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Friday Night Lights “Always” Review (5×13)

21 Apr


*This was written several months ago, but I only just got around to posting it.

Take it all in. You’re on the largest field you’ve ever played on. You’re simultaneously in awe and living in the moment, and the crowd’s roaring as you dig your feet into the ground. You can smell the food and the sweat and the grass, and you’re ready to run. The ball’s set down and kicked, and it traces an arc in the air as you look up, seeing it spiral closer and closer and closer. Then, all background noise fades away, and it’s just you, the ball, and your team.

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Friday Night Lights “Texas Whatever” Review (5×12)

11 Oct


“Coach shows up and gives 100%. Every game, every practice. It’s more than just a game to us. Football is our life.”

Friday Night Lights has constantly tackled the ideas of what it means to be in Dillon and what it means to leave it, what it means to come home and what it means to move on. “It’s like a drug,” Tyra says as she kicks back with Julie on the hood of a car, listening to the sounds of Panthers fans celebrating the dissolution of the East Dillon Lions football program. “When you get outside of it, you see it for what it really is. But when you’re in it, it seems like there’s no other possible reality.”

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Friday Night Lights “The March” Review (5×11)

10 Oct


The Lions are marching toward state, and this once 2-8 team is now moving right on through the competition. In an interesting stylistic choice, the playoffs are reduced to one episode, partly due to time constraints, but also due to the fact that it simply works. It doesn’t feel rushed at all, and the journey the show takes us on from that early scene in Coach’s yard to that final scene outside of the stadium is thrilling to experience.

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Friday Night Lights “Don’t Go” Review (5×10)

4 Oct


“Coach…he’s the best.”

The past is important. The memories you’ve shared with those around you stick with you throughout your life, influencing your decisions and your future relationships. Sometimes, there’s that one moment that fundamentally changes who you become. Maybe, for example, it’s a meeting with a football Coach, someone who takes jail and lying in a ditch somewhere out of the equation.

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Friday Night Lights Season 5, Episodes 6-9 Review

19 Sep

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Julie’s storyline this season has been pretty disappointing, and the route the show takes to get to this episode is full of swerves (heh); as we see here, it finally comes crashing (I’ll be here all week) down, forcing her parents to face the reality of the situation: their daughter made some bad decisions and is now attempting to run away from her problems by literally running into some bricks.

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Friday Night Lights “Kingdom” Review (5×05)

13 Sep

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“We’re getting there.”

This is why I love this show so much. “Kingdom” is an episode ripe with entertainment, laughs, thrills, and small, beautiful moments, and it’s an example of Friday Night Lights‘s ability to not only portray the heartbreak and disappointment ever present in our lives, but also the pure joy that can result from connection and doing something we love.

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Friday Night Lights Season 5, Episodes 2-4 Review

31 Aug


EPISODE 2– “On the Outside Looking In”


As the title suggests, this episode deals with those on the outside looking in, whether it be someone like Tami, who’s attempting to enact change at East Dillon but is running into unending obstacles, Julie, who’s navigating her first days at college, or Becky, who’s lost and without a stable family. We also see this idea play out in the fact that after the Lions’s win against Croft, people come down hard on the team just because it wasn’t supposed to win.

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Friday Night Lights “Expectations” Review (5×01)

26 Aug


With change comes expectation, whether that change is for the better or for the worse. When you say goodbye and enter a new phase of your life, there’s always an idea in your head of how it should or how you hope it will turn out: will the transition be smooth or rocky? Will you go out in a blaze of glory or in a whimper? Are you ready?

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Friday Night Lights “Laboring”/ “Thanksgiving” Review (4×12/4×13)

20 Aug

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The final two episodes of season 4 of Friday Night Lights work in tandem to tell the stories of people who fall, people who feel the walls closing in around them and the world out to get them, people who go through a hell of a lot, but are able to find something to hold onto at the end of it all.

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Friday Night Lights “I Can’t”/ “Injury List” Review (4×10/4×11)

16 Aug


“I Can’t”–Season 4, Episode 10

What an episode this is. It’s not every day that you see the topic of abortion handled with the nuance provided here by the writers and the actors, and the situation is heart-wrenching to watch unfold. Becky’s strained relationship with Cheryl is very much on her mind throughout, and she realizes that she’s the product of a situation akin to her own, that her mother harbors resentment for the impact teenage pregnancy had on her life. Yet, that abortion never happened, and while Becky wants to go on to do bigger and better things, she now also wonders about her own child. Enter Tami Taylor.

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