Wednesday, February 08, 2012
Friday Night Lights
My recent incarceration led me to watching Friday Night Lights. I'd seen some of it before but not most of it.
In trying to dissect what makes this such a great show, I came up with a few opinions.
Compelling story lines.
Complex characters-no one is all good or bad.
Great location shooting. The show looks like it's set in the real world. Lots of outdoor scenes make it vibrate with life.
Scenes are short, dramatic, and end before you get bored with them.
The viewer is trusted to infer what he/she will from the story. No didacticism.
Scenes are shot in odd and compelling ways. We seldom look the characters right in the face. We get profiles, different lighting, people in the background and foreground, odd angles.
Each character gets appropriate dialog for their age and social stratum.
The music is excellent.
I think FNL has to be one of the best dramas TV has produced. I am not a football fan either. Any fans out there?