13 February 2014 | kyesgonecrazy
A show that didn't deliver what it promised
So I have seen one other 1 star review on here. I'm not sure I really understood what that person was saying so I figured I'd maybe clarify why someone would not like this show.
My main issue with this show is that it is obviously pandering to this audience. For a show that has a bold, rad name and some pretty interesting art direction, I was surprised at how mundane the jokes and characters were. I get that that's sort of the "joke" but its not done well.
1) Everyone is boring and dull. For starters it shouldn't have been called Lucy: The Daughter of the Devil she's Lucy: The Completely Average Art Student. There's nothing interesting about Lucy. She's just a template that every awkward early 20's female can project themselves onto. She goes to art school. She has a dad who does something corporate. She is more interested in laid back artists than douche bags with money (you know, the only two types of guys that exist, right.) Even her father, the Devil, voiced by H. Jon Benjamin is a pretty weak character. H. Jon Benjamin is great at voicing one type of character: a character thinks he is way cooler than he is. For the perfect example watch any episode of "Home Movies." For examples of hits and misses watch most episodes of "Archer". Benjamin is an actor who nails down the "I'm going to give you life advice that sucks" character. But when he plays the Devil it really makes no sense. Again I get the joke is that the devil is down-played but if you're literally just going to make him an awkward 40-year old corporate father that can't connect with his daughter, then just do that. Don't add needless gimmicks.
2)Lack of the Lisa Simpson/Daria rule. Lisa Simpson and Daria are two characters who are very different than the average person their age. They are blindingly brilliant, quick-witted and impossible to argue with. In short, the average person shouldn't be able to relate to them and thus shouldn't care. But people did and do care, which is one reason their shows lasted so long. And this was because they didn't lose their more human traits. While Lisa would often offer incredibly profound opinions and talk at an analytical level above more 30 year olds she was still a young girl. In other occasions Lisa would still be facing issues that a little girl would face.
An example of this would be the episode "Lisa's Substitute" where Lisa develops a young crush on her substitute only to have her dad embarrass her in front of him and to watch him go. At the end, as her father cheers her up by performing a monkey dance, we see that deep down, even deeper than her intelligence, is just a sweet little girl similar in many ways to one you would meet at any playground. It is this connection that makes us care about this tyke genius. The same thing can be said for Daria but I won't go into it.
Lucy was completely lacking in this. While she did have something that made her exceptional (anything involving hell or the devil) I didn't notice her showing a real human side. Where was the confidence issues? Where was the worry about school, body image issues, balancing her boyfriend and her female friends? She may have dealt with some of these issues but in most cases they were quick-fixes.
If the joke is that the daughter of the devil is really mundane, then make her problems mundane too. Don't make some formulaic garbage so that undergrads can fill out their fantasy of meeting a really cool, laid back musician who just happens to be really important but way too humble to care. Save the fantasies for the RomComs.