Orange & Black Breakdown
by Marc Siciliano on 12/14/11 at 07:11 PM ET
Ever since it’s poetic conclusion last season, hockey fans everywhere have been clamoring for another inside look at an NHL team through the 24/7 lens of HBO. Puckheads and casual viewers alike found themselves wanting more, a notion cemented with a Sports Emmy for outstanding edited sports series – the ‘Stanley Cup’ of awards the show would ultimately go on to achieve. Those prayers were answered early this fall, and the plans were put in place.
Now, after months of waiting, the show begins its second season tonight from deep within the hearts of two of the most iconic franchises in the league. So what should we expect?
First and foremost, expect some key themes. There will likely be one unique to each episode, but there might even be a broader one beginning to form in the background as well. The ability to fit the storylines that form into some of these underlying themes is what makes these shows really move you, and tonight should be no different. Last season, the broad theme throughout was the fluidity of the game of hockey itself, capped off with this absolutely stunning montage at the end of episode four. It will be very difficult to top that this time around.
For this first episode, I would also expect a lot of Max. It might be easy to predict this because of his presence in the last series, but I’m banking on seeing a lot of #27 for a few different reasons. First of all, since this was their first week(ish) with cameras, Talbot is one of the few guys that will already be used to them around, so he’ll probably be more comfortable being himself with their presence. Also, I’m pretty sure the Pittsburgh crew is now the Philadelphia crew, and if that’s the case it would be easy to see how Max might pick up where he left off since he already knows the guys.
Even though they won’t have much of a presence on the ice, I would still expect the injured Flyers to be featured in the episode. A lot of folks are writing off Pronger and now Giroux’s presence in the show due to their injuries, but this confuses me. Like it or not, that’s one of the biggest storylines heading into this show. Last year, Jordan Staal played his first game at the winter classic and was prominently featured throughout the series. I would expect this to be the case again tonight; star power cannot simply be ignored due to injury.
Maybe this year we find out why ‘Max is a douche’..
Lastly, I expect a new fan favorite. Guys like Bylsma and Lovejoy became feel good stories for the Pens during their 24/7 experience due to their transparency with the audience. They became the guys you wanted to pull for. There are a lot of candidates on the Flyers that would seem to be in good shape for a similar approach to airtime. Amongst the glut of rookies, I expect one or two of them to stand out in a similar fashion. We might also get a chance to finally see the Shelley that everyone claims is so important to the locker room.
Whatever it is we may or may not see, remember to keep an open mind. With so many different storyline options, don’t be disheartened if your favorite player only gets his left hand on the silver screen for 3 seconds. Don’t try and read into why this may or may not be the case, because odds are you’ve already done too much thinking. With the sheer amount of footage they surely have to draw from, the only bias you’ll see in this hour of programming is of your own development.
So sit back and relax with your favorite Canadian beer and TV tuned to HBO promptly at 10PM ET, because the hour that follows will be sure to satiate the palate of any sports fan looking for the type of cinematic, all-access pass that 24/7 has become synonymous with providing.
Lets Go Flyers!
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The Orange & Black Breakdown looks to be the ultimate, around the clock source for news and information on the Philadelphia Flyers organization and it’s ever-present quest for the Stanley Cup. Focusing on what the team can do to achieve success is the ultimate goal.
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