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21 October 2007 @ 08:00 pm
Friday Night Lights 2.03  
What a relief! And wow, new Coach sucks even more than we thought. I'm a little disappointed that the show's gone with such a black and white treatment of him so far. I mean I want Coach back too, but did this guy have to be an ass to everyone? Poor Jason. Though I really loved his two confrontations with Riggins--both made me laugh. They're really just such kids still, and I'm delighted that Tim's going with Jas to Mexico--it means he'll have someone to rail at and someone to be there when it inevitably all falls apart.

Speaking of inevitably falling apart... for now, Tyra and Landry are really sweet. I'm glad that Tyra articulated what she found attractive in Landry and that it's not JUST about the murder for her. I always thought she'd get seduced by the idea of someone really caring for her and I can't help but feel glad for her, even if it's under awful circumstances. Seems like Landry's father's already clueing in to things not being right, and when the watch business comes out into the open it's going to be terrible.

I enjoyed the Tim and Lyla plot way more than I expected to. I think it worked really well because Tim is so very lost and he craves connection desperately. He's also used to associating a sense of well-being and a purpose in life with sexual conquest. I'm not surprised he made a move on Lyla but I believe him that he didn't mean it as a 'line'. He's clutching at anything that'll make him feel connected and worthwhile and she seems like a chance at that. He doesn't see that for her a spiritual life is separate. They were at such perfectly drawn cross-purposes: it was really well written.

Poor Matt broke my heart with his apology to Coach. Honey, she dumped you: no apology needed! And I kind of liked seeing him lose it with Smash who can be so completely self-obsessed and really does need taken down a notch. It was also amusing to see him fall into typical teenage boy mode and expect the nurse to do his laundry. SO glad she didn't! I like her a lot so far and I'm glad Matt's got her around.

Julie's busy being a typical teenager. It's painful to watch but believable, and I'm glad it's now been articulated that she feels betrayed by the birth of her sister and her father's departure. Poor Tami! I think she's doing really well, all things considered. But it's sad to see it taking such a toll on the family anyway. I guess this is the flipside of them being (usually) such an amazingly healthy family unit--when they fragment things start to fall apart.

Can I put a bullet through Mr Garrety's skull? Because I really really hate that guy. I don't know what he's got planned but I think there's going to be bad consequences to bringing Coach back in this way. His motives are always so selfish--like in the car with Tim. He's a total contrast to his daughter there. Because while Lyla is capable of selfishness too, in this instance I think she was genuinely worried about Tim and trying to help him. So yes, I'm pretty wary about where he's going and I really didn't like the way he made Coach the offer. Yes, things are tough with Coach's family right now but it's still in a lot better shape than Garrety's own family so he doesn't have the right to comment, imho. I guess we've seen, though, that Coach has multiple reasons to want back to Dillon: the job's not all he thought it would be as well as his family concerns.

Well, he's going to have a lot to sort out. ;)
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Cris: FNL - mr. and mrs. coatchduskwillow on October 21st, 2007 01:37 pm (UTC)
I liked this episode a lot. :)
Coach is coming home!!! \o/
Finally. Everything seems to be falling apart without him there, it's painful to watch.

I must admit I did like Garrety's "He's mean. I think he's evil." line. lmao
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: FNL Matt and Juliebop_radar on October 22nd, 2007 01:38 am (UTC)
Hee. Yes, I guess that was funny. And I do find Garrety's manic hatred of the new Coach pretty funny.
serenographyserenography on October 21st, 2007 03:57 pm (UTC)
I LOVED this episode. It reassured me that yes, this show can still grab me and suck me in, and most of all, make me care. There's just way too much that I can empathize with on this show.

I'm delighted that Tim's going with Jas to Mexico--it means he'll have someone to rail at and someone to be there when it inevitably all falls apart.
Maybe it's because I work in the medical field, but I am *panicked* about what kind of operation Jason is going to expose himself to. I'm really hoping that both guys realize the danger and stop it before it begins.
I love that they are showing us this friendship again, and it's really quite believable too.

Seems like Landry's father's already clueing in to things not being right, and when the watch business comes out into the open it's going to be terrible.
Gah! Here's something else I'm biting my nails over. It's all going to go FUBAR for poor, sweet Landry. When he was reassuring her that if it did all fall apart, he'd do everything he could to keep her out of it, I was a little teary at the honest devotion and forethought of this kid. Bringing in his family on the show and letting us get to know them and their love for their son was a stroke of genius in developing this character. I actually FELT the pride his parents had watching him on the field for the first time. He never made much of an impression on me before, but I'm finding him to be the most tragic character on the show now. Even if they do get away with the crime, I think ultimately, Tyra will break his heart.

I'm not surprised he made a move on Lyla but I believe him that he didn't mean it as a 'line'.
I'm not sure on that one. It seems a bit quick for a Tim turnaround to me. I thought he was playing her. I do think he has a special 'thing' for Lyla, particularly now that she's keeping him at arm's length but still wants to help him. I'm not sure Tim has any concept of a healthy relationship with a female, and falling on old habits is always easier. The kid's got more issues than Playboy, as they say.

And YES! about Matt and Smash. I was cheering when Matt jumped him. Just let it OUT, Matt. Although, to be honest, I understand Smash's POV as well. It IS his senior year, and it's a critical time for Div. I hopefuls like him. He could handle it with a bit more grace, but it's Smash after all.

The issues with Julie are just too close to my own situation of having a 16 year old daughter. Seriously, I could go on and on, but I won't here. Suffice it to say that this is another reason I love this show so much - the Tammy/Julie dynamic is played very honestly.

Can I put a bullet through Mr Garrety's skull?
No! He's such a great addition to the mix of characters! Every cast needs a pathetic, self-centered bastard like him. LOL... but you can throw things at your TV when he's on if you want. *g*
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Naomi King Kongbop_radar on October 22nd, 2007 01:46 am (UTC)
I am *panicked* about what kind of operation Jason is going to expose himself to. I'm really hoping that both guys realize the danger and stop it before it begins.
*nods* I'm pretty scared too. If the show sticks to the realism, I think they're both in for a shock. Jason's got himself stuck believing what he wants to believe--it may be up to Tim to drag him out of there.

I love that they are showing us this friendship again, and it's really quite believable too.
Definitely! I really loved Jason's 'you SUCK as a friend' rant because despite it all being actually true, you could see that despite that Jason DID think of Tim as a friend. And so when Tim said 'Mexico, huh?' I didn't know whether to cry or laugh!

He never made much of an impression on me before, but I'm finding him to be the most tragic character on the show now. Even if they do get away with the crime, I think ultimately, Tyra will break his heart.
I think so too. And I was never that into Landry either but he's really interesting now. I liked him way back in that episode where he helped Tim with his homework but other than that he didn't really register with me until the end of season one. Now he feels as real as the other characters and I think he's in for a tragic fall.

The kid's got more issues than Playboy, as they say.
Ha! I've never heard that expression but it's so apt here. ;) I really don't think he was playing Lyla deliberately--I think he was genuinely distressed about his brother screwing his ex and was running to Lyla (and her religion) as a last chance at belonging somewhere. And I think it took a lot of courage to walk into that hall and I think he really did 'feel' something. He just conflated his feelings for Lyla with that experience.

the Tammy/Julie dynamic is played very honestly.
It is such an honest show, when it hits on something close to home I definitely find it tough to watch. That one's ok for me, but it's interesting because I find myself positioned between Tami and Julie--I empathise with both of them at times (though Tami mostly), presumably because I'm midway between then age-and-lifestage-wise

Every cast needs a pathetic, self-centered bastard like him. LOL
Ha! Ok, ok. ;) But he really was paining me in this ep.
Alexandra Leaving: Blade runner - Peace dovealexandral on October 21st, 2007 06:45 pm (UTC)
I really liked the episode - one of my biggest fears (Tyra/Landry was THE biggest) was that the show is going to go the usual way of mocking non-mainstream churches. I am so glad they are showing the congregation in all it's complexity and diversity.

I agree with you - I actually don't think Tim meant his outburst as a "line" at all (though it is may be THE FUNNIEST thing I ever heard!) . I think Tim is like a child in so many respects - so many things just "happen" to him without thinking. This can be said for his first time with Lyla and for his affair with the neighbor too. His being needs Lyla and he feels it but he doesn't know what to do with it AT ALL.


I am a bit angry with Julie - she is acting so selfishly (and Swede guy is so slimy!!) but I guess this is a teenager stage!
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: FNL Matt and Juliebop_radar on October 22nd, 2007 01:51 am (UTC)
I am so glad they are showing the congregation in all it's complexity and diversity.
Oh, that's interesting that you say you feared that. It did seem treated very fairly and while I'm an atheist, I found it was portrayed in a way that allowed me to see why it was really important to Lyla and why even Tim found a sense of connection.

I think Tim is like a child in so many respects - so many things just "happen" to him without thinking. This can be said for his first time with Lyla and for his affair with the neighbor too. His being needs Lyla and he feels it but he doesn't know what to do with it AT ALL.
Oh, that's a perfect description of Tim! He actually seems a bit stunted in terms of emotional growth. He's not emotionally conscious at ALL. It makes perfect character sense too with his parents abandoning him with his brother and then the way the football team gives him status artificially. I think he just acts on impulse all the time and he doesn't know how to articulate what he's feeling at all. I don't think he's premeditated at all with Lyla.

I am a bit angry with Julie - she is acting so selfishly (and Swede guy is so slimy!!) but I guess this is a teenager stage!
Heh, yeah it's pretty painful to watch, isn't it? I cringed at her trying to fit in with his slimy friends. But then when I was 16 I was probably riding around in the back of a combi van getting stoned too, so... and I'm sure I was even more lame and the guys were even more slimy. ;) *shudders*
Fleegull: Minkafleegull on October 22nd, 2007 01:29 pm (UTC)
I think it worked really well because Tim is so very lost and he craves connection desperately.

Agreed! It was very "Tim" for him to go in for the kiss and not see why it was inappropriate.

This was the best episode of the second season, I'm not writing the show off yet.

K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: FNL Matt and Juliebop_radar on October 23rd, 2007 12:29 am (UTC)
Me neither--I agree that it was the strongest so far this season.
Anoel: fnl by whaturmamasaidanoel on October 25th, 2007 07:12 pm (UTC)
I agree so much about Tim and Lyla. I've always kind of liked them and this works so well for this time in his life. So true about connection. Aww Matt and the apology. His Coach is way too connected to his love life. Poor Julie :( I don't like her actions sometimes but I can understand it in the end. Coach needs to come back!
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!bop_radar on October 27th, 2007 08:02 am (UTC)
Coach will come back. *nods* Speaking of which, I better start hunting out this week's episode... :)