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30 May 2010 @ 09:01 pm
Day 10: "I assumed only to be proven wrong."  
Day 10 - A show you thought you wouldn't like but ended up loving

Since I'm kind of behind on days and I'm kind of spamming LJ these days anyway, here's another one.

Friday Night Lights

"Clear eyes, full hearts, can't lose!"

I'm not into football. I don't understand the mechanisms or the plays or anything involved with it, so when I first heard about Friday Night Lights I wasn't at all interested. Of course, one day I decided what the hell, I'll give it a shot since I've seen several people talking about it. After watching the first episode, I was very surprised that I enjoyed it very much. I then watched the next couple of episodes and before I knew it I was downloading the entire first season and watching episodes back to back.

Friday Night Lights isn't about football, not entirely. It is the backdrop for the show and its core, but that's not the highlight of what the show stands for. It's about the people, the characters and their relationships with each other. It's about their love for something similar, being football, and how it affects their lives. Unlike other shows which focus primarily on a particular sport, this show feels more real with its concepts, with the characters and how they interact with each other; even the filming is more realistic than those shows that always hold glossy steady-cam shots. The actors are amazing, each one of them bring something unique and interesting to their characters, which makes them easier to relate to because of how real it's presented on the screen. Like, for example, the relationship between Coach Taylor and his wife. Seeing their marriage on the show is just a prime example of married couples that you don't see often on television nowadays. They will squabble and bicker and sometimes act silly, they will have conversations about their kids, they are affectionate and understanding, and they are completely and utterly happy and in love with each other. FNL deals with real life situations in a realistic manner. Take, for instance, the critical injury of Jason Street and how they realistically portrayed him going through the motions of overcoming his disability and the hardships it created for him and everyone else around him. The consequences certain characters suffer due to their actions and how they learn from this mistakes, and so on. It's gritty, it's real, it's amazing.

Like I said, I wasn't attracted to the show because I originally thought it was going to be all about football and I wouldn't understand it. That is simply not the case. It's a drama which has many aspects, and I got attached to many characters and their storylines and felt what they were going through. That's the heart of the show, and there aren't that many dramas out there like this that deal with characters in such a real manner.

Of course, what originally drew me to the possibility of watching this show was because of Adrianne Palicki (known to those as Jessica from Supernatural), because I love her. So it's not a surprise that I would be bias with her on the show, but ultimately even if I didn't know her prior to this I would have immediately fallen in love with her because of her character and what she was going through. Because believe me, I felt what she was feeling. Tyra Collette is just an amazing character and if you haven't seen a scene with her, you don't know what you're missing. Seriously. Tyra is my homegirl on the show. ♥

Granted, I'm like way behind on the show which, I know, shame on me. But I have to say season one is by far the best thing I ever came across. I'm hoping to find the time to watch the rest of the seasons.

Masterlist of days here.

And because it needs to be announced, 12 more days until STONEHENGE APOCALYPSE premieres! The countdown bitches, it has begun. \O/
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Encyclopædia Clevername: FNL wth you want a hug?thefreshchuff on May 31st, 2010 04:16 am (UTC)
I stayed away from FNL for so long, even when I heard people raving about it. One of the stupidest things I've done, because it's just so good. And no, it's not just about football -- a fact I wish I could get more people to understand, because so many are missing out on this amazing drama because of that assumption!

I hope you can get caught up! Season 2 lags just a little bit, but season 3 (and what I've seen of 4, I'm way behind on that season) was just breath-taking.
Renéerogueslayer452 on May 31st, 2010 04:24 am (UTC)
I know! It is the basic assumption by most because it's advertised as football, and it is, but that's not all it's about. It's so much more depth with the characters and what is happening, it's a raw drama that gripped me with what was happening. It really exceeded my expectations greatly, and I'm happy that I gave it a chance.

I'm definitely going to find a way to do so. I've heard great things about the seasons so I hope to catch up! :D
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YES to everything about this post. FNL is one of the few shows on tv that makes me cry practically every episode. I just want to have a marriage like Eric and Tami. I always feel so sad that this show and Kyle and Connie never get recognized for their amazing work. I need to catch up to since I haven't seen it in so long.
Renée: Dean/Castiel. Never change.rogueslayer452 on May 31st, 2010 08:19 am (UTC)
I would definitely love to have a marriage like the Taylor's, too. They are one of the few spouses on television that really set that kind of example of a good marriage and remaining that way, even through ups and downs. I just love them so much. And yes! I completely agree, why the actors haven't been given any kind of recognition whatsoever for their performances I will have no idea. It's such a shame, because they do a tremendous job.

This has actually wanted me to rewatch their scenes again because they are so much love. <3
Gaby: thumbs up times twosquaringkarma on May 31st, 2010 06:51 am (UTC)
Hee, I did FNL for this day, too! Tyra is so so great. Especially in this bit near the end of season 3 when she's reading her college application essay... Oh show!
Renée: Kahlan. Smile.rogueslayer452 on May 31st, 2010 08:16 am (UTC)
I just found that clip on YouTube and that was just so beautiful. I love Tyra, she wants to better herself so much it's just so inspiring. <3
Gaby: thumbs up times twosquaringkarma on May 31st, 2010 08:33 am (UTC)
I'm glad you found the clip. "I just want the possibility of getting them." ♥
Renéerogueslayer452 on May 31st, 2010 08:39 am (UTC)
I teared up when she was tearing up. Oh, Tyra. ♥ ♥
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Renéerogueslayer452 on May 31st, 2010 04:23 pm (UTC)
It really did break the molds of what one expects to see from a show about a particular sport. You don't often see dramas like that every day, especially in the content that they show.

Tyra is love. ♥
cheerful_earl: misha can walk into mordorcheerful_earl on June 1st, 2010 09:19 am (UTC)
I need to watch more of this show. I love what I've seen, but I just haven't gotten around to seeing more of it.

I pretty much thought the same thing about the football. So surprised when it was awesome.
Renée: SPN. Castiel.rogueslayer452 on June 1st, 2010 11:26 am (UTC)
Yeah, I'm like seasons behind, but the first season is definitely worth the hype that I've seen about the show.

The fact they took a particular sport that some people might like and others may not and completely made a show not about the sport but about the people who are drawn together due to their passion of such a sport and each other is remarkable. And how real and gripping it is, because it really is a drama about those people. Football is beside the point, and that's what surprised me.