By Jordan Magrath
With two episodes proceeding “Episode Seven,” “Luck” would be expected to start the wheels in motion for the finale. Although the show has been pretty slow up to this point, I still expected the remnants of a finale to surface. In some cases, we definitely got that. In other cases, it is still to be determined.
I’m going to do things a little bit differently this week and split the plot up into sub-sections, since we’re still dealing with pretty different groups (and plots).
In The Stables:
Escalante had been one of my favorite characters in the first couple of episodes, but I couldn’t understand that up to “Episode Seven’s” beginning. He’d been a jerk to everyone, and although he obviously cares for horses, we didn’t see the emotional connection Walter had been showing. However, he upped his likability by taking in a boy with an unloving father. We’ll see where this goes…
However, the conclusion of the episode shows that he will be a father. “Luck” can now be added to the long list of shows that use a pregnancy as a plot point. Don’t worry though, there are some great shows on that list.
As for Walter, he had the significant plot this week. After blowing up last week when Rosie resorted to her whip, he was trying to choose between her and Ronnie (Gary L. Stevens). Ultimately he goes with Ronnie. I’ve liked Walter a lot up to this point. He really likes horses (shown by his anger towards Rosie), but he also seemed to really value her. Going with Ronnie goes directly again this.
Rosie, waiting for Walter’s decision, hires Joey as her agent. This is his only real contribution to “Episode Seven”.
Leon continues to deal with weight issues and rides a horse that ends up rupturing a tendon. As for his character, I could care less about him. He is bidding for time with guys that are just much more powerful.
The 4-A Crew
Yes, these guys spend a lot of time in the stables, but I feel like they are their own entity. From week to week, they are the guys I care about the most. It’s nice that they have a name now, so I can quit calling them the “Pick Six” group or the “Rat Pack.”
Jerry decides to enter a poker tournament so that he can win his way to The World Series of Poker. While we’ve seen the destructive nature of his gambling, there is no doubt we all wanted him to win. It was nice to see him be successful, even if this feeds his addiction. Also, being such a likable guy (for some reason), made his little romantic fling smile-inducing.
Lonnie decides to claim his own horse, which ends up being the horse that Leon rides to a ruptured tendon. We can’t really fault Lonnie for trying his own thing, but he’s not likely to do it again after this money-waster.
The other two are just there for moral support this week.
“Luck” has been noticeably non-violent. The only blood we’ve seen has been horse blood. I welcomed the difference, but expected the violence to eventually arrive. I expected it to be used well, too.
When Nathan Israel (Patrick J. Adams) went back to the boat, he was surprisingly clocked twice across the face by a glass ashtray. Wow! The violence was used well. However, I can’t help but feel a little overwhelmed (or confused) on what is going on. There is obviously a rift between the boat dudes and Ace. What is it though? How will he respond now? The second question matters the most, I think.
Speaking of Ace, he continued to have a cutesy romance with Claire. He got to see the inmate-horse program. As for character and emotional development, Ace is growing more with each episode.
It’ll be fun to see how ruthless Ace can be when he finds out about Israel. This contradiction to his horse-loving self could build to an interesting finale. However, the one-shot plot lines that consumed most of the episode made me equally as skeptical.