LIGHTS OUT “Rainmaker” Review

LIGHTS OUT Rainmaker FX

LIGHTS OUT “Rainmaker” Season 1 Episode 11 – Jerry the Rainmaker is a boxer suffering with boxer’s dementia. Margaret cleverly forces an encounter between the Rainmaker and Lights for two reasons: so Lights can help Jerry out, and so Lights can be reminded of how boxer’s dementia causes the mind to deteriorate to the point where Jerry has to write everything down on a notepad (the string tying the notepad to his trousers was a nice touch).

I actually liked the opening fourth of July scene. For a show which places a lot of emphasis on the importance of family, the family rarely spends time with each other. Even something as trivial as the bemusement of Ava’s confusion between lawyer and barrister was about ten times more effective than Lights’ stale mantra “I’m doing this for my family”.

This was a mixed bag of an episode. Lights’ criminal escapades in the first two episodes have finally caught up with him, but this is episode eleven. It’s been over eight weeks and the presence of the police feels somewhat shoehorned in. I like ruthless characters. They’re far more intriguing than the noble heroes, so I loved the ending. Holt McCallany has a likable quality that makes it easy to forget that Lights has done some really crappy things: he broke a man’s arm, he became Brennan’s bribe guy, he blackmailed his fourteen year old daughter into keeping his illness a secret, and now he organized for the Rainmaker to beat up the councillor, the only one who can link him to any criminal wrongdoings. Lights is a ruthless guy. He is an excellent character.

Word on the internet is that FX is not keen to pick up Lights Out for a second season. I hope they reconsider. Lights Out has had a season which has been all over the place, but there are countless shows that really found their footing in the second season, once the chemistry onscreen and off was given enough time to gell. Lights Out is a good television show. Give it a year, and it has the potential to be great.

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