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Friday, April 15, 2011: Friday Night Lights

by F. John Rickert April 15, 2011 6:00 am
Friday, April 15, 2011: <i>Friday Night Lights</i>

Unless you have DirecTV or a DVD player, then tonight marks the beginning of the last season of Dillon football. Starting at the beginning of a new school year, everything is mostly where you might expect. Coach actually has something of a team, Tami is a councilor for East Dillon, Tim is still in jail, Julie is about to go to college, and everyone is still trying to figure out how to get by in a small Texas town. Of course, Lion football is right about to get started, giving East Dillon a feeling of excitement about the possibilities of the year to come.

Unless you're connected to the series and the school's recent history, this could easily be the first season of the show. And if you are connected to the history, tonight's episode might feel like an epilogue to last season. Things are changing, but not much is really all that different. While it's hard to say that the show is realistic, it still maintains the feeling of realism even in its more ancillary plots involving Buddy Garrity, Billy Riggins and, thankfully, no dead bodies. This season doesn't quite look at the whole town as widely as the previous, but these characters make sure we don't forget how connected the town is to the school.

Clear Eyes, Full Hearts, Can't Lose tonight at 8 on NBC.

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