The intention of this blog was to find hopeful and optimistic things going on around me – sometimes you just needed to be reminded that intelligent life is still out there. I needed to find a way to combat the depressing fact that the Bachelor Pad and Jersey Shore continue to pull extremely high ratings. However, this week’s Emmy Awards have given me a little renewed hope after Kyle Chandler and Connie Britton (Coach Taylor and his wife respectively) were nominated for one of the greatest shows on television right now – Friday Night Lights.
My friend b is a real connaisseuse of television, however she is skeptical of FNL and refuses to watch it. This is very frustrating for me. Maybe it’s the football “jock talk”, maybe it’s the Texas accents, but I have been forced to spend an exorbitant amount of time trying to convince people that FNL is not the Texan equivalent of 90210, but rather an intelligent, and insightful show with REAL characters.
Right from the opening credits the cinematography grabs your attention, and it’s clear that this isn’t your regular teenage soap opera. This season grappled with abortion in a sensitive and critical manner – one of the first TV shows that was willing to deal with this issue and take the inevitable criticism that they knew would accompany that plot sequence.
Sadly, FNL has just finished filming its fifth and final season – which means that I have very little time left with Tim Riggins and Vince. These boys kill me. Luckily they’re not adolescents in real life, or my crushes would be a bit more uncomfortable than they already are. Quiet sensitive boys carrying the weight of the world on their shoulders – I seem to always be attracted to the mysterious boys with baggage.
Sadly, this show is just starting to get the critical acclaim it deserves… so get ahead of the crowds, and when the show takes over at next year’s Emmys, you’ll be able to say that you were ahead of the game. I encourage you to borrow seasons 1-4 from the internets and get ready for Season 5 – coming at you on Direct TV in October.