with weeks and weeks of hearing that it was the best show on t.v. from several sources, i finally caught 1) the brilliant pilot episode and 2) the most recent episode of friday night lights. holy holy! it is so awesome. the pilot episode was enough to keep me hanging around, but based on my viewing of what must have been the fourth or fifth show, it looks like friday night lights has got enough depth and strength to be very good for a while now. i swear to god, i had never screamed at a real football match like the one depicted in the first episode. which, is that sad for me, or sad for football? i don't know, but either way it's good for friday night lights.
other bonuses: all the high school football players are extremely, extremely pretty; the soundtrack to the show is explosions in the sky, just like it was in the movie, and it's just as gorgeous here; and the show takes what could be a very simple, stupid, dumb concept but never condescends to its subjects or characters. i mean, they could take the studio 60 approach and be instructing us to look down at these folks in their small texas town with their unhealthy obsession for football, but instead you just sympathize with them and get incredibly caught up in everything that is going on.
so! watch that.
on the vmars front: a decent episode, but nothing special, like most of the rest of the season. though the last ten minutes were TENSION-FRAUGHT. but what i really think bothers me most about this season is what i'll call the after effects of the STUPIDEST VERONICA MARS EPISODE EVER, the aaron echolls trial episode, where reality took a nap and rob thomas went crazy. basic points of reasoning are just ignored. in this episode, for example - you really think mercer wouldn't have remembered he did his radio show every particular night including nights that rapes happened on? you think keith would really be having an affair with laura san giacomo, who used to be cute but now looks like her face was run over by a truck? and why does veronica just go around freewheeling accusing everyone nowadays without basic shreds of evidence? where's wallace, her MORAL CENTER? where's mac?
well, okay, whatever. who did the rapes? by my count we have two or three episodes before it must be solved, so obviously it's a character we've seen by now. the choices:
-the TA (same actor as lucky the janitor last season, which bugs the frak out of me)
-one of the creepy feminists, somehow (this would be weird, but i think we have some clues - at least one of the rapes was faked; they seem incredibly desperate to get the frats shut down and this would be a way to do it)
-or, it really could have been that one frat president