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, “Fracture”

Again, this is my review of the episode when it aired on DirecTV, reposted here for your convenience and enjoyment.  This is obvious and I also tweeted it when I was watching the episode a few days ago, but my goodness Kyle Chandler has been devastatingly great this season. He’s always fantastic and it was nice to see him…… Continue reading Friday Night Lights, “Fracture”

Season/Series Finale — The Chicago Code, “Mike Royko’s Revenge”

I’ll be perfectly honest with you dear readers: I stopped watching The Chicago Code three or four weeks ago. With the end of the semester and various other things weighing me down, I had to free up some time and ditch Code was one of the things that helped me do that. I let episodes…… Continue reading Season/Series Finale — The Chicago Code, “Mike Royko’s Revenge”

Checking in with Friday Night Lights Season Five

Again, these posts were written during the DirecTV run. They’re being reposted here now. I haven’t written about FNL in a while (I think since episode three) because of odd scheduling and also because I’ve been a little frustrated with things. It’s not that season five has been bad, I just didn’t feel like the…… Continue reading Checking in with Friday Night Lights Season Five

Surveillance Spring Stumping: Why FOX should renew The Chicago Code

It’s May, which means we’re very close to the network upfronts. Choices about which series live and which series die are probably being made right now by all the major networks. This of course means it’s time for fans and critics to start stumping for their favorite series stuck on the bubble between cancellation and…… Continue reading Surveillance Spring Stumping: Why FOX should renew The Chicago Code

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”

Friday Night Lights, “On The Outside Looking In”

Again, this is my review from the DirecTV run of FNL that I’m reposting here for those of you watching on NBC’s schedule. Enjoy. After my reaction to last week’s premiere episode that succeeded mostly when focusing on the departure of old favorites, I was particularly interested in watching “On The Outside Looking In” to…… Continue reading Friday Night Lights, “On The Outside Looking In”

The Chicago Code, “St. Valentine’s Day”

This review is going to be short, not a lot of time this afternoon. If The Chicago Code is going to succeed in the long-term, it has to do one of two things: A.) Either make Delroy Lindo’s Gibbons the most intelligent and cunning corrupt politician of all-time (and thus impossible to catch) or B.)…… Continue reading The Chicago Code, “St. Valentine’s Day”

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”

The Chicago Code, “Wild Onions”

Heat wave episodes are fun. It’s a go-to gimmick for television series, but one of the better ones. “The heat makes people do crazy things!” is an easy, but effective premise to start building an episode around, especially on a police drama that requires people to do crazy things on a weekly basis. The Chicago…… Continue reading The Chicago Code, “Wild Onions”

The Chicago Code, “The Gold Coin Kid”

I thought this was going to a 200-word blurb before class, but it ended up being much longer. First of all, I really like this series. A lot. I think that it still has some kinks to work out, but I’m really hoping that FOX sees the value and is willing to let it continue…… Continue reading The Chicago Code, “The Gold Coin Kid”

The Chicago Code, “Cabrini-Green”

The Chicago Code is so close to becoming a really great television series, but every week there are some random shortcuts or plot issues that bring individual episodes down just enough to annoy or frustrate me. This week’s effort, “Cabrini-Green,” is absolutely no different. There is so much to like about Code. I think all…… Continue reading The Chicago Code, “Cabrini-Green”

The Chicago Code, “Hog Butcher”

As I and other, real critics like to talk about, second episodes are tricky, especially for series’ with a lot going on. Pilots are intended to hook the viewers in with great characters, big moments and a nice, established world, but when the second episode rolls around, it’s time to really think about what the…… Continue reading The Chicago Code, “Hog Butcher”

Series Premiere — The Chicago Code, “Pilot”

Because Shawn Ryan’s new police drama on FOX was up for the network’s fall schedule last spring, it feels like we’ve been talking about and waiting for The Chicago Code (formerly Ride-Along) for a very long time and the anticipation has been building. This has probably only been compounded by the fact that Shawn Ryan’s other…… Continue reading Series Premiere — The Chicago Code, “Pilot”