It’s only been a couple weeks with Ed Romeo but Lights can already feel a new energy within him, and boy is he gonna need it. But not for boxing… his family and his higher ups are going to force Lights to choose between winning and promotion, and by the end of the episode both of them are going to come back to bite him in the ass.
Death Row Reynolds’ personal life with also be put in the spotlight, and he too will have to start choosing between his family and his career.
Review: If Eamonn Walker does not get an Emmy nod for his role as Ed Romeo later this year, I’m going to be pissed. This has got to be not only one of the best sports characters ever written, but possibly one of the best TV characters ever written.
Now don’t get me wrong, I totally understand why many people would look at Ed Romeo and see the magical African-American friend cliche. But personally, I look at Ed Romeo and see him speaking to a way of thinking that extends far beyond the sport of boxing. I see a man speaking to a higher level of life understanding. The only way to achieve anything in this life is to do it for yourself, not for the people around you. The only way Lights will become the boxer he once was or better is when he starts doing it for Lights and not the Leary Family.
And the actual training sequences are masterful to say the least. Every time Lights transitions from the tires to the bag, the camera flows along with him. It’s the small touches like that that I really appreciate from the production team. The writers are clearly never losing sight of the fact that without Lights there is no conflict, and I am loving every second of it.
I also like that we’re getting to see some more of Death Row now. His home, his loving wife, his child, I would be willing to be anything that this was the man Lights once was when his first daughter was born. A man with the world in the palm of his hands, a man who doesn’t see the wizard, just a never ending yellow brick road.
As for the end of the episode, mark this down as another time a TV show was able to throw me for a loop. I expected that we were going to see the end of Romeo’s life at the end of this episode. Instead, we saw the show’s lead get put into life altering jeopardy at the hands of the person that has been using him as a golden goose since day one. Next week is going to be interesting to say the least.
Final thoughts: A great episode of Lights Out.
Episode: “Infight” (Season 1, Episode 9)
Airs: FX, Tuesdays, 10pm
What’s next: An injury puts Lights’ comeback, his health, and even Theresa’s medical career in jeopardy.
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