And the lights go out for the last time

So unless you’ve never been to this blog before you should know and I am obsessed with the TV show Friday Night Lights. Last night at 2 a.m. I closed out the series finale. The last show ended and now I’m left to reflect.

I’m not sure what exactly it is. Is it the football action? The incredible acting that the cast brought to every episode (Coach and Tami NEED to win awards for this show). The unique camera and direction style (usually each scene has 3 cameras running simultaneously and the actors don’t know which is going to be used). Or just the funny accents, I have been hooked on Friday Night Lights since the word go. Even the shows final season is running on NBC right now the DVDs have been out for a while and I just wrapped up the last disc last night.

Don’t worry I won’t spoil anything other than any fan of the show will be very happy with how the show wrapped up. You get the one thing you need most when watching a drama; closure. Every character is given a bit of an ending so you aren’t left wondering what happened to them.  Some people get what they want, some people don’t but you’re not left with a bitter taste in your mouth that the show has ended.

One thing I really learned to appreciate that I have yet to see done well with any other show is the cast turnover. The show focuses on a High School football team and sooner or later the students graduate. The show has had almost 4 cast turnovers and countless individual characters leave and with 2 exceptions you are never left annoyed or wondering. And frankly the 2 exceptions (Santiago, and JD McCoy) weren’t all that missed. Unlike some shows (cough, cough, Grey’s Anatomy) where characters are written off in really weak and transparent ways, FNL manages to end each characters storyline without any abruptness.

I can’t stress enough how great this show is even if you’re not a football fan. The first 4 seasons are streamable on Netflix and Zune, and they are definitely worth a watch.


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