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I am prompted to post this as an appeal to the world…well Americans with access to FX. I implore you to watch LIGHTS OUT! I have just discovered its ratings are in a dismal state. Given the swift and cruel manner in which the execs at FX axed newcomer ‘Terriers’, I have grave fears for one of my new friends.

This isn’t just a self-interested appeal. It’s inherently altruistic (if entirely unintentionally so). For Lights Out is great television.

Commence Ficus Breakdown. It’s essentially about a retired boxer, ‘Lights’ Leary, a family man who lost the last fight of his career on points. There is general agreement that he in fact deserved to win this fight. Since then, Lights has tried to be a family man but times are tough, money is short. This leads to some less than reputable means of surviving (he tries his hand(s) at debt collecting). The upshot of all this is that he is on track to return to the ring to face the man who unfairly defeated him. End Ficus Breakdown.

Predictable? Yes. Regardless, the execution of the story makes it seem original. There is something about flashbacks, cut sequences and non-linear storytelling that enlivens the soul and invigorates the mind. The performances are top-notch. The accompanying soundtrack assists in creating some truly moving scenes and in forming some ficus fornication for the characters.

In summary, Watch ‘Lights Out’ America. Tuesdays at 10PM on FX

Keep Watching Your Screens

(Especially when’ Lights Out’ is on them)

a concerned and forlorn Ficus

As I prepare to watch this week’s installment (S02E03) I thought I would make this quick recommendation. Watch Misfits. It mixes genre better than most shows; supernatural/drama/comedy.

Based on a simple premise ( a storm gives a a rag-tag bunch of late-teens special powers) the show has blossomed into a very enthralling and original look on youth and young adults. Each power a character received reveals something about who they perceive themselves to be or wish to be; invisibility, the ability to turn back time, the ability to read-minds.

And if that sounds too dark and existential never fear. The humour is rich, especially emanating from this Ficus’s favourite character: Nathan, who though crass, is undeniably a comedy genius.

More interesting than Skins, more deliberate than Heroes, Misfits is the best show you’re not watching.

Recommended for: Ages 15 + and people who like…good television

Keep watching Your Screens.

-Ficus Out