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Friday Night Lights “Eyes Wide Open” Review (1×02)

22 Nov

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“My eyes were wide open, sir. My eyes were wide open.”

The fallout of the Jason Street injury isn’t a pretty sight; although the community can pray together, our characters deal with it in different ways. For example, Lyla’s relentless optimism arises from the seemingly perfect nature of her former situation: she was dating QB1, and she had her whole life mapped out. She was ready to fly around with Jason Street, NFL star, and slide down rainbows while the sun danced in the sky. Now, though, she’s holding on to a sliver of those crushed dreams; she believes she’s doing the right thing (and she does have a bit of point. You can’t wallow in self pity, or you won’t get anywhere, and it’s nice seeing her be the first one to really support him. However, wishful thinking can also be detrimental). Yet, she doesn’t understand that maybe the right thing for Jason isn’t what she’s doing.

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Friday Night Lights “Pilot” Review (1×01)

19 Nov

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“Clear eyes, full hearts, can’t lose.”

So begins the story of the Dillon Panthers. It’s week one of the new football season, and the atmosphere is buzzing with excitement. There’s a new coach in town and a quarterback phenom, both ready to anchor a team expected to win the State Championship. There’s a coach’s wife, a hard-working second string quarterback, a loud-mouthed running back, and a slacker fullback. There’s a bunch of characters that can’t really be defined in one word like I’ve done above, because all of them are unique in their own way. Yes, that sounds cheesy, but it’s true; what the pilot does so well is establish each of their relationships, each of their mindsets, and each of their places in Dillon.

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Friday Night Lights “Tomorrow Blues” Review (3×13)

12 Nov

627-25High school is a transition phase; people have to decide what the first step in their futures should be, and it’s therefore understandable that the process would be ripe with indecision. This episode is just as much about second-guessing as it is about moving forward.

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Friday Night Lights “The Giving Tree” Review (3×10)

26 Oct

FNL01“Money comes and goes. These kids of ours? That’s a one time deal.”

Every parent deals with his or her kids differently. Yet, it doesn’t work out all the time; sometimes you screw up so badly that it mars that relationship forever. Take Buddy Garrity, for example. Sure, no parent is obligated to pay their kid’s college fund, but when your kid is promised one and has worked with the assumption of a future, to throw it all away is an incredibly dickish move. It’s sad seeing how far Buddy has fallen; he’s lost so much, and all he has left is Panther football. It’s also disappointing, seeing as the shit that’s befallen him recently helped augment his appreciation for Lyla; he’s a guy that wants to get his way, and here’s an example of him trying to solve everything in one fell swoop. It’s reckless and selfish, and I feel for Lyla. Kelly and Leland are both fantastic at illustrating the dynamics of that relationship.

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Friday Night Lights “Game of the Week” Review (3×09)

22 Oct

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When the spotlight is on you and the pressure is mounting, sometimes that’s when everything becomes clear; all you can focus on is that one game, that one relationship, that one future, that one family. And so it goes in Dillon.

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Friday Night Lights “New York, New York” Review (3×08)

20 Oct

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“New York, New York” is a tricky episode from a plausibility standpoint, but it’s emotionally affecting in a way that only a show as good as FNL can pull off. It’s all about our characters’ persistence: Matt is determined to switch to WR, Mrs. Coach is determined to buy a new house, Jason is determined to get a job and be accepted by Erin, and Tyra is determined to escape.

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