'Friday Night Lights' - 'Kingdom': Road trip

A review of tonight's "Friday Night Lights" coming up just as soon as I grill meat in my office... 

"Coach, are we there yet?" -Hastings

"Nope. We're getting there. Slowly but surely, we're getting there." -Coach

Because the DirecTV cuts tend to be a bit longer than what NBC has room to air, I'm going to be curious to see how much - if any - of the episode's best, most important scene winds up in the NBC version many months from now. It's the scene where Luke joins Vince out on the balcony, and then they're joined by Tinker and then Hastings, and the guys just tell jokes and swap stories and reminisce about shared moments, all with Coach sitting a few feet away on his own patio, obscured by the hotel's architecture, just listening to what's become the core of his growing team. 

The scene runs a little over three minutes, which may not seem like much but is an eternity in TV storytelling time, particularly for something that doesn't seem to move along any ongoing storylines of note, nor feature  any major character revelations. But those three minutes represent everything that the episode is about - which is how this odd group thrown together by circumstance is becoming a real team, one that's a pleasant surprise to Coach and a pretty brutal surprise to the teams they've beat so far this year. Read More...



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