LIGHTS OUT “Bolo Punch” Review

LIGHTS OUT Bolo Punch (FX)

LIGHTS OUT “Bolo Punch” Season 1 Episode 4 – This episode found Lights dealing more with his financial crisis and finally confiding in his wife as Johnny gets himself into even more trouble and Omar looks for money which does not exist.

“I’m not a boxer.” That is what Omar told Lights as he, deflated and defeated, walked out of the Leary gym at the end of the episode. Lights did not try to stop or comfort him because what Omar said was true: he could have gotten up at the end of the fight in last week’s episode, but he did not want to. Lights cannot relate to quitting. You could argue that Lights is a desperate man, but I think that would describe his brother Johnny. Johnny found himself in a scrap over his gambling debts. Sure, he gave a good fight, but it reeked of desperation. On a shield over the ring is the phrase: “Pain Is Temporary, Pride Is Forever.” Lights is a proud man. It showed in his match with the world class MMA fighter, who he defeated not due to superior strength or skill (that guy moved like a snake!) but because he got a lucky shot to the guy’s throat. He refused to go down. But the moment which better demonstrates Lights’ character and Holt McCallany’s power as the protagonist was the scene at the start of the episode when Omar draws a gun. The other characters flinched. Lights did not even bat an eye.

Theresa finally found out about the financial problems, which totally works in her favour. The idea that, up until this point she was completely passive and ignorant where the family’s fortunes were concerned is infuriating (yes, I know: Lights deceived her. But, $12,000,000, really?) At least Daniella’s curiosity makes her a potentially interesting character. I just hope the writers figure out better storylines for their female characters; Breaking Bad had the same issue and we were stuck watching an affluent 40 year old shoplifting for half of the first season.

This episode also brought Lights and Brennan closer together, which can only mean trouble in the future. I like that the show is not rushing back to the murdered baker storyline, instead taking its sweet, sweaty time with developing storylines.

One last note, I mentioned Breaking Bad above. Breaking Bad has excellent meth-making montages. Likewise, Lights Out has brilliant, visceral fight scenes. It’s a testament to the quality of the crew and McCallany that the fight scenes can make you genuinely concerned for Lights, despite knowing that any serious injury would bring about the end of the series.

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