Lucifer has been well-received by critics, with praise particularly directed at the performances of Tom Ellis and Lauren German, the season one episodes Lady Parts and Pops, and the season two episode Liar, Liar, Slutty Dress on Fire. The series has also been praised for its representation of LGBT characters. On Metacritic, the first season holds a score of 70 out of 100, based on 33 critics, indicating generally favorable reviews. On Rotten Tomatoes, it has an 87% approval rating with an average rating of 7.43 out of 10 based on 51 reviews. Cain Returns to Fox’s Lucifer in Season 3
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What happens next
Welling’s Lieutenant Marcus Pierce will officially join Tom Ellis’ Devil as one of several new additions, with Lesley-Ann Brandt and Rachael Harris also set for roles, who are both described as morally corrupt. Additionally, Tricia Helfer is set to reprise her role as Lucifer’s therapist Dr. Linda Martin in multiple episodes later in season three. Meanwhile, Xena: Warrior Princess alum Kevin Alejandro has been cast as a new LAPD homicide detective named Uriel, who considers himself an instrument of God’s wrath and feels justified punishing lawbreakers however he sees fit.
Tom Welling spotted on set
Tom Welling is returning as Lieutenant Marcus Pierce for a single episode of season three, titled Anything Pierce Can Do I Can Do Better. The former Smallville star will appear opposite his former cast mate Lesley-Ann Brandt (who plays Maze) and D.B. Woodside (who plays Amenadiel). While it isn’t clear why Cain has returned, he was notably absent from last week’s episode Vegas With Some Radish.
In addition to Welling, recurring guest stars Tricia Helfer and Kevin Alejandro are also confirmed for next week’s hour. The episode will serve as a love letter of sorts to William Shatner and Leonard Nimoy, who famously portrayed Captain Kirk and Spock on Star Trek: The Original Series.
Who is Cain?
If it seems like you’ve heard Tom Welling’s name attached to other, big projects but haven’t seen much of him since Smallville ended a decade ago, it’s not just your imagination. The actor, who played Clark Kent on that hit DC Comics-based series, hasn’t had much of a presence on TV or film over the past few years. Now he may be returning to one of his most notable roles, as Lieutenant Marcus Pierce (or Cain) on Fox’s comic book-based series Lucifer. The show is entering its third season and will finally explore where that character—who was revealed at first to be an antagonist—fits into everything and whether he can really be trusted.
How does he fit into the show?
Cain’s reasons for returning are a mystery, but Cain seems committed to his disguise as Lieutenant Marcus Pierce. The real Marcus Pierce disappeared six months ago, and there was no murder or cover-up; he simply walked away from his family one day. It’s too soon to tell whether or not Cain has returned for good. But according to actor Tom Welling (who plays Cain), there are more interesting things about Marcus than just his supernatural abilities: This guy actually is military before LAPD. He does come from an actual background where he might have some rank, so that helps as far as being someone who can give orders and command respect if he needs it or wants it. He also has very strong moral values but is still able to lie when necessary.
The powers of Cain
Despite fan expectations, showrunners say that Cain isn’t being brought back from hell. We’re not going to go there, creator and executive producer Joe Henderson told us, noting that Cain is going to remain on Earth as a human. When I posed what perhaps seemed like an obvious question—How will he survive?—executive producer/showrunner Ildy Modrovich only offered, Well, we are going into season three. (And Modrovich is not kidding about how long-running shows keep such secrets: When The Exorcist returns for its second season later in September, we still don’t know where Regan has been since last season’s finale.) So it seems possible that Cain will make a deal with someone else.
What are his motivations?
When we last saw Cain on Lucifer, he was seemingly betrayed by his then-friend, Maze. However, as Tom Welling revealed during a set visit, Cain is now doing things for himself and wants power—and that power could also come from our Lord and Savior. The reason he has any interest in [God] at all is because of what God gave up for mankind: free will, Welling said. And if he can control that, that’s ultimate power.
Will it stay true to mythology?
After a bloody season 2, Cain will return and he’ll bring a new character named Eve with him. Eve will be played by Inbar Lavi, who co-starred on USA’s Beauty and Beast, and is also known for her work as Gavriella Shurki on The CW’s Riverdale. Meanwhile, Kevin Alejandro (True Blood) will play Inspector Mike Lopez, who is assigned to take over as Chloe’s partner at LAPD Homicide after Pierce—aka Cain—retires.