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Accepting Defeat: Friday Night Lights, Season 4

Posted in TV (Prime-time) with tags , , , on June 4, 2010 by alexandrathesister

At its best, “Friday Night Lights” is about failure. The original basis for the television show was Buzz Bissiner’s non-fiction book along with Peter Berg’s movie version that trace the defeat of the powerhouse high school football team, the Permian Panthers, in 1988. When Berg brought his movie to television, he had to dilute the emphasis on crushing defeat. Even if viewers might tolerate a bleak drama, losing would require the show to end. Continue reading