After a trio of great episodes that really caught my attention, the show seems to be returning to its tendency to throw a slew of plots on top of each other, not caring how well they blend with one another. There were some great moments here but also some pretty lame ones. It seems as if the writers are going to be embracing all of the plots that I hoped they weren't going to.
It's a shame too, because the show seemed to be finding its groove. However, I can't be on board with a show that's going to have Matt probably hooking up with his nurse, Julie potentially getting involved with a teacher, Tami flirting with a weird science teacher named Glen and Riggins living with a guy who owns ferrets. It just seems absurd.
The show just doesn't seem to know how to use its characters right now. I want to see the good stuff coming back, maybe some nice Jason scenes or some influential football stuff. It sounds a bit broad to be asking these things, especially because the show than just about that stuff, but I don't know.. it feels like something's missing.
I do like the idea of Smash having people visit and call him for recruitment. It's the next logical step for his character, and with his cockiness and his past mishaps with Matt Saracen. I also am starting to grow onto this Santiago character. I wasn't sure that Santiago would be the most interesting character, but as a result, Brad Leland is giving some of his best work and we're getting a potential new character out of it. I'm not sure how well he'll mesh right now, but there's a chance.
As for the Landry stuff, there's not much going on. Just the usual guilt feelings for what he did. Right now, the show needs to get its focus back.