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I fell in love with Friday Night Lights and then it broke my heart

First, hi! I am still here, and I did not forget all the lovely prompts you left me. In fact, I had about six of them started. Then I went out of town, then I got bronchitis, and then I started trying to renovate my laundry room. The laundry room project of doom appears to take twelve hours of hard physical labor per day with no end in sight, so writing time? Not so much. But that is not what this post is about.

This post is about Friday Night Lights, which is the least likely show for a science fiction-loving, football-hating fan girl like me to become addicted to. But I needed something to show my football-loving junior English class on pep rally days because I knew they would never pay attention to homework, and gradually an addiction was born. What drew me in was the small town atmosphere. Dillon, TX is smaller and more remote than the place I grew up, yet it felt so familiar. And the characters! I kept trying to pick one for my awesome women meme (which I need to get back to), but I never could decide on a favorite. They were all so flawed, but fundamentally good people. More than that, they were real people who felt just like my students and their parents. Before long, I was mainlining episodes on Netflix every night...until season two.


I know that the show had trouble getting picked up for a second season because of course anything critically acclaimed and character-driven is doomed to failure. While I was looking for info on the cast, I caught the headline of an old press clipping: "Friday Night Lights promises steamier second season." And I knew I was in trouble. But I kept watching, mostly because I wanted to know what happened between Tyra and Landry. When he killed that guy who tried to rape her, I rolled my eyes because (a) ridiculous and sensational (b) way to make a story that should be about a woman about a man. Yet, the fallout was so realistically done that I kept watching even as I knew my favorite characters were changing for the worse. Season one was good because the characters were flawed in a way that made you feel for them, but season two made them assholes. Coach Taylor was selfish, Tammy was mean and incompetent, and Julie had transformed from a realistic teenager to an evil bitch. I could not believe that Matt would ever have punched anyone on the football field, Waverly was gone, and the nuances in Tim and Lilah's characterizatinon had vanished. The deal breakers came all in one episode. Matt hooked up with the sexy, older Mexican nurse who seemed to have no purpose except to have unmotivated sexual tension with him. I kept watching even though I had no idea why a beautiful, driven woman would be interested in a teenage boy. Then Tim took a drunken Julie home from a party, and of course Coach Taylor saw them in the most compromising position possible, predictably misinterpreted things, and kicked Tim out of the house without talking about it. And my heart just broke. It was the pinnacle of all the poor characterization, all the weird contrivances for the sake of drama and plot, and I just didn't want to see anymore.


I feel like I'm doomed to loving one perfect season of a television series and then being disappointed. Veronica Mars, Torchwood, Friday Night Lights...I get to a point where I love the characters so much that I wonder about them and need to know what's happening to them. It's like their friends and companions, and then when the show's promise disappears, I miss them horribly. Maybe I will try watching Friday Night Lights season three just in case it gets better. For now, I feel sad, and I need new characters to fall in love with.
I haven't seen FNL, but it does come highly recommended. I'm sad to hear this :o(

of course anything critically acclaimed and character-driven is doomed to failure.

The Wire
lasted all of its planned seasons. It was a surprise for a science fiction loving, cop-show-hating person like me.

Season two is really, really iffy. There's some good stuff and some bad stuff and it's can be kind of a pain to get through, but you should because season three gets back to the awesomeness of season one.

I haven't seen season four or beyond simply because I didn't have direct TV while it was airing and have sort of put it on the back burner for things I eventually want to finish (it's a long list) but I do plan on finishing it because it has consitently been one of the best shows I've watched, even including the iffy parts of season two.