4×11 – Injury List + Zach Gilford Interview

This week Russ, Lyle, and Blake discuss the eleventh episode of Season Four called “Injury List”. The episode once again held lots of heaviness in the story lines. Luke’s injury becomes public, Tami faces a possible firing, Eric feels the pressure of the gave vs. the Dillon Panthers and Vince turns back to crime.

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Zach Gilford is amazing. I am really gonna miss him but I hope they find a way to for Julie and Matt to find their way back to each other. After all there are a few happy endings in this world

Thank you, thank you for the interview. It was so nice to hear Zach's perspective of the show and his character. He is such a fine, fine actor … I think we'll see much more of him in the future.

You're episode review was spot on. I'm with you … as Coach said to Smash while playing racket ball … "I just need something good to happen." After this rash of such heavy duty, weighted episodes, we all need something good to happen.

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Great interview with Zach!

I'm most incensed right now with the Becky/Luke's mom/Tammy storyline right now. The fact that Tammy had to be dragged into it even further by the woman at the school board not taking in that "Becky's mom drove her to the abortion," or the fact that they didn't have Tammy repeat that over and over or something. Why can't they follow up with Becky's mom? I'm very frustrated.

Also, why is it that we have these scenes with Becky and Luke or Becky and a member of Luke's family that aren't seen, and then we don't know what happened, or have to try to guess what happened? Does this stuff end up on the editing floor, and then it leaves significant holes in the show plotline?

I really, really love the show but get frustrated when they're still trying to cram storylines for a 22-show season into 13 episodes. It's why I think Season 1 is still the best and most perfect season of this show ever; I'm left with characters and scenes strengthening the other 3 seasons without being able to complement those seasons as a whole. We as viewers get frustrated when we don't get enough of this character or that character and storylines go quicker than we think they should, because of this.

I definitely agree that the show needs to have some lighter moments, one thing I love about FNL is that the show can have me teary eyed one moment and then laughing another, but these past couple episodes it's mostly just been teary eyed, the end were Vince was crying with Jess was heartbreaking, hopefully like you said we can end Season 4 on a lighter note. I think with Season 5 where presumably Julie, Laundry and Tim just becoming recurring there will be more time to focus on the new characters and really to expand on them, they'll have more space. But no matter what FNL is still my favourite show on telly!

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Here, here! Mine, too. :)

I might have to disagree about the length of seasons. I like the mystery of the show. For me it all adds to the realism. In real life we aren't privy to actual one on one conversations, and that's why people choose sides. And for most dramas, 13 episodes keeps us guessing, but 22 I think would be too much fluff.

I loved season 1. But I don't think that's a fair comparison because most first seasons are the ones that make you like or dislike the show. Now we're used to the "realism", the different camera work, and the characters. For every show I love, the first season always seems to be one of the best. You're still getting to know it so nothing feels played out.

But compare the fifteen episodes of season two(originally scheduled for 22 but shortened because of the writers strike) with the 13 episodes in season three. Three is vastly superior because they knew they had a much shorter story arc to construct. So there are things we don't see, but the finished product I think is much better.

Although obviously I would love to see more episodes, at times I think the story lines are tighter, dialogue is wittier, and pace is quicker because of the limited timeframe they have. The power from "The Son" is that they had to cram all the emotion from one actor into one episode. The entire story line might not be as powerful if it lasted over three weeks.

But most of all, I do agree that I am frustrated with the Becky/Luke's Mom/Tammy Taylor ordeal.

Wanted to say that I'm loving the podcast–thanks guys! Also, the suspension of disbelief required over East Dillon's total crimeriddeness is pretty ridiculous. I just rewatched the 9th episode of the 1st season where the team goes to Gatling, which is basically what they decided East Dillon to be in this season–a dangerous, mostly minority ghetto. And Smash even calls his mom on moving them to a whiter town (Dillon). But whatever, the writers can basically pull anything on me at this point–I'm way too hooked.

gotta be honest – i hated the grandma and i'm glad she left. i can't see how everyone else liked her. the way she treated people, especially matt who busted his ass for her day in/day out and, i don't know, i just didn't like her attitude or whatever. pissed me off.

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