I feel bad for Riggins, I know he makes so stupid mistakes (like taking that money from under the end table), but he can't ever catch a break.
I'm not sure when Kitsch figured out how to do Riggins; I think in my mind it was during the Mexico trip when he moved simply beyond the Street/Lyla triangle. But he has some heartbreaking moments right up until the end of the show.
lack of football, and the way they don't even tell you the outcomes. I just watched an episode last night where Smash got suspended, and he told the team to go out and win for him. They didn't even say if they won or not. Yes, the games are very unrealistic (every other game coming down to the final play), but the show is essentially about football, atleast tell us what's going on with the team on the field.
We started a new a drinking game, every time the coach says "GET OUT", we take a drink.
That was because of the writer's strike. One of the reasons S2 was hurt so badly was the entire playoffs storyline got cut. You find out what happened to Smash and the others at the start of season 3.
That scene in 2.14, where Smash tells the team to go out and win, is one of the best all-time FNL scenes. With Explosions in the Sky 'The Moon is Down' rocking in the background. Jason Street's name on the wall. Just great.
Just noticed there is no season 5 on Netflix yet. Can't even send away for the discs, this might be a problem in the near future.
I started Season 3 yesterday, and I'm already on episode 6. Yes, it is MUCH MUCH better the season 2 so far. Love the Smash stuff again, and Riggins, man, you need a slap over the head.
What was going on with Matt in that football game where he kept on getting hit late. I was half expecting to find out that JD McCoys dad paid the other teams players to hurt Matt.
Terrific piece on the FNL sites with Michael Mann's regular 1st AD and FNL honcho Michael Waxman
The finale probably had two too many scenes of characters declaring their love for each other (Vince and Jess's rang particularly hollow), and Matt and Julie strike me as being far to sensible to think tying the knot at 19 is the best option, but overall it was tremendously affecting. Oddly enough, the scene that got me misty was Becky saying goodbye to Mindy, who snuck her way into being one of the show's best characters over the last two years.
We also got some great moments from Coach ("willyoutakemetoPhiladelphiawithyouplease?") and Ms. Coach ("I THINK WE AGREE ON THIS!!!"), a brief but welcome return of the great Landry-Saracen strategy sessions, and real-deal Explosions In The Sky on the soundtrack (kind of surprised they're not bitter about how shamelessly the theme music bit their style). Love how the championship game was portrayed, although I think it was a big mistake to confirm that they won. That would've been a wonderful ambiguity for a show that was always about how you played the game.
I'd lost track of the show for the past couple of years (partly because I don't have direct TV). But I recorded the finale and watched it this morning.
The show was just as great as I remember. And I have no problem with them revealing the outcome of the game in fact I prefer that they did. Although it would have been fine and I'd still have no complaints if they didn't.
Been watching through the 5th season. The guy cast as Buddy Jr. is amazing! Not because of his performance. He just looks like he really could be Buddy's son!
"You got all that from a crate of oranges!?"
Beautiful. Nothing really surprising in the finale, but you just love these characters so much and wish them the utmost happiness that you can't help but smile. Hahahaha, it really IS the LOST heaven ending. It's just that FNL never teased us with a convoluted mythology. It is the underdog sports story stretched out over 5 seasons and they just had to bring it all home.
So... what was the deal with the basketball kid? They brought him on like it was meant to build up to something (I thought there were hints that he was gay), but nothing ever really happened with him.
Kitsch developed a really strong screen presence throughout the show. He had a creepy taciturn 'man with no name' quality going on when he came back. But I was so happy to see him and his brother share the final moment of the finale. I hope that strong presence comes through in John Carter.
Schwartz is so right about Mindy. That character just grew into something completely alive... almost out of nowhere. From the beginning, this show has constantly taken characters I disliked or had no interest in and made them vital. Or sometimes, the opposite. Hahahaha (I'm looking at you, Vince's dad!)
Have the film version of FNL playing in the background. After becoming so engrossed in the series, the movie feels so... WRONG. Connie Britton just sitting in the sidelines and barely saying a word? Billy Bob Thorton feels wrong. Just... ALL WRONG!!!
EDIT: Holy shit... Britton is literally playing a clapping mute in this. No wonder she wasn't eager to jump right into the TV series.
EDIT2: Oh, NOW she's talking.
Yeah, but FNL was never about the accolades, you know? I'm cool with the show getting those two awards. Sure has ticked people off - can't tell you how many people I've run across saying "I've never watched the show, but I can't believe they won."
I thought the Hold Steady were one of the bigger bands around for the last 5 years or so.
But anyway, they're great bar-rockers with a heavy Springsteen influence and Midwestern vibe. A good fit for FNL, although it seems odd to be doing it post-mortem. Here's a couple of their (imo) stronger tunes.
It's just as much that I have no idea who is actually big and who has just been getting played a lot at my local bar. I basically haven't listened to the radio at all since ipods became a thing, so I don't know who is actually ruling the culture at large.