Thursday, November 18, 2010

Review - Friday Night Lights Season 5 Episode 4 Keep Looking

Four episodes into the final season, and it's largely been hit or miss for me, and "Keep Looking" is no different. On one hand, I'm really liking the struggle from Tami, Buddy, Mindy, and Eric to help Epyck, Buddy Jr, Becky, and Vince, respectively. Largely, the older, non-high school characters interacting with high school kids works the best.

On the other hand, the plots with just the high school characters aren't doing much, mostly being they're not developed enough. Becky and Luke are skirting around each other with little development, and the fight between Jess and Vince doesn't make much sense to me. Why didn't Coach come out and tell all the players the stop messing with Jess? It would stop the inherent problem of people messing with Jess and in turn it would at least alleviate some of the misgivings Vince has about Jess in her new role. But it looks like the situation has turned a corner as Coach comes down hard on Vince. Jess, meanwhile, is ever more encouraged because Billy respects her opinion enough to express it to the other coaches, even if he does claim it as his own thought.

At the end of the episode, we see Vince invited into the head coach's office which has a lot of other important looking figures. Was Luke used as a tool to recruit Vince? And if so, what is Vince being drawn into?

While enjoy most of what's going on and neither like nor dislike the other parts, there's one small subplot which bothers me: more Julie and TA scenes. Please end it. Julie isn't given anything to do other than sleep with her TA. There's no reflection, no separate plot, just meeting up and hooking up.

Score: 8.9/10
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