Five months ago, March to be specific, it was announced that season 2 of Lucifer would end up being 18 episodes with the last four moved to season 3. This seemed odd, but the network explained that with how they had moved things around, they ran out of scheduled time for the episodes to run. Fans were a little upset by the shorted episodes, but looked forward to a longer third season… but they were also concerned that taking the four 'stand-alone' episodes out of the second season might screw up the season finale where Lucifer (Tom Ellis) wakes in the desert with his wings restored.
According to co-showrunner Joe Henderson, fans need not worry. He told TVline:
The first couple of episodes are entirely new and pick up right where season 2 left off.
Henderson went on to say:
We had a really good feeling that these four standalone episodes would be in Season 3, so we started building them with that in mind. What these episodes do is begin new story for our characters. There's an episode that's Maze-centric — sort of like our take on James Bond, if he was a female demon assassin — so when that episodes airs, we'll start a whole bunch of story for Maze's character. Similarly, an episode in which a case takes Lucifer and Ella (Aimee Garcia) to Las Vegas starts a bunch of story for Ella and for Chloe (Lauren German).
The third focuses on Dr. Linda (Rachael Harris) going through something very dramatic and the fifth is a flashback episode to when Lucifer arrived in Los Angeles. They won't be shown all at once, but rather mixed in to launch certain aspects of the overall season.
Henderson really likes these episodes because they are different than the normal episode:
What I love about them is that when we found out we would be doing these, we told Warner Bros. and Fox, 'We're going to go a little crazy on these. We're going to break format a little bit, were going to screw around a little bit.' The result was some of our most interesting episodes to date. They're very much still our show, but they're like the episodes of The X-Files that were a little strange, goofy or dark — very much the show, but flexing a very different muscle.
Lucifer returns Monday, October 2nd to Fox.