#TVFail Entry 12: Friday Night Lights, “Last Days of Summer”

The accused: Friday Night Lights, “Last Days of Summer” (Season 2, Episode 1) The crime: Releasing Landry the Killer onto the world, running away from the things that made the series so previously successful Television’s failures are supposed to be obvious. From the overhyped non-starters that flop from the very beginning (hello, FlashForward, Lone Star) … Continue reading #TVFail Entry 12: Friday Night Lights, “Last Days of Summer”

Series Finale — Friday Night Lights, “Always”

One LAST TIME, this is the review I wrote during FNL's DirecTV run. I will be completely honest with you, I've avoided reviewing the last handful of episodes of Friday Night Lights because it's just been too damn hard to let go. From "Fracture" onward, I've basically been left in a heaping ball of my … Continue reading Series Finale — Friday Night Lights, “Always”

Clear eyes, full hearts: Ranking the top 25 episodes of Friday Night Lights

Note: I posted this list right before the Friday Night Lights finale aired for the first time on DirecTV. I'm re-posting it now just in case you're watching on the NBC schedule. No spoilers, but the finale, "Always," would be at or near the top of the list had I edited it.  Tomorrow night, Friday Night … Continue reading Clear eyes, full hearts: Ranking the top 25 episodes of Friday Night Lights

Friday Night Lights, “The Right Hand of the Father”

Again, this is the review from the DirecTV run. And because of my packed schedule back then, it's also the last one for a few weeks. I might find time to write new reviews for the next few episodes, but probably not. Sometimes, amid the top-notch acting, rock-solid writing and professional direction, we forget that … Continue reading Friday Night Lights, “The Right Hand of the Father”

Season premiere — Friday Night Lights, “Expectations”

Ed note: I wrote this review during the DirecTV run of Friday Night Light's final season, but am moving it to the front page to coincide with the premiere on NBC tonight. I hope you enjoy the season, it is tremendous.  Pardon the pun, but coming into Friday Night Lights‘ fifth and final season, we as an audience … Continue reading Season premiere — Friday Night Lights, “Expectations”

Season Premiere — Friday Night Lights, “Expectations”

Pardon the pun, but coming into Friday Night Lights' fifth and final season, we as an audience have certain expectations. Because this is the final season, we expect some sense of closure for the characters we've loved for five seasons (and in some cases, less than that). Though we know many of the original Dillon … Continue reading Season Premiere — Friday Night Lights, “Expectations”

Friday Night Lights, “I Can’t”

Last week, I assumed that Becky's pregnancy would surely be given its time in the limelight in future episodes. But I was pleasantly surprised that the series had enough gumption to embrace and examine the possibilities of teen abortion, especially on a major broadcast television network. Of course, I'm not saying that abortions are right … Continue reading Friday Night Lights, “I Can’t”

Friday Night Lights, “The Lights of Carroll Park”

Despite its ability to tell stories that are extremely personal and full of emotion, sometimes Friday Night Lights makes me cringe just a little when it gets into racially charged tales. Let me be clear: I'm totally happy that the series expanded the universe of Dillon, Texas in season four so that it can tell … Continue reading Friday Night Lights, “The Lights of Carroll Park”