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13 January 2009 @ 07:14 pm
Friday Night Lights 3.12 Underdogs  
Thank you to everyone who responded to my bsg woes post: while I wish no-one else felt like I did, it was amazingly comforting to hear that I was not alone. And I feel a lot calmer approaching 4.5 now.

But let's talk about Friday Night Lights while we still can! I gather that this was the second-last episode of the season. And... is that it? I don't think there'll be another season but I'm not up on the gossip.

How awesome is it that they did not win? :) I think that's great. The show does the underdog story so very well and we've seen several variations of it both in character and ensemble terms over the three seasons. What we hadn't seen was the team lose a big game badly--and seeing them go through that experience was really important emotionally, I think. It's part of a journey to maturity. And it also showed that Coach is awesome in defeat, as well as in victory--and that to me is the best test of true leadership.

I had an awful lot of 'awww' moments in this episode, including, predictably!, Tyra's essay. Yeah, ok, it was probably a little heavy on the cheese, but I love her so much I don't care. It was great to see her finding her 'voice' and reflecting on how she's grown in the last couple of years. It was great to see her vocalising her hopes and dreams--and including failure and recovery in them (nice riff on the team losing). It was also great to see Tyra and Landry reciprocating supportive friendship acts before getting back together. I loved it when Landry said 'yeah, whatever' in response to Tyra saying she hated him for being honest about her essay (hee!). It's good to see Landry that settled in himself.

While we're in shippy territory can I say how glad I am that Tim and Lyla are still together? I live in fear that they're going to break up in the season finale or something. Please no shocks like that! *bites nails* They've become such a great established couple.

I loved Matt and Tim playing frisbee together--more awwws, and nervousness about a possible final farewell to them soon.

I'm just mildly puzzled about the JD plot. I mean, I get that it was really awkward for Tami to call the services on her friend's family, but couldn't she have rung her friend and told her about it? That would have made it less of a shock for the wife. And the husband deserved the shock. I was also a bit uncomfortable with the way the department was kind of demonised in the episode (was that intentional?) because surely the risk of them actually removing JD was very very low and all that would really happen was a few useful counselling sessions?

Also... not really sure where it was/is going in terms of the overall season. It threw JD off his game in the final game of the season but would things have been so different without that? I guess we were supposed to think they would have been. Somehow that fell a bit flat for me. Oh well. Very minor issue.

I am both nervous and eager for the finale now! *sniffles*
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Kate: Friday Night Lightsmskatej on January 13th, 2009 09:47 am (UTC)
I love this season so much - the last two episodes had me bawling my eyes out. From Tyra's essay (which I found so moving I'm weeping a little as I type this) to Coach's losing speech to Matty and Julie and Tim and Lyla. Ack!

The JD story worked for me - I thought they showed both sides of it fairly: Coach and Tami were right to call child services because what JD's father did was unacceptable, but it's also true that the family would feel like they were under attack. And presumably we will see some of that resolved in the finale?

If FNL gets cancelled after this season I'm going to be inconsolable. It's back to being the best thing on television and I want MORE. :(
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: FNL Matt Saracenbop_radar on January 14th, 2009 06:54 am (UTC)
Yeah, I think they did show both sides of JD's story well--i was just a little surprised at how aggressive the child services were. I thought they could have shown the family feeling attacked without it being that dramatic. But maybe they really would approach like that, I don't know.

I will always want more FNL, I think! But I'm trying to comfort myself about a possible end by thinking that they've written some beautiful farewells for Smash and Jason so far. If it ends, it will be going out on a high.
The First Evil: FNL - Matt - Hero - lila-valeriusasta77 on January 13th, 2009 02:11 pm (UTC)
There is no official word on whether there will be a forth season, but I suspect this season may be the last and I'm OK with that. Not only would it be going out on a high note, most of the cast I love has or will be moving on. And while Tami and Eric remain two of my favorite characters, they haven't introduced a new crop of players to focus on next season accept for J.D. who I don't find all that interesting.

I've suspected for awhile that J.D. would choke under the pressure of a big game, but I kind of wish we saw that his youth and inexperience were causes for it rather than the family drama. Still, I'll take any reason for Matt to have his moment to shine. :)
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: FNL Matt Saracenbop_radar on January 14th, 2009 06:56 am (UTC)
I suspect it may be the last too. You're right that they haven't introduced new characters this season.

I kind of wish we saw that his youth and inexperience were causes for it rather than the family drama
I was expecting that, actually. And yeah, I think it's a bit deceptive that he snapped because of family drama. But yay for Matt getting his position back! ;) Like you, I'll accept that on any terms!
Elli: himym > stinsonelli on January 13th, 2009 02:22 pm (UTC)
I think the reason there is no official word is that they will still air it on cbs and we will have to wait for those reating more than the the ones on direct TV.

Omg...this seasons been so good!
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: FNL girlsbop_radar on January 14th, 2009 06:56 am (UTC)
It really is! :)
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K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: FNL silhouettebop_radar on January 14th, 2009 06:56 am (UTC)
Hahaha, you may be in luck! I think it will probably end after this season and this season has been amazing! :)
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K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: FNL girlsbop_radar on January 14th, 2009 06:59 am (UTC)
Hee! I'm all squee about FNL. Tyra always makes me cry... it's only sheepishly that I admit that it probably was, technically, cheesy, but it was also done so well that i don't care!

somehow in the moment while watching this show it just doesn't matter. I can never watch it that objectively. :D
Me neither! It's because the execution is always soooo beautiful. Complete with that gorgeous natural light and handheld=camera feel they have and the overwhelming humanity of the characters.

I think I could be okay with it ending on the note its playing now. As long as next week is awesome!
I think I could be too. Though I would have to rewatch and wallow! But I do like the idea of them ending on a high and I feel like they have in many ways reached a natural end with the characters moving on to college.