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Friday Night Lights

Discussion in 'Sundry Prime Time Soaps' started by Kenny Coyote, Aug 6, 2019.

  1. Kenny Coyote

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    What a great show Friday Night Lights was. The cast was excellent and the two leads in Kyle Chandler and Connie Britton played a married couple more realistically than any other two people in any TV series have seen. They were the only two members of the cast who appeared in every single episode of the show but even when the cast changed, it was still good. The first few seasons with the original cast are the best.

    You don;t even have to like football to like Friday Night Lights. Coach Eric Taylor teaches his players what football is all about, what it teaches, how it helps the players in all aspects of their lives and prepares them for adulthood. That educates the audience as well so even if you don't know the rules of the game, you'll have a basic understanding of them after watching it.

    The show goes far beyond just being about football. It depicts the personal lives of Eric and Tami Taylor and their daughter Julie Taylor played by the beautiful Aimee Teegarden. It depicts the personal lives of the players on the team and their girlfriends.

    Along with Coach Eric Taylor and his wife Tami Taylor, my other favorite character in the show is Tim Riggins - one of the star players of the team who is the kind of kid you love to have on a team. Even when he comes to practices with hangovers he does everything asked of him. He gives a 100% effort and is just a tough, no-nonsense kind of guy. Coach Taylor describes him as the most courageous player he's ever coached. In this era of overprotected kids who have never been in a fight, play video games more than they play sports, and date online instead of, God forbid, actually going out to places on Friday and Saturday nights where they might actually meet someone, characters like Tim Riggins are sorely needed.
     
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    I just started it. I have read the book (for a book club, would not have been my choice) and then saw the film. I loved both, despite not being a fan of this weird concoction, hardly played by feet, Americans call football (as opposed to real football, which somehow is called soccer here) :D. I always thought the show would also be great, but somehow never got around to it. Now SARS-CoV-2 has slowed everything to a halt, so I have many seasons ahead of me.
     
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    I've tried to watch it on Prime, but I couldn't stomach the shaky cam and the frenetic zoom in/zoom out technique.
     
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    yeah, that is used in many shows in the US to diagnose people with epilepsy :D
     
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    I am sad to hear this!
     
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    So, I finished the first season, and it was such a touching and immersive experience, I took a break after the season finale so as not to have seasons blend into one another. Such a sophisticated, thoughtful, emotionally satisfying show.

    And then I started season two, and already I doubt that I will keep on with it. So many years fans have talked of DYNASTY as the show that had amazing potential and ended up doing everything wrong by the later seasons. Well, it took Friday Night Lights ONE freaking opening episode to go completely off the rails in all directions--all the characters are unrecognizable, insane melodrama plots that have nothing to do with the first season's down-to-earth stories, stories that seem to continue some other show other than the one from last season. And the second episode was no better. Now it is a mystery to me how they got three more seasons after this.
     
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    I wasn't impressed with the beginning of season 2 either, but it gets good again. It's not until season 4 that the show doesn't seem like the same show anymore. They made a change in season 4 that I thought was bad for the show. I still watched and enjoyed the 4th and 5th seasons but the first 3 are the best.
     

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