Ella’s story in Lucifer season 6 echoes Teela in Masters of the Universe: Revelation but Miss Lopez had a perfect resolution that reaffirmed her.
Lucifer season 6’s arc for Ella Lopez (Aimee Garcia) has similarities to Teela’s (Sarah Michelle Gellar) story in Masters of the Universe: Revelation but Lucifer executed and resolved it much better than Netflix’s controversial He-Man show. Lucifer season 5 left Miss Lopez as the only adult in the Devil’s inner circle who wasn’t clued in that Lucifer Morningstar (Tom Ellis) really is the former ruler of Hell and that many of Ella’s friends are also celestial beings. Miss Lopez figured it all out for herself in Lucifer season 6 and her revelation that her closest friends deceived her for years left Ella understandably hurt.
Ella Lopez’s story has obvious echoes to Teela in Masters of the Universe: Revelation. Kevin Smith’s continuation made Teela the main character who learns that she was the only one of He-Man’s (Chris Wood) squad who didn’t know the Eternian powerhouse was really Prince Adam. Teela finally learned the truth in the first episode of Masters of the Universe: Revelation and her reaction was anger. Teela quit her new role as Man-At-Arms and unleashed her fury on the king and queen of Eternia after He-Man/Adam was killed fighting Skeletor (Mark Hamill). Teela ended up leading a mission with her new friends and old enemies like Evil-Lyn (Lena Headey) to bring Prince Adam back from Preternia, only to have Skeletor resurrect as well and steal the power of Greyskull to become Skelegod. But Teela’s bitter portrayal was one of Revelation’s aspects many longtime fans found controversial and they disliked how Teela behaved throughout the first half of Masters of the Universe: Revelation season 1.
Like Teela, Ella Lopez was also deeply hurt when she realized her friends were lying to her. But Ella, one of the most intelligent people in Lucifer, also pieced together the truth about the Devil, Amenadiel (D.B. Woodside), and even God (Dennis Haysbert) herself. A deeply religious and spiritual person, Ella could feel that God was no longer in Heaven because He wasn’t; God left Lucifer’s universe to join the Goddess (Tricia Helfer), His wife, in the universe she ruled. Miss Lopez began noticing strange local and global phenomena that made her suspect the world was ending, but she also realized all the times Lucifer literally told her he was the Devil were true all along. Thanks to her own detective work, Ella assembled a flowchart determining Lucifer was the Devil, Amenadiel was an angel, and her conclusions came remarkably close to the whole truth. But this only left Miss Lopez hurt and confused as to why her friends lied to her.
At Mazikeen’s (Lesley-Ann Brandt) wedding to Eve (Inbar Lavi), Ella could now clearly see the obvious about her friends, and that the late Dan Espinoza (Kevin Alejandro) is now a ghost. Fueled by alcohol and resentment, Miss Lopez finally revealed that she knew the truth about the Devil. But the way Lucifer handled Ella finally exploding on her friends was also understandable and relatable, and it was easy to feel for why Miss Lopez was so hurt by all of their lies and why she believed they thought so little of her for deceiving her.
But compared to Teela, who let her anger define her, Ella didn’t burn her bridges or wallow in her resentment. And, most importantly, Lucifer and the others quickly realized how much they hurt one of their closest friends, and they took steps to make it up to her. The Devil not only took the time to personally reaffirm to Ella that she is one of the most special people he’s ever met in his eternal lifetime, but Lucifer donated millions of dollars to establish a STEM foundation in Miss Lopez’s name to support young people learning science, technology, engineering, and math. It was a beautiful gesture and the Devil’s way to help Ella ensure that there are more Miss Lopezes in the world.
It remains to be seen how Masters of the Universe: Revelation part 2 will resolve Teela’s issues with He-Man and her friends but it will be hard to top the perfect way Lucifer allowed Ella Lopez the agency to discover the truth about the Devil for himself, the sympathetic way the endearing Miss Lopez handled her hurt feelings, and how Lucifer personally apologized to Ella, made amends, and reassured Miss Lopez that she is loved and is one of the most important people in Lucifer.