Thursday, April 12, 2007

The Panthers win, the Panthers win!

Alan Sepinwall of the New Jersey Star-Ledger did a bunch of my work for me with a list of the season's greatest moments, so I'll let him start it off:

- Tami having The Talk with Julie;
- The prayer circle after the miracle victory in the pilot;
- The first (and presumably only) concert by Crucifictorius;
- Street, Smash, Riggins and Saracen getting drunk on the field;
- Tyra turning into Dick Butkus during Powderpuff;
- The entirety of "Mud Bowl";
- The ominous shot of Voodoo making his first walk across the Panthers' practice field;
- Landry at the Landing Strip;
- The team getting pelted with food and garbage after the brawl in the racist town;
- "I'm crippled, and I want to listen to Nirvana!";
- "Hi, Mrs. Coach.";
- The Members Only jacket, and Coach's reaction to it;
- Coach following Mrs. Coach to bed at the end of last week's episode;
- Saracen singing "Mr. Sandman" to his grandma;
- The sound of the buzzsaw cutting open Street's helmet in the emergency room;
- The pure joy on everyone's face at the victory parade (not to mention the season-bookending use of "Devil Town" on the soundtrack);
- Coach's abrupt mood switch when he found out Saracen had made Julie his quarterback;
- Tyra getting photographed at the police station like she was the perp and not the victim;
- Coach deciding to stay in Dillon because of the baby and Tami talking him out of it (though in the end he seems to decide to stay for a reason that he won't regret later);
- Buddy being magnanimous about Coach's new job;
- Slammin' Sammy Meade and his listeners not taking more than a second to bask in the victory before piling on Coach for leaving;

As for me, the episode was way overstuffed, but it had some wonderful moments, mostly Landry's.

I'm OK with the Panthers winning state, but I hated the comeback from 26-0. 17-0 would be the correct, inspiring halftime comeback, because then the Panthers could score four times and win, but VooDoo and Co. could still score once more (for a final score of 28-24), which is way more realistic and provides late-game tension.

Is it just me, 'cause this is the first time I realized Smash was a junior. Who else is an underclassman, besides Saracen?

Loved Lyla's car breaking down. Even Buddy gets to be right once in a while.

It had its flaws, but taken as a whole, this has to rank as one of the greatest seasons in television history. Just really, really wonderful storytelling and acting.

We'll find out next month whether there'll be a season two.



At 7:46 AM, April 17, 2007, Blogger Dena Rosenberry said...

Mack and I are faithful viewers, too, but we missed the season ender! I'm cheering for Season 2! Season 2!


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