Luck “Episode Four” Review

Episode four of Luck really brought David Milch’s vision into focus. Until now, I had wondered several times what connects all of these people that we see at the Santa Anita racetrack. This week really showed us what I had suspected all along: It’s the track. The track is a place where magic still occurs for these people. It doesn’t matter if you are a wide-eyed, inexperienced rider or an old, fragile horse owner and trainer, the track can be a place where something beautiful and unique can happen daily.

The beautiful and unique event occurred during the first race for Walter Smith’s promising colt Gettin’ Up Morning. Thanks to injury and weight issues, Gettin’ Up Morning has been given to Rosie who has returned from Portland for the honor. While the scene is masterfully shot, scored, and put together, the real beauty of the scene comes in watching those watching the race. Walter Smith cheered with everything that his old body would allow. Joey the jockey agent watched intently and fearfully as he recognized what Rosie’s win did to his jockeys chances of earning the mount atop Gettin’ Up Morning. Finally, there was the look of wonder in the eye of Marcus. Marcus seems to have been reborn at the track in the last few episodes. Between the pure joy he experiences in feeding his horse carrots and watching Gettin’ Up Morning unexpectedly win the race, Marcus is experiencing the best that the track can offer a man. Most likely, these are the best days he has had in quite some time. Read More... 


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Feb 24, 2012 11:03AM EST

I found the show to be intense and down right scary.

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