With Clear Eyes, Full Hearts, Friday Night Lights Returns
NBC's Friday Night Lights represents stories of survival. The network wanted to cancel the show following its second season, however, following a fan outcry it was given a second life. Recently the network has been criticized for not supporting their fans after Team Coco assembled to save Conan O’Brien, however NBC did respond in 2009 after Friday Night Lights fans sent footballs and donated money to various charities in support of their beloved drama.
Friday Night Lights takes place in the town of Dillon,Texas, but the ups and downs of the community are shared by the show itself.
The show is about more than a few generic terms used in common plot summaries; family, community, football, drama, coming-of-age. I once told my friend I was a big fan of FNL and she assumed it was a silly teenage drama. I could certainly understand her confusion, but I assured her she was wrong.
Built around a broad cast of characters, you can easily see stereotypes in their traits. Lyla is a sexy, but goody-goody cheerleader who is naturally, dating star quarterback Jason Street, also a goody-goody. There's Tyra, the slut and Smash, a running-back whose also black, and predictably, both face the troubles a slut and a young black man might face in suburban Texas. Riggins is a stud who drinks and gets away with anything he wants, even having his way with the Slut and the Goody-Goody (though not at the same time, because not even Riggins is that good. Julie is the coach’s daughter and she is just cute enough to get attention ,and just smart enough to crack wise about boys and their immaturity. And of course, there is Saracen, loser turned quarterback, turned man.
Round this main cast out with a rootin-tootin car-dealership owner, a racist assistant coach, church goers, rowdy booster club members, and other colorful locals and, well, you have something resembling real life.Continued on the next page