LIGHTS OUT “Combinations” Review

LIGHTS OUT Combinations Episode 6 (FX)

LIGHTS OUT “Combination” Season 1 Episode 6 – Lights is seeing double as his dementia and a poke in the eye hinder his vision. He is still living away from his wife, who is still very much the harpy shrew who makes his good for nothing brother look like a chivalric prince.

Lights Out has been pretty underrated for the quality it has given week to week. It is not the greatest show ever, it wouldn’t even crack the top ten right now, but it is a damn sight more enjoyable and more engaging than most of the junk on television. I suppose for any television show, any movie, to work it has to have three things: cast, writing and directing. Sure, it can have special effects and dazzling gadgets and musical montages, but without the triad of storytelling, it is flawed. It’s not guarantee success, but with those components it has a fighting chance.

Unfortunately, Lights Out has its weaknesses in the cast. The writing, both dialogue and plot, has been solid and the directing has been top notch, but the problem is with the cast and primarily with the female characters with the exception of the middle daughter Daniela (who was conspicuously and annoyingly absent in this episode-not that she has to be in every episode, but there were weird bits like Lights brought his daughters to mass…oh, wait, except Daniela. We don’t need to know where she is: she’s a character, not product placement.) The reporter (Mike Fumosa) is pretty much a blatant plot device with no gravitas, letting McCallany’s Lights steal his scenes and render him no more than a stereotypical hungry journalist who serves as no more than a foil for Lights.

This episode was solid, but it felt like a filler. Training montages (and really, who doesn’t love a good training montage?) and Stacy Keach aside, the episode was pretty forgettable and interchangeable with any of the others. Car crash hooker? Really?

Keach’s role as Lights’ father has finally grown. He showed his sport’s dad side, and the bar scene revealed the effect his pressure has had on his sons. Taunting Lights for wimping out of a fight showed just how callous he could be. I’m excited to see more of Papa Lights.

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