It’s been a few days and Lights has had a chance to collect himself after putting a beating on some bar patrons and a dentist. But one of those actions is about to return to bite him right in the ass.

At the same time, a reporter will attempt to uncover the truth of Light’s troubles, and Lights will be forced to resort to some, not so ethical means to fix the problem he’s created.

And at least one member of his family will learn a secret that Lights didn’t want anyone to find out.

Review: This episode was not at the level of the pilot, but it was still very well written. I think the biggest complaint comes from an editing stand-point. In the pilot, one of the ways the production team tried to put us into Light’s mind set was to have a bunch of jump cuts that portrayed the damaged in his brain. None of that was in this episode, and I think the show took a hit for it.

But enough of the complaints; this was a great episode as a character piece. This is the episode where we really get to dive into Light’s life. The pilot was more of an introduction to everyone, nothing really happens beyond that. But this episode gave us a plethora of new conflicts and new characters.

It introduced us to the infamous Brennan, a “businessman” that will play a much larger role as the series progresses. It’s through Brennan that we get to explore the organized crime part of this series. Seeing all the people Brennan has in his back pocket, from DAs to Police Officers, he’s clearly a man you don’t want to cross.

We were also introduced to reporter Mike Fumosa. What strikes me as most interesting about Fumosa is that he doesn’t seem like he’s out to hurt Lights like reporters are typically portrayed in TV and movies. It’s not until being shot down by Lights for a quote three times in a row that he takes matters into his own hands. He wants to work with Leary, and Leary is just not giving the man a chance. I’ll be interested to see where this dynamic goes as the series progresses.

Now that we got that all out of the way, allow me to take a moment and provide the writing team with a standing ovation of that ending. It’s just one of those hooks that comes completely out of left field and causes a momentary reaction of “whaaa?” I can’t wait to see what will come of it next week.

And while I don’t have much to say on it, I do like the introduction of the conflict involving Light’s daughter learning of his illness.

Final thoughts: Stunning ending to a decent episode.

Episode: “Cakewalk” (Season 1, Episode 2)

Airs: FX, Tuesdays, 10pm

What’s next: Lights, on the eve of his fortieth birthday, struggles to reach a young fighter who may be the Leary gym’s best hope of a champion since Lights retired.

To listen to the latest episode of Merrill’s TV Podcast, The Idiot Boxers with Kevin Carr, head over to Fat Guys at the Movies.


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