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Three and a half stars for the second season.,
This review is from: Friday Night Lights: Season 2 (DVD)
It pains me to give this show anything less than five stars. Like many, though not all, who watch this show, I loved the first season, even going out on a limb to say it is one of the best single seasons of television I have ever seen, if not the best.
But the second season falters as soon as it begins, in the lead off episode. And, if you have yet to watch this season, please stop reading here, as I will be giving away some spoliers and what have you and I do not want to ruin anything for you.
The murder subplot that ran through parts of the season is simply inane. It feels false, unfocused, and brings every episode that it is featured to a dramatic hault. What's strange is it this sort of sensationlism that the show avoided in it's first year. Other subplots--- such as Jason Street's little trip to Mexico--- also feel false and uninspired, the work of the writers trying to amp ratings to keep the show on the air.
The season smooths out as it goes along however, and after a few episodes the show returns to it's past glory. The acting, like previously, is universally strong (how Kyle Chandler and Connie Britton, amongst others in the cast, cannot get nominated for more awards is astounding and ridiculous to me), and the story lines alternate between amusing (Tim Riggins continues attempts to woe Lyla Garrity) to heart breaking (pretty much anything dealing with Smash Williams and Matt Seracen).
The attempt to get higher ratings is totally okay with me. A decent "Friday Night Lights" is still better than most shows best hours. And though this season falters at the start, it ends strong and, sadly, far to abruptly.
'Friday Night Lights" second season may not be as strong as it's first, but I'm sure nothing could have been. But it is still a compelling, often brilliant collection of episodes, and essential for fans of the show, book or movie.
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Initial post: Apr 19, 2008 9:43:23 AM PDT
Steve Coffey says:
hey ben you must have slepted through season two because your review sucks.season two was ten times better than season 1.please ben go back and watch again
In reply to an earlier post on Apr 19, 2008 6:12:03 PM PDT
Ben Dugan says:
i disagree good sir, but i respect your opinion. just some of the notes at the beginning of the season felt wrong to me on first viewing. i intend to watch the whole season again when the dvd comes out, and if my opinion changes on it i will gladly change this review.
thanks for the comment. :)
Posted on Apr 22, 2008 1:07:55 PM PDT
Nice review Ben. I pretty much agree with everything you wrote here, especially about the murder plot. It was like a melodramatic black hole. Street's trip to Mexico was very corny and what's with them all dancing around and making out with each other at the end of that episode?
Anyway, thanks for the honest review. I'm hoping they iron out some of problems and get back to what they do well for season 3.
Posted on Apr 23, 2008 1:33:33 PM PDT
Season 2 is definitely not as good as Season 1. Season 1 was one of the best TV seasons I have ever seen.
Posted on May 24, 2008 4:49:59 AM PDT
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Adrian Stewart says:
I totally agree with you, Ben.
I feel exactly the same, especially towards these whole side stories.
They really are out of place.
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