Today’s top news story: Season One of Friday Night Lights is out on DVD today. Y’all should all go rent it, cause the new season starts in October, and you’re gonna want to get in on that — it is the best show on network television, and if you know how much TV I watch, that firmly-held opinion should seriously impress you.
Please for a minute put aside your prejudices against Texass, football, Texass football, and whatever else kept you from watching this last season; Billy Bob Thornton has nothing to do with it, nor does George W. Bush, and the football qua football is not the point, really. I hate football, myself, but I started watching this show to see how closely it hewed to my experience of small-town Texass and its football obsession — turns out, it hewed so closely that it gave me the howling fantods week after week, for reals.
The writing is AMAZING, the setting is ugly-beautiful (they use natural lighting and real locations wherever possible), the kids — while admittedly prettier than your average small-town Texass kids — are kickass actors, and while there are occasional minor details to quibble over (e.g. Coach’s wife wouldn’t have had to look for a job — there’d have been a niiice cushy one all lined up for her from the get-go, on the district’s dime), barely a note rings false; they get to the very marrow of what it’s like to live in a town for which high school football is the end-all, be-all, whether you personally give a flying fuck about the sport or not. The good, the bad, the very very ugly — it’s all there. It’s like these are not fictional characters played by actors — they’re real people, living real lives, and you can’t help thinking about them in between episodes; it’s like you know them personally and you kind of live or die with their triumphs and defeats.
FIRST AND TEN, DO IT AGAIN, RENT! THIS! SHOW!
This post dedicated to DHS Eagles #80, my fave football player of all time. It was always a thrill to watch you play.
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