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It's hard to believe there are only two episodes of Friday Night Lights left for this season. Or thirteen for those who had the patience to wait. ;)


Friday Night Lights

I almost stopped the episode at one point to look out my window to see if the sky was green and pigs were flying by. Lyla Garrity is getting drunk, staying up all night, skipping school and throwing herself pity party. Tim is being the responsible one, not only trying to get her to do the right thing, but doing so himself. He even took her to church. Usually taking blows to the head is detrimental, not so much for him. And when he told Lyla that he wasn't just in love with her, but he was madly in love with her, not only did I believe him, I got a little verklempt. He may actually be pulling his life together.

I'm still perplexed by Mindy's decision to have a tea party for her bridal shower. Maybe it was her own small way of trying
to show she's maturing. Tyra trying to organize the whole thing was very humorous. Of course, Landry is there to help her, but, this time, he volunteered to help. That's Landry, he's a helper. And Tyra was genuinely appreciative.

Poor Matt is finally having to admit he can't take care of his grandma anymore. She needs constant supervision and it's impossible for him to do, even with the help of his mother. We still don't have all the answers as to why his mom abandoned him, but I am glad she is there for him to leave on. And when she told him she's not going anywhere, I believed her.

I'm wondering if Matt's father knows Matt's mother is back in the picture? I have a suspicion Matt hasn't mentioned anything to him.

I did have two issues with this episode and both involved Joe McCoy. It seemed the episode was building towards a violent outburst by Joe and I was hoping they weren't going there. Parents can make their kid's life a living hell without ever laying a hand on him. Joe McCoy was clearly emotionally abusive to his son and was doing a tremendous amount of damage to the kid psychologically. But I'm not sure if he realized his controlling and domineering ways were doing damage to JD. Beating him up, there is no way he can argue he was oblivious to what he was doing. And it just wasn't necessary.

My other problem was Eric and Tami coming to the rescue, again. You all know how much I adore Eric and Tami. They are one of my all time favorite TV couples. But I'm growing tired of them always being in the right place at the right time. They've been available to help every single kid every time they needed it. The last instance was only a couple weeks ago with Tyra. Enough already. The whole plot veered into 'made for TV' territory for me.

I'm not sure how I feel about Dillion being split into two high school districts. Do they really have 2,000 students at Dillion? It's never seemed that crowded to me. I have a feeling Eric and Tami are going to find themselves working for two different high schools should there be a Season 3.

Speaking of a possible Season 3, as much as I've loved this season, I'm not sure about a forth. Smash and Jason are gone. Tyra, Landry, Matt, Lyla, and Tim will be graduating and most, if not all, will be moving on. They've only introduced one new player, JD, and, frankly, he's not that interesting a character. In part, because his father is rather two dimensional and his mother is almost a non-entity. Maybe it wouldn't be a bad idea to quit while they are ahead creatively.



Chuck

I had just a few quick thoughts on this episode.

I love that Casey not only got stuck with the wrapping station, but that he took his job seriously. I mean, he ran out for supplies!

When Casey was picked to leave the Buy More, he was very quick to suggest Elly take his place. Am I sensing a crush there?

Chuck's reaction to Sarah killing the Fulcrom agent threw me a bit. I guess he was still living in a world where he thought everyone else killed people, but not Sarah and seeing her pull the trigger showed him she's not so removed from Casey and the other agents. But it's her job to protect him, she told him she would do whatever she had to to do so, and Chuck told the agent he was the Intersect. She had no options.


Many of you have probably already seen them, but a couple of interesting trailers debuted last week:

X-Men Origins: Wolverine



I've seen some bloggers (AKA fanboys) complain about the lack of action in the trailer. I, on the other hand, am very excited by what I am seeing (accept for the helicopter stunt which looks ridiculous). Hugh Jackman has said that he wanted to make a more character driven film and this seems to be less a super hero movie than the story of a man who happens to be a mutant and becomes a super hero.


Terminator: Salvation



The film seems to be acknowledging the future has changed or is changing. I was concerned as to how the mythology of this film and the series would gel, but if they addressing that changes in the past/present have altered the world John is living end, then it may all work together.
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Chuck's reaction to Sarah killing the Fulcrom agent threw me a bit


It also threw me that Chuck purposely questioned her to see if she'd lie, testing her. I didn't see the purpose of this but to induce angst and, I dunno, Chuck pulling that bugged me.

You know, I really am enjoying this season a whole lot more than last, but it has definitely lost some of its momentum for me since the single-purpose Jill arc.

It seemed like Chuck was regressing to me. He's more involved in the missions than he ever has been. He's no longer just a guy to be protected, he's part of the team. And to have him shocked by Sarah's actions seemed off. Like you said, it just seemed like they were trying to create angst and I would have preferred they show Chuck deal with the realization that Sarah would go that far to ensure his safety and what that says about their relationship.

I was never a fan of the Jill arc because, again, Chuck seem to regress.
I have that problem myself. I can get behind a storyline where Casey pines after her though and accepts with Great Stoicism that Awesome is the right man for her. And then kills some people who deserve it.
I think it's more that from what Chuck saw, Sarah killed an unarmed surrendering suspect in cold blood. She may have killed in front of him before, but if she did, it was in the middle of battle. I don't think he heard the agent threaten him either.

And I would love to ship Casey and Elly, but Devon is, well, awesome, so I can't.
Agreed.

But I also think it was stupid for the agent to go all Dr. Evil on Sarah with the "No matter where I go, no matter what you do, I'm coming for Chuck, mwahahahahaha." I think it would have been more powerful and less obvious if she killed him and we overheard her telling Casey something about how he knew Chuck was the intersect and it was too dangerous to keep him alive...instead of the Dr. Evil speech. But what do I know?
Yeah, that was a very dumb speech. What did he expect? "I threaten your ultimate asset! haHA!" Any of the team, from the Colonel on down, would have taken him out.
During the scene where the Fulcrom agent laid out his entire plan to Sarah I waited for Seth Green to jump out from behind a Christmas tree and chew him out. ;) Ever since Austin Powers I have been unable to tolerate any exposition for the villain. That film ruined my suspension of disbelief!
Oh, wow. Salvation looks AMAZING. I'd heard from the very beginning of TSCC that the movie franchise was going to take the events of the show into account and now this kinda confirms it. And I so hope that as the trailers show up for the flick, the ratings jump when TSCC comes back in *sniffle* February.
I hope TSCC gets picked up for a third season because after the release of the film I suspect they may pick up many viewers.
I love that Casey not only got stuck with the wrapping station, but that he took his job seriously. I mean, he ran out for supplies!

Casey with his multiple papercuts from working the gift wrap station made my day, as did Reginald Veljohnson reprising his Die Hard role.

Chuck/Sarah angst always falls flat for me. I really like both characters, but the obstacles to their romance always seem so forced by the writers that I can't work up any interest.
So, Reginald was playing the same character. I thought he was, but it's been so long since I've seen Die Hard I couldn't recall the character's name.

I loved the way they handled Sarah/Chuck last season and the start of the season, but I had fears that trying to come up with ways to keep them apart was going to grow tiresome and it's getting to that point. And every time their resolve to stay apart weakens, the show has to come up with a new obstacle. So, now we have Sarah kill someone in front of Chuck in order for him to rethink his feelings for her.
I guess he was still living in a world where he thought everyone else killed people, but not Sarah and seeing her pull the trigger showed him she's not so removed from Casey and the other agents. But it's her job to protect him, she told him she would do whatever she had to to do so, and Chuck told the agent he was the Intersect. She had no options.


I actually liked that a lot more than most of the obstacles the writers have thrown between them. I do think it was a moment of reality sinking in for Chuck. He's been getting into the spy games, but they've been mostly games to him. More than that, I think he has to untangle how much responsibility he also bears for what Sarah did, by telling the agent he was the Intersect, by being the thing she has to protect. It's messy. I like it.
I'm really looking forward to both these films - enough so that I'm hoping my local art house cinema will show them, so that I can go and see them both.

The Wolverine film looks like it's much closer in theme to some of the better Wolverine comic miniseries, and I'm keen on seeing Gambit on film. He's one of the more interesting X-men.

I like the idea of Terminator: Salvation; the grim future advocated in the first three films presents some good storytelling possibilities, but the possibility that the future can be altered by what they're doing now rather than simply rushing forward like a tidal wave is compelling. And has interesting implications for the Sarah Connor Chronicles, of course...
Thanks for posting the Salvation trailer. It looks great and that is one movie I'm certainly looking forward to. I am confused though as I'm sure I read a comment from the guy responsible for TSCC somewhere in which he said that they were doing their thing, and McG was doing his with the film and that they were ignoring each other. Ah well, guess we'll find out later this year (as it's just turned 2009 here)