LIGHTS OUT “Cakewalk” Review

LIGHTS OUT (FX) "Episode 2"

LIGHTS OUT “Cakewalk” Season 1 Episode 2 – After breaking a man’s arm last week, Lights is taken in for questioning by the police in front of his family. His car is repossessed. His daughters are worried and his wife is quick to provide him with a false alibi. He needs money fast but the loan shark Brennan isn’t paying up and his bank account is frozen. Journalists are sniffing around his feet. Then of course there is the impending rematch with Reynolds and his onset dementia. Needless to say, Lights is in quite a fix.

Hopefully Lights Out will improve in ratings because it certainly deserves an audience. Being tentative about watching the second episode is common, because that is where a show generally falters. The second episode of Lights Out certainly did not disappoint. It introduced Lights’ sister who owns a diner and his journalist school friend who is sharp on the trail of his financial difficulties. Then there is the loan shark villain Brennan.

His family is interesting: Lights’ father and brother are two interesting characters and the middle child Daniella has the initiative and intuition to see her father has dementia. It’s nice to see the children are not going to be used as mere emotional pawns. The only problem is the wife, who is at simultaneously overly gullible and irritatingly nagging.

The plot is excellent and the pacing is well done. The acting is uniformly good, with a standout leading man-though no one has had the time to shine. The dialogue is sometimes stiff but it’s far better than the vast majority of shows on television. My favorite moment of the episode had to be the ring fight between Lights and an amateur boxer. It was fantastically directed, with no music and very visceral and exciting feel to it.

The final few seconds opened up the whole show: the assassination of an employee at the Portuguese bakery where Lights picked up a cake box filled with money on behalf of Brennan. The box is to be shared with the DA. What does the assassination of this man mean? This is quickly turning from a boxing and family drama to one with serious criminal overtones. Lights seems to have inadvertently found himself neck deep in a potentially deadly corruption scandal.

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