Lights Out – Episode 1-12 Review

Like everyone else, I was saddened last week to hear that Lights Out was canceled. Admittedly, I was more bummed when Terriers was canceled, but it still hurts when  complex television  (relative to most shows) is canceled.

“Sucker Punch” disappointed me, in part because it is the penultimate episode of the series. Out of nowhere, Lights’s mother, who is barely mentioned, shows up and becomes the focus of the episode. It’s good for the most part, allowing Lights to draw to line between helping family and knowing a lost cause, but it’s just not material suited for the second to last episode of the series. And yes, I know the episode was made before the cancellation; my feelings on the episode largely come from the knowledge that there will only be one more episode after this. (In contrast, the Shameless season finale was quite muted, but it was renewed, so I didn’t have that much of a problem.)

There aren’t really any shocking twists or cliffhangers going into the final episode. The boxing plot is facilitated by the big players in the background, Barry and, mostly importantly, Brennan. At first the line is heavily in favor of Reynolds, because people think Lights will throw the fight, and Barry is unhappy, wanting to be seen as a clean promoter. Brennan is somehow involved in all this, getting shot at and then sending an ambulance to Reynolds’s house to gin up scare. The result is that Barry gets the odds he wants and Brennan declares he will defeat Barry in the shell game they’re playing.

Score: 8.5/10

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