Friday Night Lights

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Drunken Bee: A+ | 7 USERS: A+
Full Circle

So. Let's get serious. Because this is a seriously great scene (with some seriously great backlit hair emoting). Coach, a spotlight behind him, blinding our, and presumably his players', view of him, walks into the silent room. The boys look pissed and guilty and nervous, they aren't sure they CAN be pissed, but they are, and they don't know if that's why they aren't playing well or what the deal is. In short, they need their coach. And he fucking delivers. Coach starts, "When Jason Street went down first game of the season, everybody wrote us off. Everybody. And yet here we are, at the championship game. Forty thousand people out there have also written us off." Shots of the packed stadium, a sea of undifferentiated bodies. Back to Coach, "There are a few out there who do believe in you. Who'll never give up on you." Shots of the Streets, Grandma, Billy, Jackie, Bo, Nonnie, Corinna, Tami, Julie. Back to Coach, "When you go back on the field, those are the people I want in your mind, those are the people I want in your hearts. Every man at some point in his life is going to lose a battle. He's gonna fight and he's gonna lose. But what makes him a man, is that in the midst of that battle, he does not lose himself. This game is not over. This battle is not over." Shots of the faces of all the boys, slowly realizing all their individual potentials, a realization that gets them so effing psyched up that when Coach tells them "Let's hear it one more time. Together." They don't hesitate, they don't start out quiet and then get loud, they do it in perfect unison, a team of fully realized individuals, strong from the very first, ready to follow Eric Taylor wherever. They respond to Coach's "Clear eyes, full hearts" with a resounding and powerful and affecting "CAN'T LOSE!"

You guys, seriously. This show is going to be the death of me.

Back on the field, it's a new day. Riggins runs for a first down. Saracen tosses to Williams who runs for a touchdown!! Mustang offense, Voodoo gets sacked! Next play, Voodoo scrambles and fumbles, the ball is loose, boys are diving and scrambling for it for what seems like an eternity before a Panther comes up with it and runs for another touchdown! 26-14.

Cut to the sidelines, where Jason's grabbing Matt's face mask and pulling him close, telling Matt that he's got to take control of this game "RIGHT NOW." Matt goes in, and passes a gorgeous spiral down to Smash who catches it right in the endzone. Holy crap! Dillon is back in it. Except for: cut to Smash getting up in the endzone, his right arm dragging unnaturally. Injury time out. It's his shoulder. Coach sends him into the locker room to get it checked. It's slightly dislocated; the medics tell him that they can pop it back in but that he shouldn't play. Smash tells them he's going back in, so they pop it back in with plenty of horrible sound effects and we cut back out to field...

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