Review: Lights Out – Rainmaker

It’s been a week since Lights and Death Row went through a glass window courtesy of well, each other. The fight is on and the date is set, but this week Lights has much bigger fish to fry. While on an errand run with his sister, Lights runs into a old friend and retired boxer. But this is no ordinary run in, because this old friend can barely remember what he ate for breakfast that morning.

And things get even worse when Lights learns that one of his “favors” has come back to bite him in the ass.

Review: David… Mother… Fucking… Morse… To this day, I consider this man to be the most versatile actor in Hollywood. Whether it’s a detective with a grudge in House, a Major following orders in The Rock, a SWAT commander in The Negotiator, a serial killer in Disturbia, or a down on his luck boxer in Lights Out, Morse brings his A-game at all times, so of course this episode was no exception.

Through Jerry “The Rainmaker” Rains, the show has brought up a serious issue about the sport of Boxing (and for pretty much all high contact sports), that all those blows do damage that sometimes can’t be detected before it’s too late. I know that they addressed this for a bit in the first five episodes, but now we get to see what’s in store of Lights’s future. A life of lost memories and broken dreams. It’s sad, and only gets sadder as the episode goes on.

But what makes Rains’s dilemma even sadder is how easily he can be manipulated, and not just by anyone, but by Lights himself. Lights, a man who has been the Leary families only real moral back bone for the last eleven weeks (four months in the shows universe), has been sucked into a world of lies and corruption like the rest of his family with this latest stunt. The only question now is, how will this blow back on Leary and the rest of his family?

This episode also gave us a glimpse into the kind of man Hal Brennan really is. He’s a cool, calm and collected man when his plan is running exactly the way it’s supposed to. But throw even the tiniest of monkey wrenches into his well oiled machine, and he’ll become your worst nightmare. Now did he kill anyone in this episode? No. But he didn’t have to, his eyes did all the talking in the scene between him and Lights on the street. I can’t wait to see what he has in store for Lights over the next two weeks.

This episode has set Lights on what I can only imagine is a path of self-destruction, but only time will tell for sure on that one.

Final thoughts: Damn.

Episode: “Rainmaker” (Season 1, Episode 11)

Airs: FX, Tuesdays, 10pm

What’s next: Unknown

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