Friday Night Lights: Seeing Other People
(S05E08) I know a few people, and I've read comments from a number of others here at TV Squad, who refuse to watch the promos for shows that the networks put out. It usually boils down to them being either full of spoilers or completely misleading. If you are one of those people, this episode was for you, because not only did those of us that saw the promo have the ending spoiled, but we were also completely misled as to what the episode would be about, and I'm really not sure why the network did it. More on that, and the rest of the happenings this week in Dillon, after the jump.
Gallery: Friday Night Lights
Ok, since all the promos had the end scene with Landry walking into the police station to confess in them, we'll start with that. Despite the rocky reception the whole murder story has received, the show is kind of stuck with it at this point and they are going to have to deal with it. I just don't get why all the promos I saw this week played that story up for this episode. It was such a small portion of it that it seemed an odd choice, especially given the way the story has been received.
As far as the story itself goes, I still haven't come around as Jason Katims suggested viewers would. The Landry/Tyra relationship just gets more confusing with each new scene. She's blowing him off, and then she's not. Now we have the touching hand-holding scene. I know that the story between the two of them was supposed to be a huge part of the reason for this entire story, but it just doesn't seem to be working. It seems to me like they got cold feet at some point and backed off. Maybe if we had seen more of the two of them dealing with some of this stuff over the past few weeks it would come across better, but at this point, I'm pretty much waiting for that particular story to be done.
That being said, I did really like the scene with Landry and Lyla. It fit with the new teen messenger Lyla, and it set the stage very well for the final scene when Landry finally headed in to confess. Doing the right thing is something that works with what we have learned about Landry over the past thirty episodes. Unfortunately, he's doing the right thing in a story that doesn't work. Fruit of the poisoned tree and whatnot.
Luckily, there was a lot more going on in Dillon this week. Including some actual football. I've never been all that concerned with how much or how little football they work into the show, because I prefer the off the field stories. But it does seem like the football aspect has been somewhat shorted so far this season. With so much disarray with the team so far this season, I was expecting to see a rare Panther loss. 37 - 0 though, that was a bit unexpected. I suspect that we will see that ship get righted sooner, rather than later. The prospects for the turnaround should be helped by the return of Riggins.
And speaking of our favorite high school drunkard, his was the most surprising story for me tonight. Not that it was full of tricky plot twists or anything, but surprising because I actually liked the scenes with his new roommate. When we saw the beginnings of that my initial thought was, "What the hell?" But tonight I actually found it rather funny. The walking around the house in tighty-whities, mixing the smoothie with whiskey, the binoculars that double as a flask. As they sat in the deer blind drinking the day away I couldn't help but think this was Tim with the ghost of Riggins future. And that, as much as the meth lab in the back yard, was what snapped him out of his funk.
Our pal Saracen had a funk of his own this week. Understandable though, because who doesn't get annoyed with quarterbacking the state championship football team and dating a gorgeous cheerleader? As if he didn't have enough problems to deal with. I'm reserving final judgment on the whole Matt/Carlotta relationship until we see where it goes, but at this point, I'm not a big fan. It still seems a little creepy, and a whole lot inappropriate. Now, get off my lawn. On the plus side, Saracen did have the best line of the night when he picked up Smash and asked him, "Seriously, was it like Cabo in your pants?"
Ah yes, The Smash. His first recruiting trip was everything that it was expected to be, and everything that Mrs. Williams feared it would be. It was interesting in that it showed just how well Smash fits in. He's brash, and at times a blowhard, but he is a charismatic guy. The bit with the girl being the girlfriend of the angry lineman was rather obvious, but still made for a great scene as he made his escape. I think there are still some recruiting hijinks in the offing for Smash, but I'm still betting he ends up at Whitmore, just like his mother wants.
I liked that he called Saracen to bail him out as well. The development of their relationship has progressed nicely over the course of the show. A little acceptance on the part of Smash, and a little (not a lot, but a little) boost to the self esteem for Saracen has put them on what is almost level ground with each other.
And that brings us to the Taylors. It was a heavy week around the Taylor house. First we had Tami 'calling Noah a pedophile in front of the whole school!' Exactly the kind of hyperbole that is to be expected from an angsty teenage mind. I actually thought Tami was mostly in the right here. But then, I don't have kids, so what do I know about parenting a teenage daughter. While she did go too far with the threat of sending Eric over to kick his ass, clearly there is something off with that relationship.
There was also a nice parallel there between Julie's situation with Tami, and Tami's with Eric. Where Julie thinks that everything is innocent and no harm is being done, Tami sees something completely different. Just as Tami thinks her goofing around like kids with Glen is innocent, and Eric has a whole other take on it. Eric really started to sound like Coach Taylor there for a bit when he launched into his reasoning over why that relationship is a problem. And when he went with, "You need to pay more attention to your family." Now, that was never going to be a good idea. Tami didn't even need to voice the response to it, because Eric new what it was, as did we. There was a bit of closure there at the end though, so hopefully the Taylors can have a bit of fun and happiness over the holidays.
As far as Shelly goes, I'm left thinking along similar lines to Eric. Just what is she doing there again? Her little pow-wow with Julie felt a little out of line, especially the way she shushed Tami. For a moment I thought we were headed for the suggestion that Julie go live with Shelly for a while. I think we all know how that would have gone over with Tami. But it would have fit right in with Julie's present state of mind.
So, another one in the books. I think season two is still a step off the pace of season one. That's not the worst place to be though, because I also thought that last season Friday Night Lights was the best new show of the year. With the team finally coming back together and a resolution to the murder mystery coming, hopefully the show can regain that lost step and get back to top form.
|Heck yeah, Mrs. Williams gets what she wants.||163 (52.6%)|
|Nope, The Smash will be at an even bigger school.||147 (47.4%)|