The cast of Friday Night Lights (FNL)
Preview: This show makes me wet.
Friday Night Lights on NBC, Tuesdays at 8 PM, glitters with youth, energy and testosterone. It is my new guilty pleasure. The show is about the Dillon Panthers High School Football Team in rural Dillon, Texas that is contending for the state championships. The new coach, Coach Taylor, played by Kyle Chandler,
Oh God, I want him…
Oh, look, he’s all concerned for a fallen player…
relies on his star quarterback Jason Street, played by Scott Porter.
Just your typical all American boy…
I’m drooling already. I mean look at these guys. Can you say hot? Of course the coach is married and always canoodling with his wife to the point to which his comely teenage daughter is grossed out. Oh yeah, but it is good for me! Of course the quarterback has a girl friend, who is predictably a cheerleader. Okay, I gotta stop typing and wipe the drool off my keyboard. Here is a photo of them kissing.
The inexperienced second string quarterback is Matt Saracen, played by Zach Gilford. Yum.
Ohhh. He’s brooding. Is he worried that he’ll lose? I could comfort him…
Gaius Charles plays running back “Smash” Williams (yummier),
Nice guns Gaius!
And former Abercrombie model Taylor Kitsch plays alcoholic, bad boy running back Tim Riggins, who is also Jason’s best friend (yummiest).
So Friday night rolls around and it is the big game. Everyone is charged up for the game. The exit door is painted, “Clear Eyes, Full Hearts, Can’t Loose!!!” which the whole team chants before hitting the field. The game stays close and in the 4th quarter when Dillon gets the ball back the coach puts his star quarterback in and oh! He takes a bad hit! That’s got to hurt, people. He’s down on the field. There he goes, off in an ambulance.
Coach Taylor looking concerned over his fallen QB.
So, Coach Taylor puts Saracen in. But, little Mattie goes blank. He can’t remember how to play ball. The coach takes him aside and says, “Matt, son, I know you can do this. I want you to call this play…” By hook and by crook, and with help from the Panthers Saracen wins the game. The whole team piles into the locker room victorious and it is announced that Jason is paralyzed.
I never would have thought that the energy of that opening show could have been continued, but it has. New issues now face the team and the novice Coach Taylor. Jason’s story is still followed as he learns to accept his new disability and almost loses his girlfriend to his best friend Tim (hot).
This was a particularly hot scene where he wanted to talk, but she said that they could talk about how he was cheating with his paralyzed best friend’s girl friend.
Tim gets reamed by the Coach, and not in a good way.
Another gratuitous wet football player shot. Coach makes them all workout in the rain.
A new star quarterback now homeless due to Katrina comes to town to play for Dillon and that brings eligibility and loyalty problems as well as challenges for Matt. Matt begins to fall for the Coach’s daughter (never a good thing). Of course everybody has girlfriends (this is the football team) and some get swapped around. I guess if you had a teenager at home this show would give you a heart attack. The next episode is about homecoming. I can’t wait.
I think I will write to NBC and suggest that they introduce a gay character or two. That would certainly be timely and dramatic. Don’t you think?
Anyone for a fourgy?
But now the Coach has joined. So what does that make it?
So, this is how it goes at my house after that show airs:
Sue: Um Sean? Honey? Could you come here for a minute?
Sue: Sweetheart, I need you.
Sean: Is it that damned show again? I’ll be right up.
And I know he will.