The setting and subject matter are refreshing, and the quality of filming is excellent, even if they do get bogged down by the usual football movie clichés - slow motion, zooming in, internal monologues, cheap ways of amping up tension etc.
It manages to highlight issues like absent fatherhood, anger management and jealousy in a way that most idealistically sunshine filled kids television does not.
It even manages to be genuinely humorous at times, especially with the character of Indira, played with a lot of spark by the promising Millie Gibbons.
Band member Chris Henneessee, who recently released a solo album through Jamey’s new record label Big Gassed Records and occasionally opens for Jamey, also appears to still be on board.
Steel guitar player “Cowboy” Eddie Long also remains in the band.
Keyboard player John Scott and drummer Mike Kennedy were two of the individuals involved in the arrests, and they have also left the band.
Drummer Chris Powell reportedly left the band prior to the arrests, and bassist Mark Crum who was part of the arrests, appears to still be still playing in the band.
The kid playing Jamie is merely adequate - he does a good line in looking sulky but is pretty wooden and monotone when delivering his lines, and not in a practised 'apathetic teenager' sort of way.