Friday Night Lights

I am changing my passion blog topic from hockey to reviewing pilot episodes of T.V series on Netflix. As I have recently become a member of the Netflix community, as of Christmas, I figured this would be a good way for me to search for new shows to watch and also a good resource for people who are interested to see which shows are worth watching.

Friday Night Lights is the first pilot episode I will review. This show was recommended to me by my roommate, who is a more experienced Netflix member than I am.

Within the first five minutes of the pilot episode it is obvious that the show will be following many different characters, who have a lot of different background stories. You can see that there are a lot of issues going on with the players on the football team. One of them shows up drunk to the first practice. There seems to be a lot of tension between the players, which will probably make this a drama T.V. series.

As for footage they make the film seem like its being taken on a handheld videocamera. The screen wobbles a bit when the characters move, or when it is transitioning from one character to another. People with soft stomached might not be able to take the jostling around on the screen. The handheld method makes it seem more like a home video and might allow the audience to connect with the characters a little easier.

So far I really like the actors/actresses of the show. Most seem to be good at playing the roles they were given. I also like that the characters aren’t all necessarily attractive, this might be the doing of the produced but I think it allows for a bigger connection to the character for the audience.

There is the cliche cheerleader/football quarterback romance in the first episode but I hope to see that change throughout the series. It seems like a basic small town, with hidden problems that will come to the surface during the show.

Overall I think that this could be a good T.V. series to watch, I’m not sure how many seasons it will stay interesting, but I am confident that the first couple will keep an audiences attention. Not sure how much boys will like it, because of how drama filled it seems to be but I can see some girls becoming quickly attached to this series.

Netflix gives this show a 4/5 stars. I think that might be a little high from what I saw from the first episode, but I wouldn’t give it anything less than a 3/5 stars. This seems to be a pretty average drama T.V. series. This may be because of my lack of interest in football, but I am sure that many different people have been able to find a connection to this series, even if they have a lack of football passion.

4 thoughts on “Friday Night Lights

  1. Emma Shellhamer

    This is such a good idea!! AND, it’ll be pretty entertaining for you each week. Plus, you’ll HAVE to watch TV in order to do your schoolwork. This is a win/win/win situation. I think this will be one of those blogs I’ll check regularly, though I’ll probably have to hold off your recommendations until the summer or else I’ll get pulled in to one too many shows. Can’t wait to hear what other pilot reviews you have — happy watching!

  2. Boyoung Kim

    Welcome to the world of Netflix and say goodbye to your life. I love Netflix and I am so glad you finally get to indulge in it. I am watching 30 Rock right now. I am almost done with all the seasons (I started it only a little bit ago), so I’ll have to check out Friday Night Lights when I’m done with it.

  3. Surabhi Ghai

    As an avid Netflix watcher myself, I love your idea! I think it’s a great way to find new shows, incorporate rhetoric and civic life class, and find entertainment. Some shows that I really liked on Netflix have been House of Cards, Breaking Bad, Arrested Development, Orange is the New Black, Desperate Housewives, Heroes, and Lost.

  4. Katie Czekalski

    This is such a great idea. Not only do you get to use your new gift, but you have the excuse to watch tv for class. That’s awesome! I have never watched Friday Night Lights, but I do have access to Netflix so maybe I will start.

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