Universal Home Entertainment
In shops on 22 April
It is a very sad thing to see one of your favorite television shows jump the shark. As the second second of ‘Friday Night Lights’ kicks off, you can smell the desperation in the air. For a show that has die-hard fans (just not quite enough of them), this is the typical conundrum. But for those viewers who don’t keep up with the industry chit-chat about Ben Silverman’s new lightbulb collection and whispers of cancellation in the trades, the stories they would have seen as the sophomore season began were just flat out crazy. In the first couple of episodes we get a murder, the promise of stem-cell research to bring Jason Street back to his feet, and a big ol’ megachurch scenario for good measure. None of these storylines, however, are out of sync for the show and its characters. But in Dillon, Texas, things just don’t happen that fast, y’all. About halfway through the season, we are back on our feet. The writing, acting, production…it’s all there. It’s the ‘Friday Night Lights’ we know and love. And while it may go out with a whimper as you polish off that last disc, there is the hope of new episodes next fall. For folks who are new to the series, you should know that it’s not about American football. It’s about an American town and lost boys and the salvation they find when they reach the brink of despair. It’s still one of the best shows on television. If you’re not watching it, then you have no right to complain about the quality of shows that stay on the air. Let’s make this one last, people.