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09 December 2007 @ 12:35 pm
Friday Night Lights 2.10 The Confession  
I am still around! I've been pretty slack at posting of late, due to work commitments but also to a reclusive mood that has settled on me of late. However, I do have stuff to say about the latest Friday Night Lights.

I am SO relieved that Landry has confessed. It's been agonising to have the spectre of the murder hanging over the show, but I guess that's been the point. I was very moved by Landry's decision to tell the truth, it feels true to his character, and his stubbornness to treat it as murder was also characteristic. It felt like the long wait was paying off since watching Landry and his father argue over the situation was so powerful. Landry sees it as murder, his father sees it as self-defence. The truth lies somewhere in between judging from what we saw. Landry's first swing was definitely instinct and protective in nature. But he knows that after that his own aggression took over, and that's what weighs on his conscience. He probably did feel a murderous kind of rage towards that man and that's why he won't let himself get away with it. His naivety in the face of the justice system was very moving.

I am glad that he went to Tyra--both to ask how in danger she felt and at the end to tell her they weren't pressing charges. That did feel a little like a (literal) get out of jail free card though. However, I suspect that won't be the end of the angst. I think Tyra bent the truth to protect Landry, and I think Landry has his own suspicions. One way or another this event has changed his life. I think that he's still in the process of coming to terms with that and it'll be interesting to see where he goes from here.

One thing that does bug me is the way his friendship with Matt has been completely dropped through all this. While I can understand the family wanting to keep it quiet, it's been forever since we saw those two interact. At least a mention could be made of the fact that Landry feels he can't talk to his best friend about this. I suppose we're meant to believe Matt's distracted with Carlotta--and fair enough. But I do think they could have built in something. I don't begrudge Matt his bit of happiness with Carlotta though--it's good to see him relaxing and going with the flow, and she seems so much more natural and right for him than Julie.

Wow, Julie is a little shit. She's still incredibly painful to watch, although I'm sure I put my mother through that and more when I was her age. But Tami is such a good mum and tries so very hard, it's really hard for me to see Julie's point of view at all in their fights. I try and imagine how I would have felt if at 16 I'd suddenly acquired a sibling, and I do think I would have been pissy and difficult about it, definitely. I hated kids and I was used to being an only child. So I try and remind myself that Julie's in that position. But she acts so entitled to everything, it's hard to remain sympathetic. I think I'd have been more likely to efface myself completely. It was a great relief to see her engage with the baby properly at the christening.

Tim owing Coach is most enjoyable, though I must say that selfishly I'm very glad he's back on the team and his apology speech was a riot. It was very cute that he was starting to follow the gymnastics as well. And his home situation is horrendously dreadful--that guy is a disgusting pig, and I'm glad that even Timmy has enough sense to clear out when someone points a rifle at his chest for a joke. Guns? Not funny. Not sure where to for Tim now, but it's quite cool to see him out on his own--this could do him good in making him grow up.

I am not really that in to the Santiago plot, but I did appreciate there being some actual football in the ep. And it's good to see Garrety doing something useful for once. Those two work together quite well--Santiago has good reason to hate him, and Garrety IS a cold bastard, but that's also exactly what Santiago needs to push him to achieve something. I'm not sure I can ever be truly on board with the 'football as salvation' plot, but it's decent drama.

I liked Jason's date and it's crazy outcome, including the predictable result of him ending up with the waitress instead. Jason is obviously moving forward in his life and that's good to see. His maturity shone again in his response to his parents when they were flipping out. He does seem ready to live on his own and it seems like it will be good for him, and allow him to retain a healthy relationship with them.
 
 
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serenographyserenography on December 9th, 2007 06:53 am (UTC)
A great big honkin' YES to everything you wrote. I was going to write some of my own comments since I just watched the most recent episode this evening (did you know that all the episodes, even last season are online?) Anyway, you've covered most of what I thought, but you express so much better than I would have.

I will add that the thing that completely and totally endears this show to me is how incredibly well they are able to capture the realities of the complex bonds that exist between people. No big surprise that the whole Julie/Tami situation is really hitting home for me right now, and it's so hard, and it's so intense, but they really do it justice from the perspectives of both parties.

I'm kind of glad to see Tim Riggins showing some maturity, despite his near-orphan status. This is a high school kid, with nowhere to sleep, and he still made the right choice in leaving that crackhead's scuzzball house. I do think that his brother is dead wrong to be carrying on his affair with the woman that he knows Tim had strong feelings for. The brother's first responsibility is to Tim at this point in his life. Flaunting Tim's ex-lover under his roof is crossing several lines.

When the cop came to Landry's door and the camera panned from Landry and his dad sitting on the couch together to a picture of Landry as a kid, I almost lost it. I could so feel his father's pain. Landry's willingness to take full responsibility (and even more) for his actions was so hard to watch because of his noble attitude. One thing I was really hoping to see was more of a heart to heart between Tyra and Landry's dad. I want him to understand that she's NOT a bad girl who's out to use his son.
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: FNL threesomebop_radar on December 9th, 2007 07:42 am (UTC)
all the episodes, even last season are online?
Mmm, yes, and the deleted scenes, which are often very good.

they are able to capture the realities of the complex bonds that exist between people.
Definitely. It's what I enjoy about it every week and I run out of different ways of saying it!

I do think that his brother is dead wrong to be carrying on his affair with the woman that he knows Tim had strong feelings for.
Same. Even if Tim was stupid to sleep with her, I think both his brother and the next door neighbour are being irresponsible in flaunting their relationship. And it highlights the issue that Tim's brother is effectively the closest thing he's got to a parent--yet he acts in the least parental way possible. That was obvious from the state of the house as well, and the fact that he never cared about Tim's schoolwork. There may not be that much of an age gap between them (I don't know) but Tim's still a kid and he needs a reliable guardian. And yes, I was glad to see him making a decent decision despite the odds.

Landry's willingness to take full responsibility (and even more) for his actions was so hard to watch because of his noble attitude
I know! It almost made me flinch. It's incredibly admirable yet I really felt for his father when he was trying to drag him out of the station. That was just so raw and painful.

I'd love to see Tyra and Landry's father talk again. Perhaps that will come in the next episode or so.
elzedelzed on December 9th, 2007 11:03 am (UTC)
Yes to all the above (although I must admit I am glad to have seen the end - hopefully, even if there will be more emotional fallout - of the murder plot. The actors acted the hell out of a difficult situation, but I nevr liked it...)

I do miss Matt/Landry, and I;m not so sure Carlotta is a good thing for Matt, although anything that builds up Matty's confidence is a good thing (and it was about time he lost his innocence, no? I loved the Smash's reaction, all thumbs up and "you go, Matt". Hee. Although not so much with the relationship advice... Let's put that fish on the table cracked me up)

Julie is an evil little teenager and these scenes are so fantastically scripted/improvised/acted they feel like eavesdropping on the arguments I had with my mother when I was younger. And sadly, probably like the ones I shall have with my little daughter in a decade or so...

And Tim! Oh, Tim, you finally seem to have developed a sense of responsibility and self-preservation. But Billy deserves a smack upside the head (as does Jackie, whose motherly instincts should, you know, kick in).
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: FNL Matt Saracenbop_radar on December 10th, 2007 09:23 am (UTC)
Yeah, the murder plot was a real worry.

Yes, I agree about Matty needing to lose his innocence. I don't think Carlotta's perfect (the situation is quite fraught with potential drama), but I do think she's more suited to him than Julie. I think it's good that Matt is with someone who is older and more 'their own person'. Julie is still finding herself and that wasn't easy for Matt.

feel like eavesdropping on the arguments I had with my mother when I was younger
Right! Complete with the teary eyes and flappy hands and general female hormones flying around.

Billy deserves a smack upside the head (as does Jackie, whose motherly instincts should, you know, kick in
This is very true. I have much rage at them. Tim isn't completely a lost cause, but that's no thanks to them.
Alexandra Leaving: FNL - Landry - readingalexandral on December 9th, 2007 12:24 pm (UTC)
It was a strange episode for me.. I felt for the first time that unconditional FNL love that I had in the season 1 and at the same time there were so many flaws for me.. Garrity + Santiago = football is the cure for everything? This totally overdoing it on cheesy/sugary side. Plus it was predictable.

I LOVED Tyra and Landry and Landry and his father. And Landry by himself. It is AMAZING to see someone so young having such a strong faith and acting upon his convictions. But at the same time Landry's acquittal felt as if he got away with murder. But I am not complaining too much as this outcome in a small town, for the cop's child and with the victim being a known rapist is quite highly possible IMHO.

I was also so glad to see Julia coming to her senses but at the same time the baptism scene was too sugary for me (again.. :D)

And I agree with you that I would prefer to see more of the football story. And I would prefer for the show to be more consistent, as in example of Landy and Matts friendship..
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: FNL threesomebop_radar on December 10th, 2007 09:18 am (UTC)
This totally overdoing it on cheesy/sugary side. Plus it was predictable.
Yeah, it was pretty OTT. And I agree that there was some predictability in the plotting. I felt the same way re. Landry's acquittal--it felt too 'easy' but not improbable. I'm hoping there will still be follow-up of the emotional issues at least.
Nora Norwichnorwich36 on December 10th, 2007 09:11 pm (UTC)
Just waving hello, since neither of us has been around very much lately. Sigh. No internet at home sucks in many ways. On the other hand, I'm getting more sleep than I have in months which is making me a lot more productive at work, which is good because it's crazy right about now. Speaking of which, I hope things at work have been better for you lately.
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Aishwarya lanternbop_radar on December 11th, 2007 08:18 am (UTC)
Hi Nora! Good to hear from you. I'm glad you are getting more sleep at least--that's good! I wish I could say work was easier but actually it's just a whole lot more work and new problems. Nothing quite as bad as the sacking, but still really time-consuming. And I'm struggling to sleep with the stress. I reeeeeally hate being a manager! There have been some pluses though: like getting the days between Christmas and New Year off. Barring complete emergencies (which are actually quite likely).