Friday Night Lights

Season 1 Episode 2

Eyes Wide Open

Aired Wednesday 9:00 PM Oct 10, 2006 on The 101
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Episode Summary

Still reeling from Jason Street's injury, Coach Taylor learns that Street will never walk again. Matt struggles getting used to being the new quartback, while Lyla struggles to support Tim Riggins. Feeling useless, Tami heads out in search of a new job to occupy her time.

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  • Good episode, ruined by awful shooting and editing choices

    Seriously, whoever thought it was a good idea to shoot this episode using that shaky hand-held camera style and then use fast cuts and transitions in editing it? This is not an episode full of action, there wasn't even a single football game in it. This was purely a character-building episode, all about emotional conversations between characters, the haunted looks in their eyes as they come to realise the seriousness of Jason Street's condition, and these shaky cameras and fast scene transitions completely ruined the effect of the drama. Also, what was the point of using extreme zooms and close-ups whilst the characters are doing fairly mundane things such as talking or driving? Did we really need to be zooming into Matt Saracen's ear or the coach's mouth whilst they were in the car? Even when two characters are just sitting round a table and talking, the camera shakes as if it's on board a ship caught in the waves. It's just incredibly distracting and annoying.

    Other than this terrible decision by the director to go with this filming style, the solid acting and scriptwriting cannot be faulted, so I give it an overall 7/10.moreless
  • GOOD

    Episode two for Friday Night Lights. This episode is not better that the first episode of the show but a lot of series want a day have an episode like this. Matt Saracen's become a real Panthers and I have to say that I love alreday this characters. Emotionnal, Sweetie, Cute, this perso will be one of y favorite. Kyle chandler is very good too. Street, I'm so sad for him because instead of Smash or Riggon I like his perso. Actually, he seems to be nice, honest and no jackass like the two others. I want to see the scene when Riggon goes to the hospital. I'm sur she will be excellent. Friday Night Lights begins good. 9/10.moreless
  • So the greatness continues...

    FNL's second installment is continuing the maintain the quality. First, this episode doesn't have a football game in it. Which is not neccesserely bad: it's pure character development for mainly Saracen and Eric.

    The drama continues as Street is permanently paralyzed. This means that the team got weaker: but the show must go on. Being Eric, the coach, must be a hard one. For several one big reason: everyone is pushing him.

    The town is expecting victory. In fact... every single person in the town seems to know football better than the coach himself. This show does portray this little town amazingly: the football symbolizes the only thing for the people to hold up to. This was shown several times with the fake "book club" meeting, just to persuade Eric's wife to get this and that player to do this and that, and the fact that on friday... everything's closed!

    Saracen, although basically WON the previous match, has plenty of problems to deal with. For example... everyone bugging him. Blaming all on adrelaine, luck... whatever.

    We also learn that he works at a fast food restaurant, takes care of the houeshold, as he's living with his sick grandmother. Difficult life he has!

    Overall, this was a very nice character developing episode, fleshing out two very important characters.moreless
  • This episode was great, and turned my entire opinion of the show around

    So, first, I watched the pilot episode, and I thought- oh, this isn't that great, predictable stort, etc.

    So I recorded this one on dvr, and was about to erase it, becuase i thought, why bother, but, i decided to watch it

    And I am THRILLED I did so. This episode was great. There was some excelent character developement all around, esp. Coach tailor and saracen.

    This show has, as a result of this episode, become one of my favorite new shows, up there with Heroes and Studio 60

    Despite the fact that NBC has got a lot of criticism for its new fall series, i think they are amazing, and much better than any other networks new showsmoreless
  • It is getting better I am starting to feel it a little bit although their is still some errors such as the camera, too polaroid for me and it is getting a little confusing at times. But they were able to get through it, it is improving in some way.moreless

    It is getting better I am starting to feel it a little bit although their is still some errors such as the camera, too polaroid for me and it is getting a little confusing at times. But they were able to get through it, it is improving in some way. I just hope that they would see more of this you know it is something really lovely.
Walter Perez

Walter Perez

Bobby 'Bull' Reyes

Guest Star

Sabra Fuller

Sabra Fuller

Mary Ann Granger

Guest Star

Cindy Creekmore

Cindy Creekmore

Missy Aubrey

Guest Star

Derek Philips

Derek Philips

Billy Riggins

Recurring Role

Brad Leland

Brad Leland

Buddy Garrity

Recurring Role

Blue Deckert

Blue Deckert

Coach Mac McGill

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

    • Buddy Garrity "Booster of the Year" Booster meeting at Applebee's

      Boosters are a group of parents, students, and businesses in the community that raise money for the school.

  • QUOTES (8)

    • Coach Taylor: Your teammates gonna need to hear you. You call the plays. You gonna be able to call the plays?

    • Tyra: What are you, a shrink?
      Smash's Mother: Oh, I'd be nice. I work at Planned Parenthood. You probably haven't seen the last of me.

    • Coach Taylor: I'll tell you somethin'. I know you didn't want me to step foot in your house tonight. I'll tell you somethin' else and don't you ever forget this. You should feel proud. You should feel real proud.
      Matt: Yes, sir.
      Coach Taylor: This is all yours for the takin'. Depends on how much you want it. It's yours for the takin'. The other night you played for a few minutes. Tomorrow, four quarters. You can't be distracted by anything. You're gonna have a lot of distractions. You're gonna have our fans, their fans. You got the band. You got the cheerleaders with their pretty young-shaped legs bouncing up and down. You got a job to do. Nothing else.

    • Coach Taylor: Hey
      Jason Street: Hey, Coach
      Coach Taylor: How you feeling?
      Jason Street: Well, I'm, uh, not feeling too much right now (laughs weakly)

    • Smash Williams: I seen my granddaddy make better blocks playing checkers. Tim Riggins: Yeah, if you could run as fast as you talk we'd probably score every play. That's fact.
      Smash Williams: Look, you got something; you got something to say to me. Tim Riggins: You need to start getting behind my blocks, right behind me. I can't keep doing all this…(Smash and Tim start pushing and shoving each other)

    • Coach Taylor: Saracen. I need you to work a little bit harder. You need to learn this offense, son. You need to know this offense in your mind, in your body. You need to know this offense so well that your children are gonna know this offense in their own DNA. Do you understand me? Do you understand?
      Matt: Yes sir
      Coach Taylor: All right, go on.

    • Buddy Garrity: Best case scenario, Jason's probably out for a month. You know, it's probably a lot longer then that. But, uh, we need a plan for Friday night. Heck we--Heck, we need a plan for the rest of the season is what we need, Eric. So tell me, you think little Matt Saracen can get it done?
      Coach Taylor: I guess we're fixin' to find out.

    • Billy Riggins: I saw that tackle little brother. I saw him hit that turf. Tell you what I think. He's talking about wanting to play football. He ain't ever gonna walk again.

  • NOTES (1)

    • Music in the Episode: TV on the Radio - "Wolf Like Me" Tony Lucca - "Devil Town" Explosions In The Sky - "First Breath After Coma"