Lights’ financial troubles are taking a major toll on his family, and things have reached a breaking point. The choice is clear for him and Theresa: fight or lose everything that they’ve worked for. But there’s a hitch, and thanks to Johnny getting Lights’ come back fight off the ground is going to be a lot harder that anyone realized. Lights will have to work outside the system if he’s going to be able to get anything done, and by episode’s end the truth will be known and Lights’ decision will be made… whether he likes it or not.
Review: “C’mon Lights, you a prize fighter. Fight for the prize”
But what is that prize? Is it money, fame, the chance to reclaim a once lost livelihood? No, the prize for Lights is his family. Or rather, his personal family. His girls, his wife, the people that don’t need/want him to fight in order to make them happy. These four women are the ones that give him the drive to do what he does. And now that he has been thrown out of his house by Theresa, I can only imagine that the prize looks that much more golden.
I have a strong suspicion that this episode is the turning point. From this point forward the show will be about Lights, Pops, and maybe Johnny. Let’s be honest, that’s where the story has been a long. This triad of characters is where the heart and soul of the series lies. Light’s struggle back to the top is only made harder by the fact that he has to carry Johnny and Pops on his back while climbing the mountain.
But beyond the obvious, this episode also gave us some amazing character moments, especially for Lights. My personal favorite of which is when Lights confronts Barry in the restaurant. You can see the fire in Lights’ eyes and how hard he’s struggling to keep from knocking out Word right there and then. That’s what a well written and fully developed character looks like people.
These last five week’s have been spent establishing Light’s life, all the elements that make him who he is. That scene, that moment, is the culmination for everything we have seen so far, and everything from this point forward will be what we’ve been waiting for… the comeback.
And a quick comment on the acting in this episode, I am loving the villain of Barry Word that Reg E. Cathey has created for the show. Barry is one of the few characters in TV who’s evil but fun to watch. Just the right amount of cheese and over-the-top cocky attitude to make you fear him, yet find him compelling. A man with really dark undertones, yet seems as thought he could carry a family of his own.
Final thoughts: A turning point for the season.
Episode: “The Comeback” (Season 1, Episode 5)
Airs: FX, Tuesdays, 10pm
What’s next: Unknown
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