Dogma (1999), Galaxy Quest (1999), Sweeney Todd (2007), and the Harry Potter movies.

My favorite  Alan Rickman line ever comes from a scene in Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves (1991). Possibly the weirdest threat ever made on screen.

Also, probably my favorite scene with Alan Rickman, from the same movie. The guy hanging upside down is Christian Slater.

And lastly, a lovely life-of-Snape montage.

Alan Rickman was one of my favorite actors of all time. I’m sorry he’s gone but I’m glad we have his movies. He can still make us laugh and cry.

Edit: from January 23, 2016; Rickman’s page on imdb.com, the “1” in the top right means his page had most hits for the whole site.

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Six nerdy TV shows premiering in January 2016

Links to official sites for six shows staring in January 2016; Shannara Chronicles, Shadowhunters, DC’s Legends of Tomorrow, Lucifer, The Magicians, and The X-Files.

shannaraJanuary 5
The Shannara Chronicles
MTV

Network show page
IMDB page

Nerd background: Fantasy (of the pointy-eared elf type), based on the books by Terry Brooks, developed by Alfred Gough and Miles Millar.

 

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January 12
Shadowhunters
ABC Family (Freeform)

Network show page
IMDB page

Nerd background: Supernatural (of the demons and angels type), based on the Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare.

 

January 21
DC’s Legends of Tomorrow
the CW

Network show page
IMDB page

Nerd background: what is not nerdy about this show? Flash + Arrow = Boom. Resurrected Canary, hottie Atom-former-Superman. Seriously.

 

January 25
Lucifer
FOX

Network show page
IMDB page

Nerd background: Another DC comic; Neil Gaiman one of the co-creators of these characters (nerd cred enough?).

 

January 25
The Magicians
Syfy

Network show page
IMDB page

Nerd background: Harry Potter in New York -ish (?); the writers have worked on shows like Supernatural, Chuck, Lois & Clark, Revolution, Battlestar Galactica.

 

January 25 (preview Jan. 24)
The X-Files
FOX

Network show page
IMDB page

Nerd background: Um… yes.