Zach Gilford as Matt Saracen, Friday Night Lights

Zach Gilford as Matt Saracen, Friday Night Lights

Zach Gilford put in a tour-de-force performance in last week’s Friday Night Lights. He is the most underrated actor in the series and this episode gave him the chance to shine. Two scenesĀ  showcased his talent — the dinner scene conversation in which he completely breaks down, and the eulogy he gives about his father, and the one, single, thin little story he has to tell about a man who abandoned him years before. The anecdote he tells is embarrassing in its inadequacy, and all the more poignant for that.

I’ve said it before about the writing on this show — it’s smart, emotionally grounded, compelling. For a series about high school football, it sure has a lot to do with relationships, families, pride, loss, love. Sure, sometimes there is inexplicable melodrama, but the genius is in the little touches. I learn something new about story telling with every episode.

Man, I love this show.


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