Friday Night Lights: Second Season [DVD] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
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All 15 episodes of the TV series that expands on the hit feature film of the same name. The action centres on the small rural town of Dillon, Texas, where the coveted state football championships are held in the highest regard. In this series, with the new season approaching, coach Taylor (Kyle Chandler)'s decision to take up the coaching position at Texas Methodist University begins to take its toll not only on the Dillon Panthers, but also on his wife Tami (Connie Britton). The episodes are: 'Last Days of Summer', 'Bad Ideas', 'Are You Ready for Friday Night?', 'Backfire', 'Let's Get It On', 'How Did I Get Here', 'Pantherama!', 'Seeing Other People', 'The Confession', 'There Goes the Neighbourhood', 'Jumping the Gun', 'Who Do You Think You Are?', 'Humble Pie', 'Leave No One Behind' and 'May the Best Man Win'.
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However, if you are thinking of buying it because you have already seen and liked Season 1, before you buy Season 2, do check the price of the box set for all 5 Seasons.
At time of writing it does not cost much more to buy all the box set of all the Seasons than to buy a single Season individually, so you may seriously want to consider buying the box set, and working your way through (with pauses between Seasons of course).
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!!!
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.
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.
Last Days of Summer
Are You Ready for Friday Night?
Let's Get It On
How Did I Get Here
Seeing Other People
There Goes the Neighborhood
Jumping the Gun
Who Do You Think You Are?
Leave No One Behind
May the Best Man Win
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