Sometimes, amid the top-notch acting, rock-solid writing and professional direction, we forget that Friday Night Lights isn’t any different from other mostly-soapy dramas. The series has done a number of goofy and stereotypical storylines throughout its run — many of which were found in the season we shall not speak of — but it’s the execution of those stories that takes FNL to another level.
The series is rarely doing anything new or original with its storytelling, but it continues to add subtle layers and fine execution to those basic tropes and beats. A number of plots in "The Right Hand of the Father" display these ideas very well, as most of the plots could have been much, much worse if were not for the performances (and probably the writing, but we never know exactly how much of the final product comes from which).
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