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30 January 2008 @ 07:50 pm
Friday Night Lights 2.13  
I almost forgot to watch Friday Night Lights this week. Which was a tragedy because oh, what a fabulous episode! Someone needs to tell the writers: volleyball > murder, yo!

Where to start with the brilliant in this episode? Maybe with the Smash plot, which has actually been connected to football. Woot! I sense the onset of a plot arc here and now there's actually some tension about whether they'll make the playoffs or not. This is a good thing. And this sort of plot is what Friday Night Lights does well. Smash has our sympathy because the situation is unjust: the guys are goading him and harassing his sister. However, Smash really does need to learn some restraint--his ego and indignation steer him into danger. I was glad that Mama Smash and Coach kept a firm leash on Smash to begin with, and it was good to see them handle the initial press conference so tightly and successfully. Of course, I should have known it was too good to last! There was nothing that they could do about the press ambushing Smash in the diner. It was a clever tactic--the press got exactly what they wanted and Smash fell into their trap because he just really doesn't get it, that sometimes you've got to be cautious and play the game, even if it infuriates you.

I am way unimpressed with Smash's girlfriend too. She made no attempt to sympathise with his sister or offer an apology directly to her. I feel she should. If I saw my boyfriend's little sister getting picked on like that, getting distressed by prank calls and, worst of all, taking all the guilt on herself, I'd be reaching out to her even if she rebuffed me. It's possible that we're meant to think she's just cautious around Smash's family, but she's so confident and outgoing around Smash, I read it more as self-centredness on her part.

Landry's got a cute new indie chick! Hee1 I liked her. And I loved seeing it wind Tyra up. While I'm definitely 'over' the Landry/Tyra sexual tension, I do enjoy seeing Tyra cranky. And she obviously clued in fast that Jean was a rival, and so was determined to take her down a notch or too. I liked the scene with Matt and Tim as well--they were so amused by Landry having found someone so like himself.

It was cool to see Tyra dinnering with the Taylors (continuity!), and Tami fishing for a favour was hilarious. I didn't think I'd like the volleyball plot--it brought back painful memories of volleyball as a kid (at our school volleyball was the 'loser' sport that you played if you didn't make the football or netball teams). But I actually found it interesting to see Tami coaching, albeit desperately. And any plot that results in Tim hanging around girls' sports paining his competitive sensibilities is a good thing in my book. He's too funny! He so wanted to be coaching them himself.

Add to that mix, a Tyra with a grudge, and you I just adored it. I find Tyra and Tim fascinating because they're so similar in so many ways. And they work really well as a pair who've got history together, but who are way too alike to wind up together long term. Also, I love Tyra's anti-sports feelings. 'Are you having fun?' 'No.' EXACTLY! I hate team sports and am just as apathetic as her about them. But I found it cute when she grudgingly admitted that it was quite fun to win. And she and Tami are great together.

And oh, Tim! Tim, Tim, Tim. *hides face* He was brilliant in this episode and I can't help but love him despite how hopeless he is. I hated seeing him get beat up, but loved how honest he was about it with Lyla in the Church. That was a very funny scene in a painful way. And it led to an even more painful one. My heart was in my mouth for Tim when Lyla came over for dinner. It did all seem so forced, until Tim himself admitted that the candles weren't him, and from that point on it was raw and honest the way FNL is in its best moments. The blurted out 'I love you' was fabulous--such a contrast to the perfectly timed confessions on most shows, this was said in desperation as the girl was walking away. And 'brutal honesty' was such a fabulous line--I love Tim for saying that, for wanting that, and then for arguing with it. That conflict says so much about him.

But even more exciting than that, I loved Lyla in this plot! So much so that I'd almost ship them. HA! But I really admired her for being honest, for being direct, not playing any games and telling him what he needed to hear (even if maybe she harbours more feelings than she acknowledges, I think). And while I was wary of her lying to her new bf, she wound up confessing the truth to him. She carried herself with such dignity in that scene it made me really like her. She's not just saying she's changed her life, she's really changing. I wasn't that impressed by the new bf's response--it felt a bit constrained and a bit of a 'pat' reply. But he's right that it took courage on Lyla's part.

And then she brought Tim the cash! Wow! That was another wonderful scene, with Lyla not taking no for an answer. And I genuinely believe she doesn't want anything back from him now. But wow, Tim must be heartbroken. And the scene with the dealers was so nerve-wracking. Man, Billy drives me crazy. I was practically screaming at the screen. He chose totally the wrong tone to take with them and now it looks like they won't have seen the end of them. Gah!

Oh, and JASON was back! \o/ I love that he can apply all that energy and competitiveness and charisma to anything he sets his mind to, even car sales. This won't be a satisfying career for Jason, but it's something and I'm glad he's working out his independence. Though did anyone else find it kinda hilarious that he was bitching about only having $4000 left to his name? Dude, when I first moved out of home, I was lucky if I had $100 in the bank at a time! And I'd save that kind of flip out for when the mechanic's costs would put me in the red.

Bring on more eps like this one!

Oh, and while I'm in glowy Friday Night Lights mood, everyone's seen American Baby, right? Just checking. ;)
 
 
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Kate: FNL Timmskatej on January 30th, 2008 04:47 pm (UTC)
It was SO GOOOOOOOD!

I loved every single thing about this episode. I HAVE NOT ONE COMPLAINT.

About Jason's money -- I'm presuming his cost of living is much much higher than your average person because of his disability?

I wasn't that impressed by the new bf's response--it felt a bit constrained and a bit of a 'pat' reply.

LOL it impressed me, only because I was wondering whether he might flip out about the truth. In fact, for a hardcore Christian nut he was remarkably accepting of Lyla's sordid past. But then, of course, he is a teenage boy and is most likely thinking "WOO HOO I AM TOTALLY GETTING LAID SOON *air punch*".

Tim and Jason = :x :x :x
brandil on January 30th, 2008 07:29 pm (UTC)
I was thinking Jason's cash desperation is that was all that was left of his entire settlement. His parents were banking on millions and Jason settled for enough to pay all the bills and have a little left over. Of course, he had $10k in Mexico, so maybe he blew some of it elsewhere?
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: FNL threesomebop_radar on January 30th, 2008 08:50 pm (UTC)
Oh, I see... yes, that would make sense I guess. He'd have had to use some for a deposit, etc. But surely he knew he'd have to get a job or some other income eventually?
brandil on January 30th, 2008 09:59 pm (UTC)
I think it's another large example of bad continuity this season. They should have said somewhere that Jason's settlement didn't stretch as far as he thought it would. Or maybe they shouldn't have used actual numbers and said something more like, "maybe I should have asked for more in the settlement, it isn't lasting like I thought it would."

I think Jason *definitely* knew it wouldn't last, but that he would have found something within a month or two, maybe three at most. We haven't really seen much of his character this season, who knows what's been going on off-screen? He may not have had any income at all since he quit coaching.
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: FNL Matt Saracenbop_radar on January 31st, 2008 02:14 am (UTC)
Yeah, I think it could have been made clearer so easily, which is a bit frustrating. Tsk, writers!
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: FNL threesomebop_radar on January 30th, 2008 08:47 pm (UTC)
I'm presuming his cost of living is much much higher than your average person because of his disability?
Ah! I like it! I will run with this explanation. *nods*

for a hardcore Christian nut he was remarkably accepting of Lyla's sordid past
True, true--though I think I'd pegged him as the accepting sort since he ran that radio station. He seems to be big on compassion and reaching out to those who struggle. And while Lyla was telling her story I could practically see his brain ticking over thinking 'Must. Not. Flipout. Must. Validate. Honesty.' (And therefore get laid, yes! *g*)

SO GOOD!
Allisonfrolicndetour on January 31st, 2008 12:16 am (UTC)
Not much to add but I love your review. Smash's storyline annoyed me last week - I'm from about as far away from Texas as you can get, so MAYBE I can buy the unsubtle racism at the movie theater (except he's hit on white girls before and it's never been an issue), but what really got me was the family dinner. Why on earth would anyone set their kid up like that - or set themselves up for a potential bad reaction from the other parent - unless they were in a tv show trying to maximize drama? But they seem to be doing something good with it so oh well.

I never thought I would like Lyla this much! Though the volleyball scene made me think they might be setting up Tim and Tyra again. Hmm.

Seriously, this show makes me get misty-eyed over football games, cheer-leading competitions, and now dubious car-salesmanship? Scary. ;)
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: FNL Tyra lolzbop_radar on January 31st, 2008 02:13 am (UTC)
I never thought I would like Lyla this much! Me neither! Though the volleyball scene made me think they might be setting up Tim and Tyra again. Hmm. Hmm, interesting... I didn't read it that way but I wouldn't mind if they did really. Seriously, this show makes me get misty-eyed over football games, cheer-leading competitions, and now dubious car-salesmanship? Scary. ;) I know, it's crazy! It takes everything I'm faintly prejudiced against and makes me love it. :)
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K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: FNL Matt Saracenbop_radar on February 1st, 2008 10:32 pm (UTC)
And, um, yikes, that's just so wrong...
HA! Yes! But how smashing did he look in that suit?! I would have cheered him on to ANYthing in that! *fans self*

he is one homely little baby ;P
Is she? I'm still at the stage of finding most babies kinda look the same to me and I hadn't noticed. At least she's not as horrendously pudgy as the Chief/Cally baby... now THAT baby is homely!