Okay, so maybe I spoke too soon. I think the "stem-cell spinal surgery" plot that Jason and Tim are involved in right now is the lamest plot going on. It seems absurd that Jason would drag his friend along to Mexico and stay there for a week without telling anybody to get a risky surgery. I love the idea of the writers focusing on Jason's new-found urge to walk again, but they're going about it the wrong way. This whole Mexico thing is a bit absurd and I feel like the writers are getting further away from what makes this show great.
That being said, I thought Scott Porter and Taylor Kitsch did a good job with the scenes. Their drunken scenes singing karaoke were funny and touching at the same time. As for the rest of Dillon, the other big plot point is the return of Coach Taylor. Buddy Garrety finds a tricky way to get Coach McGregor fired from the school so Taylor can return. Not only is the return of Taylor to the team a good sign for the season, but it also creates what should be a potential future plot by having Taylor and McGregor go head to head (you just know the writers are going to have McGregor get hired by a team that Dillon will have to face, sort of like the Dillon vs. Voodoo last year).
Based on my last few reviews, it may seem like I'm being a bit harsh on the show, but I'm just being honest. I really do love this show and I absolutely loved the first season, but I think we're just getting the typical sophomore slump that most shows get. I think having fifteen episodes instead of twenty-two is a detriment to the show, mostly because last season, there was anopportunityto slowly develop plots. Now, we're forced to fast-forward through stuff.
Because of this, I feel like we're rushing through some of the scenes with Lila. She randomly meets this guy who just got released from juvie, and since she's a good Christian, she gets him a job at her dad's store. And I don't think I mention it enough, but Brad Leland has done a great job as of late as Buddy. Buddy was annoying at the beginning of last season, but the show has fleshed him out a lot more.
As for the rest of the cast, it's the usual. The running-back only plan for the team isn't working, Landry gets nervous after the rapist's body is found and Tyra is questioned about the body, only because her drawing of him last season matched the body found.
Half of the plots are moving in the right direction right now. As for the other half, we'll have to wait and see what happens.