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MUD BOWL - Watch Friday Night Lights EP20 S1 and insights
Episode directed by David Boyd
Cast: Kyle Chandler, Connie Britton, Taylor Kitsch, Jesse Plemons, Aimee Teegarden, Michael B. Jordan, and Jurnee Smollett
A chemical spill forces Coach Taylor and the Panthers to seek another facility in which to play the crucial State semifinal game.
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Wow! What an action packed episode of FNL, well, action packed the only way the series could, through an intense football game on a muddy field. After train accident which causes a chemical spill making it dangerous for Dillon to host the upcoming game against rival team the Vikings, Caoch Taylor is forced to look elsewhere to house the game. When it was proposed that they hold the game at the expensive stadium, Taylor refuses arguing that itís too close to their rivalís home, and it does not embody the home game feel theyíre looking for.
But the solution comes in the form of a large field, home to a few cows. With this new idea of having the game on the new field, the team gets underway in changing the old field into something new. What follows is a fantastic and exciting game between the two rival teams that shames many football or sport movies out there today. I mean it was intense, and that barely describes it.
Yet what made the scene even more powerful were the intersected cuts between the football game and Tyraís attempted rape. It was an unsettling, but effectively gripping scene that the writers did with exceptional skill. Thankfully, Tyra fought back and Landry showed up, not playing the hero, but trying his best to comfort her after her terrible ordeal.
That entire sequence was well done, juxtaposed with the Panthers winning in what is most likely their most important game yet against Tyraís emotional struggle as Landry remained by her side. It was filled with mixed emotions but never felt too overwhelming. On the one hand youíre happy for the Panthers, but then how could you be after witnessing something as unbelievable as what occurred to Tyra.
There was also another dramatic scene between Jason and Lyla as their relationship is coming to another turning point. Jason continues to feel down on himself, complaining about his current situation which leads Lyla to lash out at him yelling at him to get over it and try and make something out of himself rather than live in self pity.
It was a great moment for Lyla. She really developing into a well rounded character and her development into a confident and ambitious woman is starting to flesh out. Something Jason needs to take note of, and he does, prompting him to stand up to his parents, demanding them to settle the lawsuit with Taylor. Kyle Chandler at this point is Coach Taylor, he embody that character perfectly to the point where we know how he feels, thinks, and will react towards other people. You can tell he was pleased, but more than that, proud of Jason for helping. There is a lot of respect between Taylor and Jason, and both actors convey that feeling with perfect subtlety.
Okay, here I go again sounding redundant, but his was without a doubt the best episode of the season. Itís an episode worthy of an Emmy, Golden Globe, or any award that can honor the writing of the writers and talent of the actors. Truly an exceptional show.
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