Friday Night Lights, Season 4 (So Far): A Spoiler-Free Mini-Review

Let me start by saying that this is probably the most difficult thing I’ve ever tried to undertake…it’s simply impossible to write a proper review for Friday Night Lights, Season 4, without divulging important plot points. Suffice it to say that, four episodes in, FNL has not disappointed me yet this season. Here are a few quick observations, hopefully giving away nothing for those poor souls who don’t have DirecTV and must wait until after the New Year:

  • Kyle Chandler and Connie Britton give tremendous, Emmy-worthy performances every week…without fail. The fact that neither of them have won or even been nominated makes a shameful mockery of the Emmys.
  • I miss Tyra and Lyla. Adrianne Palicki was one of my favorite actresses on the show, and I miss her wisecracks as Tyra.
  • I still love the natural, loose feel to the cinematography and editing.
  • Zach Gilford and Jesse Plemons are possibly some of the most natural, gifted young actors on television today. I’m still constantly amazed by the layers they bring to their performances.
  • The new characters are terrific and bring a new dimension to the show, especially with the West Dillon-East Dillon dichotomy. New East Dillon players Vince (Michael B. Jordan) and Luke (Matt Lauria) appear to have interesting backstories.
  • D W Moffett is woefully underutilized. The producers should use Joe McCoy more; he’s a great foil for Tami. I’d also love to see Janine Turner come back. (A rare misstep on the show is Jeremy Sumpter’s performance as J D McCoy; I think he’s an especially wooden, unnatural actor.)
  • FNL still has the greatest music of any show on TV. I rarely walk away from an episode without a song to download.

There you go; this probably isn’t much of a review, but I wanted to chime in on the season so far. If you have DirecTV, please check it out; if not, please be sure to watch it when it returns to NBC after the New Year.

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