The time has come. World War III is upon us. IT’S ON! As Barry Word would say.

Lights and Reynold will step into the ring for one final time to determine who the true champ is and settle the score once and for all.

Both men will sweat. Both men will bleed. And both men will leave everything they have in the ring to know who the king really is. But by the end, the true winner will come forth and be crowned champion for the final time.

Ding! Ding! Ding!

Review: First and foremost, I think we should all be thankful that this episode provides proper closure and does allow the series to serve as a really fantastic 13 episode mini-series. And just because I say closure, that doesn’t mean there weren’t things to ponder. But leaving things in question is different from leaving a cliffhanger.

Lights questioning if he can really call his win against Reynolds a win was a fantastic moment. The fact is, Lights never knocked out Reynolds, the ref called the fight. Just like in the last battle between the two of them, no one really won. Both Lights and Reynolds took each other to the brink, but neither was ready to jump off the cliff and call it a day.

As far as the actual fight goes, I think it would of been better if the ref wasn’t in Barry’s pocket so that it could have been a tried and true throw down for supremacy. But that said, the fight was still very intense. And for all intents and purposes it did live up to the tag line “World War III.”

The second that bell rings, anything goes as far as Lights and Reynolds are concerned. I for one have never really gone for Boxing on screen (fictional or otherwise), but I was truly compelled by this fight. Whether it was when Lights got knocked through the ropes onto the announcer table, or when Lights kept pounding at Reynolds over and over again to the point where he had to tell the ref to call the fight. I felt like I was there with Lights in that moment.

As far as where the series was possibly going beyond this episode, it’s clear that the way the fight ended lends itself to one final battle between Lights and Reynolds that would have ended in someone falling to the ground for those glorious ten seconds.

As far as everything else is concerned with Brennan’s secondary boxing organization, or the reveal that Diablo threw his fight against Lights, I really didn’t care about any of it. This episode was about one thing, a battle between two giants…

And boy did it deliver.

Final thoughts: A great end to a great series.

Episode: “War” (Season 1, Episode 13)

Airs: FX, Tuesdays, 10pm

What’s next: Nothing, the show was not picked up for a second season.

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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