REVIEW: Lucifer, S3E10 – The Sin Bin

Lucifer‘s midseason finale, misleadingly titled “The Sin Bin,” manages to wrap up the Sinnerman arc while opening the door to a whole new line of questioning when it comes to Marcus Pierce’s (Tom Welling) character.

Last week, Lucifer (Tom Ellis) found the Sinnerman but the mysterious man’s desires eluded him for once. This week, “The Sin Bin” opens with the Devil celebrating his tormentor’s capture despite Mazikeen (Lesley-Ann Brandt) rightfully pointing out that a soldier of God won’t be stopped by prison bars. Though Lucifer attempts to appear unruffled, it’s clear that he could not handle more than his devil face being taken from him – especially not Chloe (Lauren German).

Short but sweet highlight of the episode.

It is precisely the fear of losing Chloe that drives Lucifer to take things too far in “The Sin Bin” and almost kill a human – despite now being an angel himself and thus forbidden. The episode also lays some clues early on that Pierce is not what he seems. First his insistence on not letting the Sinnerman out of jail to track down the week’s missing victim is contradicted by his insistence on joining Lucifer and Chloe in their mission to break him out. Then Lucifer notices a mysterious military tattoo on Marcus’ arm, which winds up being essential to the big reveal later on.

Most of the joy to be found in “The Sin Bin” comes from small moments while figuring out the case – which included a roller derby chase sequence and not much else – or even the side stories that don’t immediately tie back. The best part of the episode is also the least essential one: Dan (Kevin Alejandro) is forced to find a last-minute babysitter for Trixie (Scarlett Estevez), leading to cute moments with Charlotte (Tricia Helfer) and the discovery of a whole new dynamic I never knew I needed. Thanks to Trixie’s expert advice and innocent meddling, Dan gets to go on a real date and Charlotte is ready to fight for her kids.

Back at the precinct, Ella (Aimee Garcis) also gets some fun moments thanks to Chloe and Lucifer’s plan to pull the Sinnerman out of custody. Her attempts at getting Pierce to open up about his brother are hysterical, even if they were doomed to fail from the start. If anything, it’s sad that her colleagues don’t seem to reciprocate either the warmth or the respect that she holds for all of them. But at least no one is gifting her fake bombs from serial killers, like poor Dan had to deal with as part of the master plan.

Given how much set up there was to finding the abducted Molly and the Sinnerman’s supposed accomplice, it was almost a letdown when she wound up having kidnapped herself at the Sinnerman’s request. Lucifer takes advantage of the momentary chaos to abduct the Sinnerman and attempt once more to get answers about his wings and his devil face, but once again he receives nothing for his efforts. There was never a fear that he would actually kill a human, no matter how serious he seemed about it, so this part of “The Sin Bin” fell a little flat. Maze handing him the knife because she knows his feelings for Chloe are worth bringing a plague of locusts on them was a sweet moment in and of itself, but it also doubled as the audience daring Lucifer to break its own mold… And of course the show wasn’t going to go there.

Are you Abel to guess who he is?

Just when it seems like we’re getting somewhere with the Sinnerman, when we might finally learn who sent him and why he wants to die at Lucifer’s hands, Marcus Pierce barges in and shoots him dead instead. The frustration borne of this plot development is only increased by how quick Chloe is to believe Pierce’s version of events instead of the reality. It’s understandable that she would be tired of his antics at this point, but it also seems like she’s more willing to believe that he’s an incompetent fool who would never hurt a fly than a man who was almost driven to murder. Thankfully, he doesn’t let Chloe’s anger deter him from finding out the truth himself. That truth promises a very interesting back half of the season, even if the Sinnerman didn’t pan out after so much promise early on.

Going through the case files, Lucifer finds an old photo of the Sinnerman as a youth being hugged by an older man whose face is cropped out, and the birthmark on the young boy’s face looks a lot like Pierce’s conveniently discovered tattoo. This clever clue gives Lucifer the idea that the Sinnerman didn’t have an accomplice – he was Pierce’s accomplice. Because he is so convinced on his theory, he actually stabs Pierce in the most surprising moment of the night. But again, because Lucifer could never be made to murder even by accident, he has absolutely no doubt that Pierce is immortal no matter how long it takes the man to show signs of life after the stabbing. His patience is rewarded when Pierce gets back up and confirms that his tattoo is actually the Mark of Cain.

So now that Pierce is really Cain, what did he mean when he said the Sinnerman killed his brother? Was it Cain who somehow took Lucifer’s devil face and brought back his angel wings – if so, how and why? We have to wait until January to ask these questions, and pray that this time we actually get answers.

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