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STATE - Watch Friday Night Lights EP22 S1 and insights
Episode directed by Jeffrey Reiner
Cast: Kyle Chandler, Connie Britton, Taylor Kitsch, Jesse Plemons, Aimee Teegarden, Michael B. Jordan, and Jurnee Smollett
The Panthers gear up for the state championship, as the rumor about Coach Taylor spreads. Meanwhile, Tami receives some news.
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Wow! What a season finale to what has been the best season on television in a long while. There are only a few shows that I consider reliable in delivering tense, captivating and compelling drama: The Sopranos, Damages, Lost, Battlestar Galactica and now Friday Night Lights. Unfortunately out of all five, FNL seems to be the only struggling in the ratings leaving NBC to make a crucial decision as to whether or not allow the series to return for a second season. Thankfully they do, but in the event that the show was canceled, the writers brought out an exceptional and well done potential series finale.
Itís the biggest game of the season: the State Championship. On a trip to Dallas where the game is held, Tyra invites Landry to join her for the trip, much to Landryís delight who has a huge crush on the local bad girl. But while he thinks itís a date, turns out to be a nightmare of five women talking about their periods. Thatís right, other women join on the journey including Tyraís mother, sister, Mattís grandmother, and then Lyla, who they pick up along the way.
The relationship between Lyla and Tyra, an always tumultuous duo whenever around each other, finally culminated in an understanding between them. Lyla confesses that Jason cheated on her, and the pain he felt when she cheated on him with Tim, is the pain sheís feeling now. Both Lyla and Tyra are both victims of cheating boyfriends and shaky families, but they come to an understanding as they bond over their troubled issues.
Meanwhile, the word is out about Eric heading to TMU after a reporter blurted it out during an interview. This of course upset many of the players, particularly Matt who stands up to Eric noting his disappointment in the coachís decision to leave the team, as well as hurting Julie. Itís an understandable reaction from Matt, who has developed father son dynamic with Eric, and is obviously hurt by his choice to move on.
Voodoo, the arrogant quarterback who graced us with his unwanted presence earlier in the season makes a return as the leader of his new team, the one playing against the Panthers. Thereís an interesting, although odd, scene between him and Smash as he tries to recruit the young Panther to transfer schools and play on his team next year. While Smash consider the idea, not for too long though, he declines accepting with pride his play with the Dillon Panthers. I think we already knew his decision even if he didnít so for him to even be questioned about transferring seemed a little silly at this point and unnecessary. But it was a small flaw in a rather flawless finale.
The game was like a typical sports movie ending, but hey, thatís okay as long as it delivers, and deliver FNL does. The first half of the game was the Panthers were getting demolished as Voodoo did the voodoo that he doÖor something. Anyway, the second half was their shining moment, and the Panthers were able to take the lead and the victory in a terrific play by Matt and Smash. Itís a clichť ending, but I think they deserved it.
The final moments were bittersweet. As Eric listened to the local sports radio which both praised his excellent season while also bashing him for leaving his team behind, it obviously hurt Taylor to hear such comments. But as he walked into the locker room and received the ovation he earned from his team, the only opinion that clearly mattered to him was that of his players, and their opinion of the noble coach is one of great pride and respect. I think we all share in that sentiment.
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