09 February 2011

Friday Night Lights - An Era Ends

Don't worry, NBC-viewers; this is a spoiler-free zone.

As EW astutely put it in their most recent issue, FNL has cranked out five outstanding seasons (four, if you don't count Season Two).  I'm paraphrasing, although they DID include the quip about Season Two (no, really - the second season was awful).

This was a show that wasn't just about football.  It was about family and relationships.  It was about what's right and what's wrong with people and with the world at large.  Although it was set largely in a high school, there was nothing 90210 about it.  While these kids struggled with crushes and how to ask the girl/guy out, they also (at times) had the weight of the world on their shoulders.  It had the right combination of comedy and drama.  It had beautiful scenery, but it wasn't about the Austin landscape (which doubled as the Dillon, Texas, setting).

And the way it was shot, it felt so real.  Kyle Chandler's and Connie Britton's Emmy nominations were long deserved and the Emmy wins for casting and writing are much deserved.

This was quality television, and I shall miss it dearly.  (Although since I have every episode either on DVD or on my TiVo, I shall drop in the residents of Dillon often.)

Clear eyes, full hearts, can't lose.

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