Friday Night Lights 5.13 "Always" Review

I will be completely honest with you, I’ve avoided reviewing the last handful of episodes of Friday Night Lightsbecause it’s just been too damn hard to let go. From "Fracture" onward, I’ve basically been left in a heaping ball of my own tears by the time each episode has ended. I had so many things to say about those episodes but actually putting them down made it more real that this beautiful, wonderful ride was about to come to an end and I just couldn’t deal with that. I tried to make up for it yesterday by posting some thoughts on my top 25 episodes of the series before "Always" aired, but even that was difficult to finish because there are so many other episodes, even in that rough second season that I just adore.

I haven’t been watching television like I do for that long, but I’ve experienced my fair share of final seasons and series finales and FNL has impacted me the most in both cases. I know that this final season didn’t have as much to accomplish as say the final season of Lost or the final season of Battlestar Galactica, but that shouldn’t take away from the fact that season five of this series is one of the best final seasons ever, capped off by the most satisfying series finale I have ever seen in my young life. I never had a doubt that "Always" would be a fantastic episode, but somehow this is an episode that meet and then surpassed every single one of my expectations I had going in. I watched this episode early this afternoon and basically could not function from then on — thankfully no one came to my office hours — and I just watched the last 20 minutes again before finally deciding to bite the bullet and rambling on here about how much I love this series and how much I will miss it forever. Read More...


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