The gym has come on hard times and there seems to be only one way out of the whole, a new fighter named Omar and a title shot that’s only two weeks away. But the problem is that he doesn’t actually have the fight yet. It will be up to Johnny to secure Omar’s place in the ring.

But Omar is a cocky son of a bitch, and it will be up to Lights and Pops to guide him down the path to success before he gets his clocked cleaned for good.

Review: “Lie, cheat, steal, I don’t give a shit. We just have to survive now.”

I’m no liar. As I said in my last two reviews, episode three is where things really start to pick up. “The Shot” feels like the first episode that has a self contained story to tell and everything that led up to this point was all introduction. This is the first time that we really see the writers try to tell something in the episodic form. But perhaps the greatest part about “The Shot” is that Lights takes a back seat to a much more compelling story line in the episode.

It was nice to see the show take a break from the family drama, and instead follow a traditional boxing story and re-establish where the roots of the show lie. But it’s not enough just to do it, you have to do it well. And well, the show pulled off the story of Omar with grace, and apparent ease.

I think the best part is when Lights forces Omar to accept that the fact that he has nothing but himself to get him through this fight. It really helps to establish the power and gravitas Lights carries with him throughout the series. But just when you think everything is going to end happily ever after for Omar, he resorts back to his old ways and loses his title fight.

This is something Lights Out has been doing really well, and I bet will continue to do well. It refuses to pull punches. You will feel sorry for these characters and you will watch them fail.

This episode also delivered some of the best we’ve seen from Stacy Keach in the series so far. My hope is that we get an episode focused on Pops sooner, rather than later. As Warren Leight said in his interview, Keach is a pro in acting and in life. He lays everything he has out on the table, even if he only has two minutes of screen time. A round of applause for the man is needed after this episode. Because without Keach, the Omar story line would of completely fallen apart.

Final thoughts: The best episode of the series so far.

Episode: “The Shot” (Season 1, Episode 3)

Airs: FX, Tuesdays, 10pm

What’s next: Unknown.

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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