It's fall 2006, and I'm sitting in a dark theater with a few friends, waiting for The Covenant to start. A trailer for some typical football show comes on. Ugh, football. How I loathe thee. But hey, the long-haired witch guy from the movie we're about to troll will be in it, sooo... a girl's gotta do what a girl's gotta do.
I watch the pilot at home on premiere night - October 3, 2006 - and when it's over, I am confused. I hate football. I hate sports and players and cheerleaders and enthusiasm and high school. So why the hell did I love this show?
Friday Night Lights has been over for quite a while, but I've re-watched the series multiple times. The whole thing. All 76 episodes. I have been known to half-ass a lot of things, but not a FNL re-watch. Once I start, I can't stop. This is why.
There are sooo many great characters.
I am a character person. If I'm going to get invested in something, I have to love the characters. You can have the most fascinating plot in the world, but if I don't care about the characters, I'm out.