Can Fan Petitions Save “Lucifer” From Cancellation?

Matthew Loffhagen
Fox
(Photo: Fox)

Anyone who’s seen the season four finale for “Lucifer” will know that the show ends on something of a cliffhanger.

I don’t want to go too far into spoilers here, but if you try to imagine the most unfulfilling possible ending to a show, you’re not far off here.

No closure. No satisfying end to any of the main characters’ story arcs. Plenty of dangling threads.

This season finale wasn’t supposed to end the show. Instead, it sounds like the creators of “Lucifer” deliberately created an ending to season four that was so shocking, they figured the network couldn’t possible cancel their show.

That didn’t go as expected, as now the series will forever remain unfinished, as fans are left in the lurch.

According to co-showrunner Ildy Modrovich:

“We had no idea that we wouldn’t get a chance to wrap up our story in some way. In other words, we figured at the very least, we’d get a short order. Which is why we created such a cliffhanger. …We really are sorry to our fans if we won’t be able to explore the fall out of [the season finale].”

Well, great. Turns out this big cliffhanger backfired.

Naturally, this has lead fans to wish they could know what comes next, and the petitions are appearing.

One Change.org petition has, at the time of writing, amassed nearly 175,000 signatures, which is an impressive number – but probably not enough to make anyone at Fox take notice.

Save Lucifer Petition
Source: Change.org

It’s become a standard part of the narrative surrounding cancelled shows that fans fight to keep their beloved stories alive in some other form. Sometimes this works, and sometimes, it doesn’t.

I’m not particularly hopeful that any such online movement will save this show.

Petition Fatigue

I feel like the first few times fans exploded with outrage over a cancelled series, network executives sat up and listened. Apparently, they’d misjudged the power of the fandom they’d just screwed over, and they figured it might be worth trying to save the show.

But, a vocal fanbase doesn’t necessarily translate into viewing numbers. I think the classic example of this is “Firefly”. Despite the efforts of a very outspoken fanbase, when the show returned in the form of the feature length movie “Serenity”, nobody actually bought a ticket. The film bombed at the box office, in spite of the adoration of fans across the internet.

Firefly
Source: Fox

By this point, TV executives and movie studio heads are aware that noise online doesn’t necessarily translate into an increased interest in the show in question.

So I’m not going to hold my breath for any more “Lucifer”, in any form, on any network. I suspect we’ve seen the last of Mr Morningstar, and there’s not much we can do about it.

It’s hard not to feel sympathy for the devil when the true evil in the world can be found flowing out of Fox’s boardroom.

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