Friday Night Lights

Friday-Night-Lights
Source

Recently I have heavily gotten involved with a certain TV show called Friday Night Lights, after hearing form numerous people that I “HAD to watch it.”

These were people who weren’t football fans either. I mean these people actually loathe watching football and sports in general. I am among that crowd, so I figured I should give it a try. Especially considering most the shows I was watching at the time had just ended, were ending or hadn’t started yet (Dexter, Homeland, The Walking Dead, Justified, Breaking Bad, 666 Park Avenue, Revenge, Pretty Little Liars, Shameless, SOA, etc.)

I will admit though that this show was not easy for me to get into. In fact it took me a good six episodes before I started liking it. And that is about twice as long as I normally would give a show. But by that sixth episode, I was happily hooked.

Not hooked like SOA. Now THAT was a “hooked” I don’t think I ever have experienced with a show before. Maybe partly because of Charlie Hunnam. We do have Taylor Kitsch here, which is a very nice bonus, but Jax Teller, he ain’t. ;)

Right now I am 5 or 6 episodes into season 4, but there is something really bothering me and maybe you know the answer.

The first season was like 21 episodes which is a normal network TV season. But seasons 2-5 are just 13 episodes. Not only that, there are a ton of unanswered story lines, so I am wondering what the hell happened!

  • Season 2 – Smash’s girlfriend who was bi-polar was in season 1, but then was never mentioned in season 2. What happened to her?
  • Season 2 – Lyla gets all religious and basically hates Tim, but then in season 3 they are together and her religion is never mentioned again.
  • Season 3 – The kid who was in juvenile hall that Buddy Garrity was helping was never mentioned in season 3, but was showed often towards the end of season 2. Um, where did he go?
  • Season 3 – Suddenly Tami Taylor is the Principal of the school!
  • Season 3 – The last scene they show with Smash he was telling his mom about a job offer he got to be a regional manager, so he was debating if he should take that or still try to get a scholarship to college and play football. They never answered these questions!
  • Season 3 – Tyra’s sister and Tim’s brother call off the engagement and she dumps him, but then suddenly they show her shopping for a wedding dress???
  • Season 3 – Tyra went on that rodeo trip with Cash. Cash yells at her and she walks out and calls Landry saying she needed to hear a familiar voice. Then next thing you know she’s back in Dillon. So what happened with Cash?

Whut?

Have you watched the show?

-Kelly

Do you like this product?

Be the first to vote!

23 comments

  • January 5, 2013
    Mary Beth

    Writer’s strike second season with new writers. Third season regular writers are back. They seem to have dropped a lot of the second string writers’ storylines. Also, the seasons end at the end of football season and pick back up at the start of the new one so some things have changed during the spring and summer, like the time Julie was a lifeguard.

    Tyra called Tami to come pick her up.

    • January 5, 2013

      Ah that explains it! They could have at least given the characters one line explaining things from time to time. I did know they end at the end of football and pick up after summer though. Thx!

  • January 5, 2013
    Marie

    I actually know the answer to (most of) this!! After watching several episodes of season 2, I was thinking it kind of sucked and took to the internet to figure out why. Apparently, season 2 was right around the writers strike so there were a lot of hastily written/poorly thought out episodes. Then, come season 3, they basically decided to pretend like season 2 never happened.

    • January 5, 2013

      I think they could have gone about that a better way and at least explained a little more through the characters or something. So bizarre!

  • January 5, 2013

    I’m afraid not. Haven’t even heard of it :/
    Little Miss Nailpolish´s last post…Nails Inc Sugar House Lane – swatches and reviewMy Profile

  • January 5, 2013
    ringthing

    Oh my goodness, I got totally immersed in FNL last summer. Poor Taylor Kitsch looks so much better as Tim Riggins imho; I hope he can find a role that meets his potential.

  • January 5, 2013
    Danae West

    I haven’t watched Friday Night Lights for lack of opportunity, but I just needed to take a moment and say that I love Taylor Kitsch. He’s amazing in Wolverine.

    I love him so much I even watched John Carter.
    I love him so much I even watched The Covenant.
    And Battleship.
    None of those are good movies.

    • January 6, 2013

      Haha! Too funny. :)

  • January 5, 2013
    aaminahs mom

    I watched the first season (loosely). But when I checked back in I was lost~ someone mentioned new writer well then . But loving SOA sooo much renting the season DVD from library to get up to date <3 me some JAX :P

  • January 5, 2013
    Emily

    I haven’t watched the show mostly because I am not a huge sports fan. But given the fact that you like all of the shows I usually watch, I think I may give it a try! Thanks for the post.

    ps- Totally unrelated to this post but since you said you like Pretty Little Liars (I am obsessed, my Husband is too!) I was wondering how you felt about doing some sleuthing and posting their nail polish from episodes occasionally? Sometimes I totally love it and am wondering what they’re wearing. Thanks Kelly…enjoy your weekend!

    • January 6, 2013

      There is a Tumblr that does this: nailpolishofpll.tumblr.com

      • January 6, 2013
        Emily

        Thanks for your reply :D that helps a ton.

  • January 5, 2013
    Kristin

    I feel like you might have skipped some episodes because a couple of your questions are answered in the show. Some are still not explained though!

    The transition from season 2 and 3 was all effed up–yes, people just went missing. Waverly, Santiago, and Jesus (for Lyla) ha ha.

    These can be answered though watching the show:
    Season 3 – The last scene they show with Smash he was telling his mom about a job offer he got to be a regional manager, so he was debating if he should take that or still try to get a scholarship to college and play football. They never answered these questions!– Coach got him a tryout with A&M and he drove Smash there and he made it. The boys (Saracen, Landry, and Riggins) had one last game of catch on the field before driving him to college.

    Season 3 – Tyra’s sister and Tim’s brother call off the engagement and she dumps him, but then suddenly they show her shopping for a wedding dress???– One night Lyla and Mindy were hanging out getting drunk, being mad and Billy and Tim and Billy came over and Mindy forgave him and took him back (much to Lyla’s dismay because she wanted to continue Riggins bashing!)

    Season 3 – Tyra went on that rodeo trip with Cash. Cash yells at her and she walks out and calls Landry saying she needed to hear a familiar voice. Then next thing you know she’s back in Dillon. So what happened with Cash?– Tyra had to call Tami to come pick her up at the motel because Cash was being a jerk. Coach and Tami interrupted their romantic evening to go pick her up. Coach had to hold Cash back from coming after Tyra.

    • January 6, 2013

      I am wondering if On Demand didn’t have every single episode or something. I have been watching them in order back to back! Hmmmm.

      • January 6, 2013
        Kristin

        Ugh, that sucks. Smash saying goodbye is one of my favorite episodes! You should just invest in the DVD set–that’s what my addiction forced me to do!

  • January 5, 2013
    Emilie

    Tim Riggins is a beautiful human being.

  • January 6, 2013

    The first couple of episodes of Season 3 involve Smash getting into college, and they’re some of my favorite episodes of the series. I think his official last ep is “Hello, Goodbye” in S3. Definitely worth rewatching if you missed that story!

    But yeah, it was kind of part of the show’s style that season transitions seemed abrupt, like their lives had been going on and we just dropped back in on them and had to catch up. Tami becoming principal was one of those developments. Also, once they started the Direct TV deal (4, I think?), the seasons started airing literally a year after the season before, so I always felt disoriented at the start of a new season!

    • January 6, 2013

      They definitely skipped some episode on On Demand then because I’ve watched every single one and they left out a lot!

  • January 6, 2013

    We LOVE that show! We went to college with one of the characters in the original book that was a true story following a football season in a town in Texas in 1988. They made a movie about it in 2005 and since it was successful, NBC did a TV show based loosely on the concept. There is a pretty good episode guide at NBC.com for all 5 seasons so maybe you can figure out which episodes you missed?

    http://www.nbc.com/friday-night-lights/episode-guide/season-1/346057/

    Hope this helps!

  • January 7, 2013
    Bunny

    You are a bit late to the party as FNL was canceled at the end of 2011. They are thinking of a movie sequel, but all they have is a script. I’d get the DVD set if you have become a diehard fan.

    • January 7, 2013

      Oh I know it was canceled, I wasn’t expecting any new seasons. :)

  • January 7, 2013

    I haven’t seen this show, but I’ve heard so many good reviews, I’ll probably check it out. A lot of shows I was watching ended as well, or were on break like Boardwalk Empire & Breaking Bad, and I finally started watching Mad Men. I think it’s the best show I’ve ever seen, I was instantly hooked. No idea what took me so long to watch it!
    Catherine (@bcrueltyfree)´s last post…NUDE PEACH Blush ComparisonMy Profile

  • January 12, 2013
    Wendy A.

    I loved the show and I have to say it’s guaranteed tears especially with the Matt-grandma situation that is coming Oh how I love that show and hugely underrated!
    Oh lord I panned my friday’s around that show I have to say I faked one or two colds and headaches just to get out of plans with my girlfriends.