Playmakers - The Complete Series
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What generated all the controversy about PLAYMAKERS, ESPN's daring hit series about a fictional pro football team? This eleven-episode, three-disc set lets you immerse yourself in the off-the-field lives of the Cougars from its very beginning. With its lightning-fast pace and great characters, this gritty and edgy drama is as intense a roller-coaster ride as any drama on the field.
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During the Cougars' season, the team faced many common obstacles in their quest for a playoff berth, including conflict between players, coaches, and the owner. "Playmakers" graphically displays the consequences, both physical and psychological, that playing pro football can exact. The series examined issues such as steroid use, domestic violence, drug use, and unplanned pregnancies, and showed how a pro football team might have reacted if it found that it had a gay teammate.
Some of the players had incidents from their pasts that they were still dealing with during the season. The show also described the stress that a football career can place on marriages and families and between players and their old, pre-football friends and how tenuous careers in pro sports (and especially in pro football) can be.
"Playmakers" is above all a human story, showing how flawed men playing a tough game react differently to the situations that they face--some are basically good and struggle to do the right thing as they see it, some are amoral, and some are a mixture of both depending on the situation. Just about all football fans would like the series, but this drama is so good that I would asssert that many who don't know the difference between a first down and a field goal would find "Playmakers" entertaining.
If you don't think this is art imitating life, you've got your head in the sand/turf.
from ESPN and not HBO. The writing and acting were excellent, the
filming (in HD widescreen ) and soundtrack (Dolby digital as I recall)
made it all that much better.
But I was extremely disappointed, but not surprised, to learn
that ESPN/"Disney" management decided to cancel it after one
stunning season because it depicted "negative images" of the NFL.
Keep in mind that these Disney people are the same people that
attempted to stop distribution of Michael Moore's movie
(which I haven't seen and have no opinion of, for or against).
Actually, I didn't see the "negative images" as a focus of the
show at all. Although each episode was sprinkled with numerous
situations that players were involved with, overall it was still
tamer than the bad press several NFL players received in 2003
over similar circumstances. This is probably the reason for the
"pull," that 2003 left so many tarnished images of "NFL players
in trouble" that some overly-cautious "suits" decided to kill
any program that may remind us of it.
[Potential spoiler] As a final word, I think the crew already
knew their show was over when they filmed the last scene of the
final episode, where the coach looks at the TV and says "turn it
off" and the screen clicks to black. It seemed more final than
something heading for a second season. I remember being very
touched by the ending and the feeling that even though there
was plenty of room left in the plot and the cast,
they would not be allowed to return.
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