Friday Night Lights
Posted 05 May 2010 - 09:51 PM
Posted 22 February 2012 - 08:18 PM
The strength of the Taylor marriage is compelling. The way that their love for each other combines with each of their individual passions to help these kids is a picture of living Christianity that I've haven't seen on TV for a long time. Coach Taylor is a hero. His passion for being a surrogate father to fatherless and broken kids is not just impressive, it's ... well, it's inspiring. He is molding young, angry and hurt boys into being young men - along with all the responsibility, gentility, and self-sacrifice that being a man requires. He doesn't just tell them what to do, and sometimes he doesn't even have to use words, because he leads for his own personal example. Tami brings the same spirit to her work in the school system ... and her entire being is a rock and refuge for girls who need to be taught similar lessons about self-respect and responsibility. I'm trying to remember if I've ever seen anything quite like it. Even the way that husband and wife resolve their conflicts in this story is surprisingly self-sacrificial.
I'm a strong lifelong football fan. And while the show exhibits how fanatical football fandom can be damaging (psychologically, emotionally and sometimes even physically), it also shows why so many of us love the game. Coach Taylor takes joy in it, and his joy is infectious to the young men he is leading. The way that he uses the game to teach commitment, leadership and bravery is an example that anyone watching the show can aspire to. The game provides an outlet to channel certain proclivities and character traits, that are easily used for evil, for something good and commendable instead. Without going back into another discussion about cultural ideas on masculinity, the show also shows how certain masculine character traits can be destroying and damaging when they are channeled in the wrong way. The balance between the two is rare.
I'll comment more as I have more time to continue farther through the show, but for right now, I'm pretty impressed. Thanks and Kudos to everyone who has recommended it.
Posted 23 February 2012 - 08:20 AM
Posted 23 February 2012 - 10:53 AM
Yes and yes, and yes and yes. The ways they handle cast transitions is mostly good, too (one hangs on longer than I would have preferred).
Posted 23 February 2012 - 02:34 PM
Posted 23 February 2012 - 03:00 PM
Yeah...I'm with you there, although I do think it speaks to how difficult it is for these young football stars--or anyone--to extricate themselves from Dillon, for better or worse.
Posted 23 February 2012 - 04:21 PM
FNL has the reverse curse of the first round of Star Trek movies. Seasons 1,3, and 5 are must-owns. Seasons 2 & 4 are rentals.
Posted 28 March 2012 - 02:04 PM
- when Vince tells Coach Taylor that no one has been there to teach him how to be better
- when Coach Taylor gives Vince his first University interest letters
- when Mindy Riggins, of all people, tells Becky to get back in the car, and then later starts showing a genuine interest in her
- when Mindy says “You’re not going to be one of the boys that comes in here, are you?” to her baby son
- when loser Billy Riggins turning into a surrogate father figure to Luke Cafferty
- Vince walking up to Coach Taylor’s door and then walking away, and then going to his dad, and seeing the righteous but dangerously quiet rage in his father’s eyes
Posted 28 March 2012 - 02:57 PM
I love how they revisited the abortion question in season 5, in the back room of the Landing Strip. Even just that one brief conversation added so much weight and nuance to an already thoughtful storyline.