There are lots of things you can do with $2 million, and not all of them are necessarily sound investments.  The four men who scooped that $2 million in the first episode of Luck are all finding this out in different ways.  Two of them, Jerry and Lonnie have wasted chunks of their winnings on cards and women respectively, while Marcus and Renzo are being more careful.  But together they have decided they want to buy a horse, and are looking to buy one from a local trainer who beat Renzo to him in an earlier auction.  Jerry is sent to negotiate with him, but finds it hard to strike a deal, at least not without buying a rusty bbq too.

Meanwhile, Ace Bernstein returns to the offices of his investment company to attend a board meeting.  In a room where everyone knows who Ace is and what he expects to hear, a young securities trader is oblivious to this, voicing his thoughts on what Ace is looking for, to the surprise of everyone else in the room.  Ace is partly intrigued and partly annoyed by the kid (Nathan Israel, played by Patrick J. Adams), and arranges a meeting with him, which Gus also attends.

At the track, Walter has chosen veteran rider Ronnie Jenkins to run Gettin’up Morning, and he attends the draw for his horse’s first race.  He’s disappointed when he gets drawn on the inside, knowing there’s a chance the horse will get boxed in and lose the chance to win.

There’s a lot going on in Luck, and it isn’t a show that makes things easy for the viewer.  For that reason, it’s hard for me to say whether I am really enjoying it or not.  It obviously has a lot of great talent involved on both sides of the cameras, but there’s not enough information being relayed to the viewer to really give you an opinion of the characters you’re watching.  Who are you supposed to root for, and who are you supposed to dislike?  The characters in the show do seem to be complex, with all of them having positive and negative traits, and probably a lot of skeletons in their closets.  But there’s little effort on the part of the writers to show who they really are, what agendas they really have.

The multiple plot-lines in Luck do all seem to be linked together in some way, but the show is being very slow when it comes to revealing what those links are.  Previews of what is to come in the first season suggest things will heat up, but they will have to start happening soon if Luck is to become a success.

David Dougan

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