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The Televangelist: 'Friday Night Lights' episode 3

Each episode so far this season has run at a languid pace more attune to a hot Texas afternoon rather than that of a compelling drama. I have come to appreciate, however, the realness of the dialogue.

Thanks to the writer's strike, a plethora of our favorites shows went on hiatus for longer than a fickle public was willing to allow. Shows such as "Eli Stone" and "Pushing Daisies" never recovered from their lost audiences, and "Friday Night Lights" never finished season two. NBC.com, in addition to having all "FNL" episodes on tap from the first two seasons as well as current episodes, is now offering "bonus scenes to help catch viewers up on events that occurred during season two's "lost" episodes (such as Smash's injury and Lyla and Tim's relationship).

Why bring this up? Even as big a fan as I am of the show, I started realizing this week how many plot points I'd forgotten. I wondered if the time between last season and this one was enough to dull my appreciation of the show, or whether the show itself lacks a certain emotional punch. Each episode so far this season has run at a languid pace more attune to a hot Texas afternoon rather than that of a compelling drama. I have come to appreciate, however, the realness of the dialogue.