As much as it's sad to see Lights Out go, the show concluded with what fans had been waiting for all season: the championship fight between Patrick "Lights" Leary and Richard "Death Row" Reynolds.
Unlike their previous fight, which had haunted Patrick, this particular match was a fight to the end. There was no winning on points and only a knock out would seal the victory.
The episode title, "War," was fitting.
I was a little shocked at how outmatched Patrick appeared at the outset of the fight. I knew his strategy was to tire Richard out before he made his move, but frankly he just seemed out of his element. Maybe some doubts still hung on his mind, maybe he had a fear of losing, or maybe there were some early fight jitters.
That being said, it was the support of his family and his determination to succeed that pushed him forward towards victory. Mike Fumosa's comment about never quitting, his father and brother in his corner rooting him on, and his wife mouthing the word "Now" showed how important that support system is. The people he needed on his side truly were.And boy, when Patrick came out swinging, his fists must have felt like trucks with the way he was pummeling his opponent. Both of these men are great fighters, but there was a certain heart and zeal behind Patrick. There was more to the fight than just the money.
I applaud that the actual fight lasted a good ten minutes. Shows containing fight sequences of any kind often last barely seconds, but Lights Out gave viewers a real, complete match. There were a few times where I got the feeling of a choreographed fight, but for the most part, the boxing battle was a great payoff.
It is funny though, that where an outcome is supposed to hinge on only the two boxers, that a dirty referee and a paid off doctor could potentially change the course of events. I'm glad it ultimately didn't, but that referee was getting on my nerves with his stopping the fight and making poor calls. I had to remember that this was scripted television, but I was certainly engaged.
Yet, there was more to this episode than just the fight and the most prominent was the confessional scene. Patrick was filled with a sense of remorse for some of his actions on his journey towards the comeback. He's had a heavy emotional weight to bear and viewers were allowed to see another side to him. It was a moment where he could break down and reveal what was going on inside.
As for the United Boxers, it felt a little bland, but I understood its purpose in adding another element for season 2. It's just unfortunate that we'll never get to see where that story was headed. Even the Barry and Hal struggle for control was just bubbling to fruition.
The scene that really hit home for me was after the fight. Watching Patrick stare at the mirror with a confused expression was a sad moment. The worst repercussion had finally hit the champ boxer and he couldn't even recall who won the fight. The fact that he'd come so far, defeated his rival, and saved his family financially, only to be struck with this unfortunate turn of events was heartbreaking.
Patrick has been a solid character worth watching and rooting for and after all of the hardships and turmoil, I actually wished he could have received the perfect happy ending. Thus is life.
And as such, it was bittersweet that it was the series finale. I never thought the show could go on for more than potentially three seasons, but if it had been at least given the chance, the characters would have had more time to develop and grow. There were certainly places the show could go and I can only imagine where Patrick's final moments would have played over into the future.
FX has delivered some fantastic shows that explore human characters and the struggles of life, and Lights Out is no different. While not perfect, it did bring in a unique backdrop and look into the boxing world. In the end, it was the characters that drove the story forward and gave viewers another dramatic family to watch.
It's just a bummer sometimes that good television has to compete with good viewership.
Did you enjoy the series? What did you think of the finale? Sound off below.
Sean McKenna is a TV Fanatic Staff Writer. Follow him on Twitter.Tags: Lights Out, Reviews
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