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31 October 2010 @ 11:35 am
Friday Night Lights 5.01  
Favourite show is back! FAVOURITE! \o/

The first episode of Season 5 was everything I expected it to be. This show feels like home to me now, after all these years, and I loved the way they drew on old memories for both the characters and the audience... the Alamo Freeze, the ping pong!

In terms of the set up for the season, I am already on board. Love the new guy, Hastings. His attitude towards football would totally be my attitude to football, and the scene between him and Coach amused me no end because I would have found Coach such an asshole if I didn't know him. It was terrific to see the bond between Luke and Vince and them double-teaming to get Hastings on the team was adorable. Though I note that Vince's involvement was incredibly passive. SEND GIRLFRIEND. It would be obnoxious if she didn't know how to give him shit for it. Plus it totally worked. Of course.

In terms of the plotting it's classic and relatively simple, but so beautifully done, as always, that I can't wait for more: using Hastings' advantage in the first game, while showing at the same time showing his inexperience. Yay! It's on! My East Dillon Lions pom poms are at the ready for a great season!

This episode was totally heartstring-tugging with all the farewells. OMG Matt's empty room! *tear* The Alamo Freeze! I MISS HIS LITTLE WHITE HAT TOO! LOL, Julie, is too adorable--she took Landry to a strip-club in the most Mum way possible.

I found Coach and Tami adorable with their clinginess with Julie. They really are incredibly lucky with their daughter (even though she had that horrible brat period for a while!). I liked that this episode showed how Julie has grown up, and that they were clinging to the past. At the same time, you totally can't blame them, it was a big deal for them, and they are of course capable of embracing the change.

Wow, Becky and Jess were both playing 'mums' in this episode! Both have really difficult situations on their hands with absent fathers. I liked the handling of both. Becky can be a bit of a crybaby sometimes, but that situation with her stepmother was completely untenable. The woman was horrible and hypocrtical (giving Nicorette to her husband and smoking in front of the baby--yuck!), and Becky's essentially been made home-less and family-less. I am glad she DID go to Billy, because Tim would want her to.

Speaking of Billy... well, as anyone who reads my FNL reviews knows, he's not exactly my favourite character, so I'm viewing his move to the coaching side with some reservations. Tim totally broke my heart in his prison scene, and I was mad as hell at Billy's audacity to claim he had been Tim's coach! UGH! Did yelling at him and punching him and accusing him of ruining your life make you his Coach? Thank goodness Tim quietly put him straight.

And that's great, Billy, that you think about Tim's sacrifice every second of every day. SO YOU SHOULD. I'm also down with you becoming an improved version of yourself. However, if you manage to nob any of my other favourites in the process I will not be a happy camper. And I FEAR YOU WILL. I also expect you and your wife to be ungracious hosts to Becky. I can feel it.

Oh, Tim, sweetheart! You are really pulling inside yourself, aren't you? I think it's taking all his resources to stay sane and calm in prison and he doesn't have anything left for anyone else. The visits from Becky and Billy are making him feel the distance between him and other people all the greater and I worry so much for him as a consequence. Right now, there isn't really any way out mentally, as well as physically. Neither of them are able to give Tim what Tim would need right now. And I think he's going down a long, hard road (as if he hasn't already been on one!). I respect the show very much for 'going there' but it's heartbreaking.

In the more uplifting column, I loved Vince and Jess in this episode--they have such great chemistry and I loved Vince playing dad to her little brother so well. It's awful to see these young kids shouldering such burdens, but it does make for great TV.

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K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: FNL Matt Saracenbop_radar on October 31st, 2010 01:53 am (UTC)
They could just show these things and I would love it.
Me too! Me too!

And yes, the tension in Julie between adult and teenager is just perfect!

I know what you mean about Becky... and LOL that is so small-town appropriate, having to worry constantly that someone is going to shag her inappropriately! God, I hope they don't go there. However, I firmly believe that Billy is just that big a douche that he would do so. :( I don't want Billy to be a main character instead of Timmy. :(

I was sooo shippy of Vince/Jess at the end of last season, it was a total delight to see them together here! I can see how Vince is your one! *nods* I came to love Smash but he was too cocky for me, yeah (on rewatch I love him more because I see through it more). But I really do love Vince. Matt is definitely my 'special' one though. But I don't mind his absence so much when Vince is around, and I find Vince's plot very compelling.
serenography: FNLcoachserenography on October 31st, 2010 02:31 am (UTC)
I did manage to get a copy of the episode (yays!) and I *just* finished watching it.

I agree with pretty much everything you've said here. Like you, I'm a little resistant to Billy getting too much of the spotlight this season, but I also trust this show and they have rarely let me down.

Oh, Tim. :( I was glad they showed him as having some resentment and bitterness about his situation, at least that's how I read it. He is resigned to it, but being in jail SUCKS, and I'm glad they didn't try to sugar-coat it. Also glad to hear Billy say that he thinks about what Tim did for him every day.

I think the thing that endears the show to me most, aside from all the other wonderfulness, is the relationship the Taylor's have with Julie. I know this is because the timing of the show coincided with me having a difficult daughter just about the same age - who has also since gone to college. That scene at the beginning, when the Coach just stopped and looked at her had so much resonance. I was nodding my head and fighting back tears.

So happy the show is back and you are reviewing it!

K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: FNL girlsbop_radar on October 31st, 2010 06:57 am (UTC)
I am also glad they didn't sugarcoat Tim being in jail, but I can't imagine them ever really doing so.

when the Coach just stopped and looked at her had so much resonance
Awww, I can only imagine! It was a moving scene anyway... I loved that it was the very ordinariness of the day that made it special to him. :)

It's so good to have the show back!!
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K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: FNL silhouettebop_radar on October 31st, 2010 07:01 am (UTC)
Oh that's so exciting! What a wonderful show to get a break on--the acting is always so wonderful, I'm sure she'll be terrific!
jarrow: fnl-landry_tyrajarrow on October 31st, 2010 05:54 am (UTC)
The first episode of Season 5 was everything I expected it to be.

Dude, this episode fucking BLEW MY MIND. It was WAY better than I expected it to be, and this show has pretty much the highest expectations from me of any show I've ever watched. It's always amazing, and yet it was somehow AMAZINGER. Every scene was knocking it out of the park, and they managed to touch on so. many. things. without anything feeling rushed or fake. HOW DO THEY DO THAT. NO SERIOUSLY I WANT TO KNOW. I don't know who wrote this episode, but I want to hug them and give them whatever is in my wallet. THIS IS HOW YOU DO IT, PEOPLE.

p.s. I still miss Tyra
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: FNL girlsbop_radar on October 31st, 2010 07:00 am (UTC)
It's always amazing, and yet it was somehow AMAZINGER.
But I feel like that with every episode! I mean I always remember the show as being wonderful but when I'm actually watching it I always find myself thinking 'woah! this is even better than I remembered!' :) It is particularly impressive that they've come back so strongly in this, the fifth season though. So many shows flake out by this stage but NOTHING feels stale on this show. Nothing! :) I really wish more TV showed as much heart and sincerity as FNL does.

I will ALWAYS miss Tyra. Always. For ages I thought missing characters would hold me back from enjoying what we do get. I've learnt that's not the case--that missing and yet appreciating what's there can occur simultaneously. :)
jarrow: fnl-landry_tyrajarrow on October 31st, 2010 03:47 pm (UTC)
It is particularly impressive that they've come back so strongly in this, the fifth season though.

Well, this show has done such a great job of building rich character relationships to the point that we can have an episode where not a lot of conflict really even happens -- it's just watching people go about their lives -- and it's still really good television. That's the mark of a well-executed character drama.

*is in denial about the fact that Landry was just on my screen for maybe the last time*

K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: FNL silhouettebop_radar on October 31st, 2010 09:32 pm (UTC)
Yes! Absolutely! *is also in denial bubble re. Landry* Oh, another thing I love is that they trust their audience--they may not have the world's most enormous audience but they know the audience they do have is loyal and so they can build episodes like this, which draw on audience memory and associations so strongly. :)
Charlotte; Possy Magnet.: TV | FNL | Riggins/Taylor OTPelsmoka on October 31st, 2010 08:54 am (UTC)
TOTALLY FAVOURITE!! I rewatched 4x13 and then 5x01 and it did not fail to make me smile and cry and IT'S BACK AND I MISSED IT SO MUCH!!! Really wonderful season opener!

I am excited to see what Tami will do as counsellor at East Dillon and how the new kid will play out.

I already don'T like Billy as coach because I feel all he ever does is rely on his old fame and now Tim's, too. URGH. He reminds me of so many people who get really inflated with the slightest bit of power. But we will see, maybe he will improve and become a better person.

Maybe he will be great with Becky but I can see his wife being bitchy about it.

K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: FNL silhouettebop_radar on October 31st, 2010 10:02 am (UTC)
Ohh, nice idea to rewatch before starting on season 5!

Tami as counsellor at East Dillon will be so amazing! And oh yes, spot on re. Billy. He is SO smug and entitled, give him a sniff of encouragement and he takes a mile. :( But Coach does have a good effect on people... fingers crossed!
Charlotte; Possy Magnet.: TV | FNL | Tami fucked you upelsmoka on November 2nd, 2010 09:03 am (UTC)
Yes, make us hate you less, Billy. Here's your chance! :D

I also can't wait what they are going to do with Tim. If he stays in Dillon or if he heads of to college or just somewhere else! I am so excited for yet dreading his storyline.
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: FNL Lylabop_radar on November 2nd, 2010 10:44 am (UTC)
Haha, yeah, go on, Billy! ;) I am really massively hooked in to Tim's plot. Biting my nails badly!
Charlotte; Possy Magnet.: Movies | RemMe | Robelsmoka on November 2nd, 2010 12:34 pm (UTC)
Yes, because he's been in it from the start. One of the few left. And he is so broken and brooding with a big heart. He deserves a good ending.
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!bop_radar on November 3rd, 2010 11:47 am (UTC)
Yeah, very broken, and I feel like he's often the overlooked one because he's quiet. He wasn't on Coach's radar, for instance, quite as much as some others. Please to have a happy ending, Tim!!
danegendanegen on October 31st, 2010 10:06 pm (UTC)
HASTINGS! I giggled all through Coach's reaction to the anti-football speech. Oh, I love him already, but I hope that little scene with him and Jess wasn't foreshadowing Jess/Hastings. Because it hurts me when Vince is sad.

Yeah, the Billy stuff worries me--a little of Billy goes a loooong way, but then again, I don't doubt Show's ability to change my mind.

Most awesome moment for me: Mrs. Saracen has Crucifictorious on her MP3 player. D'awwwww.
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: FNL Matt Saracenbop_radar on October 31st, 2010 11:25 pm (UTC)
Hastings love! &hearts :) I'm glad other people like him. But ohh, goodness, I had not even thought of anything so terrible as Jess/Hastings! eep! Noooo... I ship her with Vince way too hard for that. I didn't read that scene that way because it was Vince who suggested it, but sadly I can see how that would make a good plot tension for the team. :(

Right! Show can sell ANYTHING!

Mrs. Saracen has Crucifictorious on her MP3 player. D'awwwww.
Correction! On her 'MP'. *chuckles* Toooooo cute!