14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars FNL - what your TV is for!!
Just finished watching the second season. It's only 15 episodes long rather than the expected 24, because of the writers strike, apparently.
Despite that it's still an awesome programme. Season one blew me away, but I'd read that the second wasn't as good. Well, I personally wasn't disappointed. Every episode was superb TV and had me totally sucked in. The...
Published on 26 May 2008 by Cav
2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Definitely not new
I got this item for a birthday gift, it took about two weeks to turn up and looks very much like a used DVD when it said 'new'.
In the end I didn't give it as a gift as it looked so scruffy with all the edges scuffed and worn.
Published 16 months ago by Nicola
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars FNL - what your TV is for!!,
Despite that it's still an awesome programme. Season one blew me away, but I'd read that the second wasn't as good. Well, I personally wasn't disappointed. Every episode was superb TV and had me totally sucked in. The acting is as good as you'll get anywhere, and the script is intelligent but doesn't go over the top - if something doesn't need to be said, they don't say it.
My only gripe, and it's a small one, is that FNL packs far too many dramatic events/storylines into too small a space. But for a show that never knows when the plug is gonna be pulled, I suppose that's understandable. Even so, each situation is believable and well handled.
I've also seen this programme likened to The O.C. For me, it's the fact that it's nothing like The O.C. or Dawson's Creek etc. that makes it appealing. The pretty people aren't THAT pretty, or squeaky clean. The Texas location is perfect, and the American Football side of the show isn't overplayed to the point of putting off non-fans.
I don't think I've ever seen a programme I enjoyed as much as FNL. It still annoys me that it isn't given the respect it deserves of a long-term commitment, despite all the awards it's won. I have heard rumours of a third season in 2009, but I won't get too excited just in case it doesn't happen. Maybe one day they'll even release season 2 on a region 2 DVD.
Anyway, FNL is what John Logie Baird had in mind all those years ago when he invented the TV. Go watch it!!!
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Friday Night Lights: Series 2,
This review is from: Friday Night Lights - Season 2 [DVD] (DVD)Friday Night Lights: Series 2
Its about time they released this fantastic series, I've been waiting years for this. Hope the rest follow soon.
Season Synopsis (Spoilers):
At the beginning of Season 2, Coach Taylor is living in Austin and coaching at Texas Methodist University as the new football season draws closer. With Taylor gone, coach McGregor butting heads with players and Boosters, Smash's increased cockiness angering his teammates and the pressure to get back to the State Championship increasing, the Panthers slowly begin falling apart. Things are also not well at the Taylor home, following the birth of Eric and Tami's daughter Gracie. Tami becomes depressed as she takes care of Gracie alone. Julie refuses to help her mother, begins spending time with male co-worker "The Swede," and breaks up with Matt. Matt, upset over the breakup and over Taylor's absence, faces even more challenges as a rift between himself and Smash emerges and caring for his grandmother becomes a bigger struggle as her dementia slowly gets worse.
Tensions reach a boiling point during the first game of the season. With Taylor watching, Coach McGregor angers Boosters by switching the final play, resulting in Smash and Matt getting into a physical confrontation. Tami loses it with Julie and slaps her across the face during a late night argument. Street quits his position as assistant coach, fed up with the team and learning that his condition will not improve even after regaining full motor control in one of his hands. After losing the second game and seeing another physical confrontation between Smash and Matt, the Boosters fire McGregor and offer Taylor the position if he leaves TMU. Taylor, seeing how bad things are at home with his family and team, leaves TMU and returns to coaching the Panthers.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Friday Night Lights gets it right!,
While season 2 lacks the originality and freshness of season 1, purely because it is not the first time we have met these characters, it is still the same show we know and love. It is very important to remember that the two series are 8 months apart in terms of the timeline of the show, so people's lives have moved on and they may have changed as people over those months. Some of the storylines are more what you would expect of a teen drama than real life, and seem slightly far-fetched on paper (murder, drug lords, underage binge drinking (and not only by Tim Riggins!), kids from juvenile detention centers moving in with posh people), but the standards of acting and cinematography are so high that it barely registers.
[EDIT: I originally gave the series 4 stars, for reasons explained in the next paragraph, but I later decided to change it to 5 because, like I say below, comapared it to its peers, i.e. other TV shows, it deserves 5 stars, but compared to itself it arguably doesn't and the whole point of the rating system is that it is comapared to other shows, not itself, and it shouldn't be penalised for its own high standards.]
The reason I have only given this hugely enjoyable and successful show 4 stars is because I am judging it relative to itself, not relative to other shows. If any other 'teen drama' delivered a season of this quality it would be off the charts awesome, but we have all come to expect more of FNL, unfair as that may be, and this season is admittedly not as generation-defining as the first, but it is still in a league of its own relative to most of the other shows on television today.
Seeing the development of the characters as they struggle with issues like jealousy, love, violence, abandonment, guilt, betrayal, racism, faith and just general growing up in the crucible of emotion that is Dillon, Texas is a truly incredible piece of entertainment.
5.0 out of 5 stars STILL MUCH TO UPLIFT,
This review is from: Friday Night Lights - Season 2 [DVD] (DVD)Back to Dillon High, but so much has changed - the new Coach is a bully, the Panthers dispirited. If only Coach Eric Taylor could be persuaded to return....
Although uneven, Season 2 still has much to please - there no letting up of excitements and sequences that greatly move. Zach Gilford as Matt continues to impress. He feels Taylor let them down after they had been so loyal and had done him proud. Heartrending is that cry, "Everybody leaves me. What's wrong with me?" Much needs to be sorted before all is as it once was.
Also outstanding this time round is Jesse Plemons as Landry Clarke - he slow speaking and slightly awkward. As with his mate Matt, what you see is what you get. He, of all people, becomes caught up in an intense, highly dramatic (and controversial) storyline. We share the anguish as his conscience troubles. What hope for him now?
Season 1 proves a hard act to follow. Season 2 (15 episodes) is uneven - as its makers later admitted. They feel it lacks focus, straying too far from original intentions.
Bad news then? Actually not. FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS, even when below its best, is far better than most. Do not be put off. Be assured there is still much to enjoy.
It deserves its five stars, for the pleasure given.
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing,
This review is from: Friday Night Lights - Season 2 [DVD] (DVD)The series is an epic American football drama with gripping episodes from start to finish and the last series wraps it up nicely!
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Story,
This review is from: Friday Night Lights - Season 2 [DVD] (DVD)I missed this programme when it was on TV. I have been catching up from DVD's.
I am a big fan now after seeing the first two series. The characters are
all very different and great stories... Can't wait for the next series to arrive.
5.0 out of 5 stars Great family viewing.,
This review is from: Friday Night Lights - Season 2 [DVD] (DVD)The perfect family viewing. Two males who like sport and two females who don't but enjoy a good story, all satisfied.
5.0 out of 5 stars Not a football story a story of life,
5.0 out of 5 stars Friday night lights season 2, even better than season 1,
5.0 out of 5 stars BEST THING TO HIT TV,
I immediately fell in love with it, (including the cast) and haven't stopped watching yet!
Its the perfect mixture of love, laughter and rivalry! It portrays real life experiences which make you feel as if your living it with them!
Recommend to everyone!! SUPEERB!!
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