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04 November 2007 @ 06:19 pm
Friday Night Lights 2.05 Let's get it on  
Wow. Undoubtedly the best episode of the season so far and I can't believe they pulled that off!

I didn't think anything could be better than J and Tim in Mexico but J, Tim and LYLA in Mexico proved me wrong. Wow. Firstly I'm so glad she came. I had this irrational pit-of-my-stomach fear that she might not. And then all geared up for the big rescue, my heart went out to her when she rocked up and Tim hadn't even told Jason she was coming. That was the sort of ridiculously human anti-climactic, awkward scene that FNL does so well at, and they kept coming in abundance in this episode. The Tim, Jason and Lyla plot was definitely the highlight--so much so I had to go out and get an icon straight away.

I'm not always able to empahtise with Lyla but in this episode she really worked for me. Her position as the girl tagging along on a boys' boozy holiday was really easy to sympathise with. I loved her staring at them crashed out on their beds in their clothes and her deadpan 'sounds like you guys found a whole new level of dumb down here'.

I love the scripting of their exchanges too. They are as inarticulate as real teenagers. The fact that Tim could only reply 'yeah, kinda sorta' to Lyla asking if he really thought a booze cruise was the best way to talk to Jason was so painful it was true. It was easy to feel frustrated by Tim, that's for sure, though his heart's in the right place and I like that he stuck to HIS plan and made Lyla come along, because in the end it did work and because although he couldn't articulate it, he was trying to find a common ground with Jason rather than put him offside straight away. Lyla meant well too--neither of them were completely at fault in that situation, but ultimately I think Tim had a smidgeon more commitment to Jason and Lyla knew it. I loved that bringing Lyla along worked but totally not in the way that Tim had planned. She wasn't suddenly the angel of mercy saving the day--she was still bossy and judgemental and stroppy but she also told Tim some things he really needed to hear like 'man up and have a conversation'.

But also I'm glad that Jason confounded both of them and rescued himself. That makes me happier than anything. No Hollywood cheese crying on shoulders and telling Lyla and Tim they were right all along... just a crazy cathartic gesture that was mad and dangerous and shook him to his OWN senses.

My favourite line from Lyla was 'you don't want religion? ok, fine. how about the fact that this is just a stupid idea and you're being an idiot'. Hooray for straight talk over giving the pat religious line that 'everything happens for a reason'. I love that she gave both--so very Lyla!

And that speech of Tim's?! WOW. That is love. It was (again) so genuine, so raw and so desperate--I do believe Jason really took that in before he jumped overboard. I think the extremity of it all hit him then. I am SO glad that Tim was completely blunt with Jason, saying he was never going to walk again but maybe he might DIE. Tim risks being hated here, he risks losing a friend, but all of that is nothing to the risk that Jason faces--he may lose his life.

The scene where Jason threw himself overboard was so amazing--I gasped when he did it and I cried and grinned when he made it back to shore and when the others caught up with him. It was such a high but then I loved how they made it so ordinary too, with the 'I'm just contemplating how I'm going to get you in the truck' line.

I loved their dance too, and especially the respective reactions of Tim and Jason watching the other one kiss Lyla. Tim smiled when J and Lyla kissed--it's always been all about J for him, even though I do think he needs Lyla. J found it harder to watch and instead smiled with an amused look when Lyla said she had to go pray. Somehow that little vignette summed all three of them up perfectly. They're flawed and tangled but there's so much genuine heart beneath that.

Coach trying to get some was rather adorable though it was even better to watch Tami turn him down. I love that she can do that with so much grace yet determination. Tami saying 'I don't want to go to book club: those ladies are crazy!' cracked me up.

The controversial Tyra/Landry plot was actually really well handled in this episode, I felt. I'm glad that Landry's father clued on, because I think he would and I'm glad it was obvious that it was just personal suspicion too, but that it didn't even matter if it WAS just personal suspicion because he loved his son so much. I would normally not be ok with a father asking a girl not to date his son, but in this instance I actually could empathise. I think Landry's parents truly love him, he's a good kid and it hurt that he was lying to them, but Landry's father doesn't reproach him because he suspects his son is in a difficult position. I don't think he means Tyra harm either--he made a point of saying he hoped it would 'never come' to him visiting in his official capacity. I do think the Landry/Tyra relationship was unhealthy but it was still really painful to see the break-up, especially since Tyra, for lack of anything else to say, fell back on painful personal insult. Poor Landry. Though I still think he's better off without her.

It pains me to say that. I love Tyra--she's always been one of my favourite characters, and I'm still aggrieved by what they've done with her plot. I feel like she was cast first as victim, then as a dangerous outsider figure. But because they had her actually cover up a murder I feel like there's no recourse to say that she's NOT a dangerous figure. I just really hope her plot gets better from here because it's a bit horrible to see the stereotype of people from low-socio-economic background having no morality or respect for the law being reinforced.

Speaking of someone who's better off, I was so glad to see Matt NOT pick up exactly where he left off with Julie. Julie needs to learn that lesson. And Matt needed to know he was strong enough to turn her down. He was also amusingly frustrated and sullen through the rest of the episode in his conflict with Smash. And wow, if he keeps giving lip like that, he'll start to rival Lee Adama a run in the pissy bitch stakes! His behaviour with Coach was such a funny contrast to the way he looked for Tami's advice. Oh, Matt! He really acts like they're his parents--getting mad at his father and looking for advice from his mother. He was completely blind to how inappropriately personal either of those exchanges was. He put both of them in a difficult position. But since Coach acts as a parent figure to the team and Tami used to be school counsellor, it's also easy to see how that dynamic came about.

I'm not sure what I thought about Landry becoming the hero of the hour. It worked from a dramatic perspective, and I did like his awkward but appropriate speech and how shocked he was by its acceptance. But it's still an adjustment for me to see him as a footballer. I did love seeing Smash and Matt sidelined though, especially Matt's 'well I guess we could start cheering louder'. *giggle* He's just such a sullen teenager it cracks me up. Good to see them put it behind them and get back to football though.
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rhiannonhero: No Soup 4 U (aquandrian)rhiannonhero on November 4th, 2007 01:59 pm (UTC)
Y-tu-Mama-Tambien-inspired cantina dance/kiss scene

*confused*

Ah, man, I think I may have ff'wded through an entire segment of the show on my TIVO or something. I don't remember this scene either.
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Aishwarya Raibop_radar on November 4th, 2007 09:13 pm (UTC)
After they rescued Jason from the beach they drove back to the hotel but stopped at a bar for a drink first. Lyla danced with Jason and sat on his lap and kissed him, then danced with Tim and kissed him slightly too. She immediately said 'I have to go pray' and left--J smiled gently and Tim looked more cut up.
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: FNL Matt Saracenbop_radar on November 4th, 2007 09:02 pm (UTC)
The cantina dance/kiss scene worked for me and that really surprised me since I never thought they'd pull that off. But then I was full of glowy love for all three of them at that point in time.
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K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Jamie Bamber smrt is sexybop_radar on November 4th, 2007 09:37 pm (UTC)
Ah! I have not seen the movie (I must be the only person in fandom who hasn't!) so did not realise it was such a direct rip-off.

the contradiction between her screaming, earthy sensuality and her values
Hee! Yes. That is quite fascinating (and also amusing).
rhiannonhero: TA Healing Macine by zebra_patronusrhiannonhero on November 4th, 2007 01:58 pm (UTC)
I do think the Landry/Tyra relationship was unhealthy but it was still really painful to see the break-up, especially since Tyra, for lack of anything else to say, fell back on painful personal insult. Poor Landry. Though I still think he's better off without her.

What?? I must've accidentally ff'wded through this on my TIVO. I missed it entirely and I've already deleted the episode. What did she say to Landry? How did he react?

I did love seeing Smash and Matt sidelined though, especially Matt's 'well I guess we could start cheering louder'. *giggle* He's just such a sullen teenager it cracks me up.

Hee! I loved Matty's new bad attitude. So awesome.

And I'm so happy to see someone else squeeing over this. I need to find some FNL fans for my FList. I felt all alone posting about it last night. Not that my post was anything like coherent, but you know... :)
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: FNL Matt Saracenbop_radar on November 4th, 2007 09:05 pm (UTC)
I think you missed the end bit? At the after party where everyone was cheering Landry she called him outside and said they shouldn't be together. When he wanted to talk about it she said 'take a look in the mirror: we would never have got together if it wasn't for that, I don't know what I was thinking' and walked off. It was painful. He just stared and looked pained--I could barely watch.

I loved Matty's new bad attitude. So awesome.
Same! He makes a fun brat.

I'm very glad to see someone else squeeing about it too! I think there are secret fans out there, they just don't all post... I'm slowly finding more! :)
Cris: FNLduskwillow on November 4th, 2007 06:22 pm (UTC)
I loved Tim's speech so much. And how he got through to Jason.
I think I fell a bit more in love with Tim this week. ♥
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Lee smilebop_radar on November 4th, 2007 09:07 pm (UTC)
Tim is wonderful to me because just when I most want to slap him around and tell him to get his life together, he disarms me with an act so heartfelt that I'm rendered speechless. His friendship with Jason is one of the most well-sketched male friendships on television, I think, complete with stupidity, rivalry, guilt and stubbornness on both parts.
Alexandra Leaving: FNL - Coach - Not Happyalexandral on November 4th, 2007 07:50 pm (UTC)
I do think the Landry/Tyra relationship was unhealthy but it was still really painful to see the break-up, especially since Tyra, for lack of anything else to say, fell back on painful personal insult. Poor Landry. Though I still think he's better off without her.

I agree in the part where "covering up a murder" must get out on the open somehow. It is terrible to live with this type of thing even though what happened was in a big part an accident. But I think Landy and Tyra are actually very good for each other and it seems (very surprisingly) that she has real feelings for him. But may be not surprisingly - Landy is really an only chance for Tyra to do something in her life..

I loved Lyla in the last two episodes but the scene of kissing two boys simultaneously - I didn't get it.
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: FNL threesomebop_radar on November 4th, 2007 09:12 pm (UTC)
even though what happened was in a big part an accident
Oh definitely! But it ceased to be an accident for me when she threw the body off the bridge--that was always the point that pushed it too far for me and I'm still not convinced that she'd do that. I've run with it though...

But may be not surprisingly - Landy is really an only chance for Tyra to do something in her life..
Not surprisingly to me--I think Landry is exactly what Tyra needed but she didn't know it. I think he means the world to her because he's truly the only person who's treated her as an equal and who has also provided her with opportunity to grow as a person. I wish they'd got together under different circumstances. I don't think her speech to him was genuine at this point in time--I think she was saying all the cliched stuff she WOULD have said as the person she was a year ago. As Tyra today she didn't mean it, if that makes sense? She was just using it as a fallback way of ending things.

The cantina scene seems to have bothered a few people--I liked it and that surprised me since I usually find that stuff far-fetched. But I think as a post-catharsis comedown moment it worked quite well.
Alexandra Leaving: FNL - Landry - readingalexandral on November 4th, 2007 09:30 pm (UTC)
I don't think her speech to him was genuine at this point in time--I think she was saying all the cliched stuff she WOULD have said as the person she was a year ago.

I agree - and even more, I think her speech was meant to be something that would hurt Landry the most. And as sad as it is - people can hurt people they love much more it seems because they know their weak spots. Tyra tried to break up nicely at first but after she realized that Landry won't have any of it and is ready to figure put what is really going on Tyra just said the cruelest thing she could think of.
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!bop_radar on November 4th, 2007 10:09 pm (UTC)
*nods* I agree--and it's sad because I think it shows she really agreed with his father that the relationship was bad for Landry and that she was embroiling his son in something dangerous. She pushes L away because she wants to protect him.
Anoel: fnl ot3 beach by elena_hepburnanoel on November 6th, 2007 12:59 am (UTC)
The Tim, Jason and Lyla plot made my heart explode in love. They're my OT3 on the show since the first episode so this storyline was heaven for me. So canon! Tim telling Jason "I love you" totally blew me away. I mean, it's TIM so that was a huge character moment not to mention being very slashy :) I totally gasped at the throwing himself overboard too (rather Forrest Gump) but I'm really glad they handled it so nicely. The beach shot was perfect. Not to mention the dancing/kissing scene which I just stared at in complete disbelief (the good kind). So amazing and their reactions were perfect. I love how all their relationships are tangled up inside each other.

Coach is back! I loved him and Tami and agreed on her crazy book club line being funny. I agree with Landry and Tyra. I hate that plot so much even though they have handled it well and now I feel it's making me like both characters less when I never really loved either to begin with. I'm not liking Landry as the hero as it seems very unrealistic as usually in a place like that where football rules, you'd know if you had talent a lot quicker. But I did love all the Matt stuff both him squaring off with Smash/Coach and trying to get advice from Tami at the same time. Oh, Matt.
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: FNL Matt Saracenbop_radar on November 6th, 2007 01:13 am (UTC)
I love how all their relationships are tangled up inside each other.
Yeah, I think that what I really liked about that moment is that they didn't try to pretend it was otherwise or try and fix it. It was just pure and yet complicated.

I did love all the Matt stuff both him squaring off with Smash/Coach and trying to get advice from Tami at the same time. Oh, Matt.
*nods* He's hopeless but in a loveable way.