As soon as the lights went out over at Friday Night Lights, the talk began, much of it coming from the show’s executive producer (and director of the first Friday Night Lights movie) Peter Berg: there might be a post-series FNL movie. Now it seems that Berg is serious—he told reporters at the Television Critic’s Association press tour that he and showrunner Jason Katims were working on a script, and that, “if all goes well, we would shoot it next year.”
This is a terrible idea. And I say that as a huge fan of and advocate of Friday Night Lights and everything it represented. The series finale was easily one of the best show-ending episodes ever. If you haven’t yet seen it, I won’t spoil how it all turns out; if you have, the brief exchange of words between Coach Taylor and Vince in the locker room before taking the field for the final time, the ring on Jess’ finger, “Texas forever”…damn, I still get teary thinking about it. It closed out the show in a completely satisfying way, something that few of my favorite shows have been able to do. (Looking at you, Lost.) Watching it, I was reminded of how Mark Twain closed out Tom Sawyer: “When one writes about a novel about grown people, he knows exactly where to stop…but when he writes of juveniles, he must stop where he best can.” The finale succeeded on both counts. Story: told, and told well.
You don’t mess with Texas. Or perfection.