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Friday Night Lights

I've liked Friday Night Lights since the beginning. Even when I wondered what the hell they were thinking during the second season, I stuck around because there would be an episode or a moment that reminded me of the series potential for greatness. Season 1 I would say ranks as one of the best seasons of any television series in the history of television. But, it wasn't until this morning, as I finished watching this weeks episode and saw the preview for next weeks that I thought, "Is it Wednesday yet?" There is only one other show that I have the 'I can't wait until next week feeling' for and it's Battlestar Galactica. So, for anyone not watching Friday Night Lights and who knows of my love for BSG, yeah, FNL is that awesome.

Let me get the 'Oh, Tyra' moment out of the way. I feel it's safe to say Tyra has finally hit bottom and seen the light. Not only is Cash a pill popper who drinks too much, he has a gambling problem, and it was clear he was on the brink of being physically abusive. I'm as pissed as Tami is that she's blown so many chances and put herself in the position she has put herself in, but at least she made the phone call and asked for help. Can she salvage her senior year and go to college? I'm not sure. What I think should happen is she ends up going to community college for a year and has to work even harder to get out of Dillion. And I don't want to see everyone get a happy ending at the close of the season.

Tim seems to have seen the light as well or at least took off the sunglasses for a time. His talent on the field has helped him get into college, but can he make it through four (or five) years? I'm not sure if this is a college that will give him a free pass on classes and even if they do what about his drinking and general laziness? Maybe he loves Lila enough to try and if he enjoys some success that will keep him on the right track.

I don't think I've ever been pissed at Grandma Saracen before. She was lucid throughout this episode (Actually, she seems to be better this season. Perhaps an improved diet and medication is helping.) and she expects Matt never to leave her. In other words, not go to college and have a life of his own. The last thing I want to envision is a thirty year old Matt, managing the fast food joint, watching high school football games and thinking about what might have been.

I wish we had more information as to what happened between Matt's parents because his mom is doing a hell of a lot now to try and help him. I'm sure it is, in part, motivated by guilt, but there are plenty of parents who abandon their kids and never look back. She's willing to stay and take care of woman who can't stand her so Matt can have a better life.

I predicted after the last episode that either J.D. would have a horrible game and Matt would have to replace him or Matt would get his moment to shine. I didn't think it would happen on national TV though! But I give the writers credit, they didn't overplay it. Matt played a very good game, but he didn't do anything spectacular. There was no leap in the air to catch the game winning touchdown in the final seconds. Sometimes games are won just by holding onto the ball and getting that first down.
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Tyra and Matt just... *sigh* This show has come back so well. I loved the Taylors going to pick her up and how that was played between Tyra and Tami.

And I have to admit, I appreciate the storytelling choice that Grandma is selfish about the idea of Matt going off to college. She's clearly terrified and while my heart bleeds for Matt and I'd hoped for a better reaction, I find it quite believable. Poor Matt. I'm hoping so hard for him; I don't think everyone is going to get a happy ending and I wonder about Matt vs. Tyra on that front (with Smash and Jason already having got their happy ending), but boy, it would be so awful if he got stuck in Dillon.

I'd quite like to know more about the backstory of his parents, too. I'm intrigued where they're going with his mom.

And I thought Lyla and Mindy and the drunken dancing was awesome. :-)
Usually when a show takes a dive in quality (and logic) that it did in Season 2 there is no coming back. That it not only came back, but is on par with season one is amazing. ::applauds the writers::

There wasn't a doubt that Tami and Eric would go get Tyra. I also appreciate that Tami did not leave the chocolate behind! ;)

I can understand his grandma's fears, but she's raised Matt to be a good student, a good athlete, and a good man and then to expect him to stay there and take care of her threw me. And she'll never admit she has has health issues, yet basically admits she needs Matt to take care of her. Ultimately, my mind says she's the adult and she needs to start facing the difficult decisions about her long term care.

Accept for Julie, all the characters graduate this season. How many of the cast do they get rid of? It would seem that one or two would likely stay behind in Dillion. Landry with his 4.6 GPA seems the most likely candidate to go.

Lyla always bonds with the unlikeliest of people. I had a feeling Mindy was going to take Billy back. In many ways, they are perfect for each other.
Hmm. I'm not entirely willing to cut Matt's mom some slack because it seems like she never even attempted to make contact with him in all those years, to the point that Matt thought he had to remind her who he was. I might change my mind, though, if there turns out to be a good explanation. That said, she IS making a genuine attempt now, and that counts for something.

I have no idea about happy endings. I almost wish they would be reserved for the characters who *weren't* trying so hard to get out of Dillon and make something of their lives, but then how realistic is that? The writers show how hard life is in a small town like Dillon, but they also seem to genuinely love and celebrate life there. Having most of the characters escape to college (even if they eventually return - though we wouldn't know unless they did a "five years later" finale) would seem to negate that. Hmm.
I'm thinking Matt's mom thought, at the time, she had to stay away. Did Matt's father threaten her? Or was she told Matt hated her and was surprised to see him show up on her doorstep? Was she a drug addict who just got her life together? I'm not giving her a free pass because she's trying to be a mom to Matt now, but it just feels as if there was something that was keeping her away and it's not that she didn't care.

I'm probably being too general when I talk about escaping Dillion. I don't feel people are trying to flee Dillion or what it represents, but their situations in Dillion. For Smash, going to college meant going to the pros and making his mother's life easier. Jason has opportunities in New York he would never have back home given his injury. Tyra, Tim, and Matt don't have the happiest of home lives. And there's Julie, who does well in school and has a loving, supportive family. When she was presented with the possibility of moving to Austin she wanted to stay.
This season is SO GOOD. I'm so happy they've recovered after S2 which had overall kinda bugged and bored me. I felt the same way as you after seeing the preview for next week. Omg, want to see it NOW.

Also I totally bawled during last week's episode about Jason. His speech at the end, and then the final shot of Riggins. And I loved their hijinks in NY. Gypsy!
I knew Eric and Tami would eventually find out Julie and Matt were more than holding hands, but not in the way they are going to find out. I'm torn as to who will be more traumatized - Eric or Matt?

Riggins cried! Well, his boyfriend was leaving him. ;)