Friday Night Lights: Season 3 Review: Ep. 6 & 7

Season 3, here we come.


Episode #6 It Ain’t Easy Being J.D. McCoy
This episode involves a hazing accident that J.D. participates in given that he is a freshmen. Coach assigns Tim Riggins to make J.D. feel at home. Time shows him what life in Texas is all about. Coach tells Tim: ‘You are a senior, you aren’t gonna be wearing that uniform much longer.” We also see the pressure J.D.’s dad puts on his son. Jason and Tim and Billy all work on the investment house that they paid for. Tyra’s bull riding boyfriend Cash owes his “family” 1,600 in child support. Tyra breaks it off with him. I love all the talks that Jason Street and Coach Taylor have. Jason tells him that he thinks he made a mistake buying the house. Coach says,” it always looks bad before it gets better…he says, ‘you are following through, don’t start giving up!’ Matt and Julie reconnect and go to a lake and kiss and fall asleep at the cabin. Things get a little out of hand when Tim take J.D. to a party and J.D. drinks.

Episode #7 Keeping Up With Appearances
Billy wants Tim to get into college. Tim keeps getting letters from OU.Coach runs into problems with his fullback. Who sees Tami and they realize his parents don’t know that he plays football. Jason doesn’t cave in the price for selling the house. Buddy tries to connect with his little kids and they give him a hard time. Jemarcus,the fullback, can’t play on Friday because of the parent situation. Buddy says,’they hate me, all a man has is his children.’ Buddy’s daughter says, ‘I wish you weren’t my father.’
The parents of Jemarcus hear out Tami and Eric about how football is good for men. Herc and Jason argue over the price of the house. Tami says to someone,”this is the beginning of the rest of your life, you are a good person, and this is just the beginning.” J.D. has a rough game. Coach tells him, ‘I had expectations and it was hard to live up to them!’
Billy makes a highlight tape of Tim for colleges. Coach, in the video, says, “What defines Tim Riggins,no fear, toughness.” Jason struggles and tells Lila,’You think I could make it somewhere else?’

Friday Night Lights: Season 2: Episodes 8-10

Episode #8 Seeing Other People
The drama of relationships take root in this episode.
Landry meets the brother of the perpetrator who hurt Tyra.Tim, find himself without a position on the team, after the stunt he pulled fleeing to Mexico. Coach shuts him out. Matt has trouble with the caretaker lady caring for his grandmother. He also shuts out the girl that he’s been hanging out with at school.

Episode #9: The Confession
Landry finally breaks and confesses what he has done. In this episode or the next Tim takes it upon himself to help Santiago out. Santiago is new to football, so Tim helps him learn how to tackle.More tension builds with Julie and her mom over the baby christening.

Episode #10: There Goes The Neighborhood
After a horrid tornado comes near Dillon high school, the Panthers are forced to share a field and locker room with a rival team. Tension builds and the opposing teams coach even touches Tim Riggins and Coach Taylor says, ‘I will kick you six ways to Sunday..I will make sure you never coach again!’ Both teams fight each other. Buddy gets news from Lila that her mom, Pam, is going to marry the guy she has been seeing. Someone says a very powerful line: ‘If you care about something you don’t give up, you do whatever it takes!’ Tyra tells Landry: ‘you make me feel to much, it freaks me out!’ There relationship grows and grows and would be my second favorite couple of the show.

Friday Night Lights: Season One: Episodes 16-18

And season one is taking more time then expected but I am committed to breaking down season one.

Episode #16 Black Eyes And Broken Hearts

Julie’s mad at Matt for giving in to the rally girls annual photo shoot for their calendar. Julie doesn’t appreciate being lied to by him. Meanwhile, Coach and the team are in disarray over race issues. Smash’s mom tells him to play. She says, ” You get back at him by playing, you are a leader honey, they’ll follow you.” And so the team doesn’t lose at the expense of Smash and the other players. Matt makes Julie a mix tape. Very classy. Tyra and Julie have problems because Julie’s parents don’t like them hanging out with each other.
Episode #17
Matt and Julie try to have sex but don’t go through with it. Julie’s parents know of it and tell each other that they have raised a good girl, we have to trust that she will make the right decision. It is always a must in tv to add all sort of relationship drama and create the idea that everyone in the series should all hook up by the end of 5 seasons. Its typical. Its sometimes cute but mostly its cliche and superfluous.That’s all there is to say about that. Tami holds a forum at the school to talk about racism and sparks fly as it turns out not to be a civil discussion.

Episode #18 Extended Families

Conflict arises when Buddy and Tyra’s mom hook up. This is an affair for Buddy, and a bad decision for her. Tim’s dad stole a camera from the team after Tim defended his dad to Coach. Lyla and Jason connect in light of the division in Lyla’s family. Coach Taylor in his infinite wisdom tells Buddy, ‘I think you hide your head in football to need to pay attention to your family.’ Buddy responds with a line that describes the fervor in this character. Buddy says, ‘I will always care about the Panthers, always,Pam, can cut off my head and stick it on a spike!’Basically nothing is more important than football. That is what Buddy stands for. In an effort to touch multiple social issues the series tackles racism and the implications of making life about a sport. But talking about mental health issues(something that is becoming more common now( i.e. Silver Linings Playbook and Homeland) but this show touches it a little bit, which I appreciate.
Smash has been seeing Waverly(the pastor’s daughter) and she has been diagnosed with bipolar mood disorder. And in this show we see that she gets off her medication and her dad’s concerns reach Smash and Smash learns that something is different about her. Someone says, ‘I love you and I need you in my life, I am not letting you go!’ Classic love.

Friday Night Lights: Season One Review: Episodes 4-8

And the goodness of season one continues..
Episode #4: Who’s Your Daddy
Dillon gets desperate to replace Jason Street. Buddy Garrity, who plays the ultimate die hard do whatever it takes to win football fan. Buddy had won a state championship back in the eighties. A new quarterback shows up in town, Voodoo is his name. Matt Saracen begins to like the coach’s daughter, Julie and worries that he won’t be number one at quarterback. Coach tells Matt to ask her out, whoever she is. Lyla and Tim kiss and start spending time with each other behind Jason’s back. Coach has the whole team over at this house and a brick(from the other team) throws a brick through his window that says, ‘die panther pigs!’
The team smashes up the rival quarterbacks car. Matt gets beat up by them at work.

Coach Taylor quotes : “I believe you can do anything you put your mind to, and ‘winning goes to the one who wants it most!”

Episode #5: Git’er Done

Voodoo disrespect the coach and says he is only on the team to get noticed and get into LSU. Tim gets over blaming himself and finally visits Jason in the hospital. Jason says “I need you right are my best friend.” The Friday night game ensues problems with Voodoo, he calls his own plays and causes trouble. Coach yells at him and says, ‘you are done!’

Episode #6: El Accidente

This show captures the mentality that football is life. Football is all that matters. And even lying to make your team be the best of the best is acceptable in this town of Dillon. 16,0000 people fill Herman field every Friday night. In this episode ethics regarding how Voodoo got on the team confront the coach. Buddy Garrity wants to say he is eligible. Racist comments from Voodoo cause one of the kids to get kicked off the team. Someone says, “we will rise up, we will get through anything at all.” Tim and Lyla take Jason out of the hospital for a day and the famous line: Texas, forever!

Episode #7: Homecoming

Jason Street is asked to come to the game for Homecoming night. Smash feels pressure from a scout and doesn’t have a good game, at all. Tim Riggins steps in and tears it up. Due to Brian ‘Smash’ Williams bad game the scout tells him to improve his speed and strength. This makes Smash resort to taking performance enhancers/steroids of some kind(just like the movie The Program.)

Episode#8: Crossing The Line

Matt gets Smash a job at the Alamo Freeze and tries to steal cash from the register. Smash lies to his mom about what he needs money for, and the church he attends takes up an offering for him. He gets corrupted and uses the offering money for the drugs. Billy(Tim’s brother) confronts Tim and says ‘ no one wants you!’ Jason overcomes and plays in a wheelchair game with Herc(his roommate from the hospital). Jason also finds out that Lyla and Tim have been hanging out behind his back.He yells at Tim and says ‘You are a coward Tim, you are a coward!’

TV Show Review: Friday Night Lights(Season One 2006) Part One

I have always been a fan(and participant) in two things: powerful, well-played dramas on television(and always in film) and sports. I grew up playing ice hockey. Hockey was life. Hockey was religion. Second to spending Sundays with family hockey came at a close second place. All that being said I have yet to find any hockey television show out there. Football is not my first choice of sports I know about. As I just posted last week I am in a fantasy football league and I am the most inept in football knowledge. The highlight for me is making weekly update podcasts that have nothing to do with stats,facts, or anything near that. I make the show to incorporate movie facts, pop culture, and creative ways to poke fun at our league.

I have stumbled upon something as amazing as watching Parenthood(a review soon to come as well). Parenthood really makes you want to be a better dad, better man and better spouse but Friday Night Lights, well, it makes you want to be a better person. The idea for the show began as a book by H.G. Bissinger. The book came out in 2000, and was all about(I have never read it) the obsession with small town Texas football. Football as a way of life, as a way for people to come together. The movie came out four years later starring Billy Bob Thorton as the coach. The movie, directed by Peter Berg, who then two years later started the show with NBC and with producer Jason Katims(My So Called Life, Roswell, Boston Public, and currently Parenthood).


I realize I am 5 years later to this show but it is completely worth writing about because it is the shaky hand cam( sort of like The Office and Modern Family). Friday Night Lights tells the story of how football is not everything. Football is not all their is to life but in the town of Dillon, it is all people hold onto. Football for these characters is what they hold onto to succeed in life. Tuned to the melody of Explosions In The Sky(they do the theme song) the music is almost the best part of the show.

I am turning this into multiple posts because there are 22 episodes in the first season.

The first show opens up with Sport’s Illustrated interviewing the famous number one ranked Dillon Panthers. They are considered the best in the state. Coach Eric Taylor(played superbly by Kyle Chandler) is in his first year for this team. Jason Street(Scott Porter) is the anchor of the team, he is QB and he is the future of the team. Tim Riggins(Taylor Kitsch) as the hard-hitting fullback, alcoholic and without parents. The Boobie Miles of the team is Brian “Smash” Williams(Gaius Charles). It seems like Terrell Owens and Randy Moss climbed inside the psyche of a teenager and created this character. The first episode shows these star players playing their opening game and tragedy strikes. Towards the end of the game, in an effort to stop a game-winning run, Jason Street tackles a man and takes him down but while doing so hurts himself. He can’t get up and then the ambulances come and take him away. The coach says “its only football” which seems to be a shocker in the town of Dillon, to even say that. Coach Taylor also says “people are expecting a lot, you have earned this, the right to win.”
I don’t remember exactly what episode this was from but Coach Taylor deserves to be quoted, probably more than anyone else in this show. He says: “we will all fall at some point in our lives and what we have is special, when it is taken from us we will be tested, it is this pain that causes us to look inside ourselves.”

The show spins towards football still being everything but everyone in conflict after Jason Street gets badly injured.