Friday Night Lights Episode Recap: “I Knew You When”

Lots of changes in Dillon, Texas! Jason and Smash have graduated, Tim has replaced Smash as tail back and there’s a new quarterback in town, J.D. McCoy. Tyra and Landry are taking a break and Lyla and Tim are back …hooking up. The biggest change? Tami is now the principal of Dillon High. Hold on to your footballs, y’all, because Tami as Principal Taylor against Coach Taylor (and Pushy McPushy, Buddy Garrity) promises to be a blow out of a season. One caviat to y’all reading the recap (and I promise not to use ‘y’all’ too much): I adore this show. I would marry this show and have 10,000 of its babies. But I will try to be as objective as possible (I heart you Coach Taylor!). We start the show with the Taylor’s headed to church and Julie whining about getting a car so she can “help out” (yeah right, we all said that to get our licenses). Tami isn’t happy about Julie … read more

Friday Night Lights Episode Recap Spoilers!

Wednesday’s DirecTV premiere managed to ignore nearly every aspect of last season. Nobody mentioned Killer Landry, Saracen’s sexy nurse fling, Tami Taylor’s depression, that ruffian Lila Garrity brought home from juvie, Julie Taylor’s inappropriate crushes and boyfriends, Riggins’ dangerous associations with a crystal meth dealer or Jason Street’s hypothetical love child. Lila’s flirtation with born-again Christianity, which may have been one of last season’s most sensitively handled storylines (or “least exploitative”) seems also to have been jettisoned. Wow. That’s a ton of misguided plotlines for just one season.

Friday Night Lights isn’t exactly starting from scratch, but it’s definitely wiped the slate mostly clean. The result was a premiere episode that was better than most of last season, but not close to the quality of the first set of episodes… READ FULL RECAP

Friday Night Lights: Spoilers!

Taylor Kitsch, FNL

From Kristin at E!Online

Finally! Tim (Kitsch) and Lyla (Minka Kelly) are totally together when the new season launches, and Taylor brings the sexy back by showing his clothes-free back…and chest…and more. Honestly, there are at least two Tim-Lyla moments in the premiere that will make you giddy and gaspy. I squealed. So is there long-term hope? “Sure, why not? Taylor tells me. “If she goes from Jesus to him, she must be into him.”

Saracen’s Spot as First-String QB Is in Danger: D.W. Moffett joins the cast as Joe McCoy, the aggressive, wily father of a freshman quarterback phenom named J.D. (Jeremy Sumpter), who is billed as the second coming of Jason Street (Scott Porter). And that does not bode well for the on-field future of our boy Matt Saracen (Zach Gilford), who has the heart—but not necessarily the throwing arm—of a champion. Gilford tells me, “Everyone thinks [J.D.’s] really good, but come on, he’s no Matt Saracen.” Damn straight.

Our Favorite Underdog Twosome Are in Trouble: Tyra (Adrianne Palicki) and Landry (Jesse Plemons) are on a break. And since we’ve all seen every episode of Friends, we know that means they are totally destined to be together forever. Still, in the midst of this breakup, Tyra’s going to be getting with a new guy named Cash (Zach Roerig), and that is rough on poor Landry, which is in turn rough on Adrienne. She told me, “Poor guy can’t catch a break! That was the first thing I asked our boss, Jason Katims, when I talked to him during the summer: What happens with Tyra and Landry? I don’t feel like it’s over, I don’t feel like we’re done, but poor Landry.” Indeed.

The Big Game This Year May Be off the Field: Dillon football kingpin Buddy Garrity (Brad Leland) has a new nemesis, and her name is Tami Taylor (Connie Britton). Yep, Tami’s been promoted to school principal, and she’s finally getting her chance to take on the devil town’s obsession with football and redirect that energy (and those school funds) to actual…education.

The Star Is Falling: Smash (Gaius Charles) has graduated, but he’s still in Dillon, not up at college. Coach Taylor (Kyle Chandler) is working to save Smash and get him back in the game, but when the season begins, things look pretty dim as far as Smash’s future is concerned…

Someone Proposes Marriage! There’s going to be a wedding before the season is out.

The Panthers are back on track.

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