Friday Night Lights

Season 1 Episode 22

State

3
Aired Wednesday 9:00 PM Apr 11, 2007 on The 101
8.8
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The rumors about Coach Taylor leaving the team at the end of the season get a boost when an inside source decides to speak up. Meanwhile, the Panthers are preparing themselves for the state championship.

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  • I must say the first season finale of Friday Night Lights was quite good. Dillon Panthers had made it to the final.

    8.4
    I must say the first season finale of Friday Night Lights was quite good. Dillon Panthers had made it to the final. And guess against who? The team that has Voodoo as quarterback. During the lead up interviews Voodoo runs down Matt saracin but on the other hand one sees again the human being that is Matt, when he says nothing wrong about Voodoo. We find out that Mrs. Taylor is pregnant. She decides to only tell Coach when they get to Dallas. She tells him that she is pregnant and he is very happy. Meanwhile whilst doing an interview he is asked if he is leaving the Panthers, and he admits that his future is somewhere else. The team took this really bad. And in fact in the first half of the game the Panthers were losing 26-0. The team wasn't functioning at all. Matt Saracin didn't even hit a good pass. After a good and encouraging speech by Coach Taylor during half time, the Panthers look like another team in the second half. After staging a good comeback in the last minute they had chance to produce the greatest comeback in history. Matt Saracin used one of the tricks taught to him by Jason Street and passes to Tim Riggins who passed Smash for the touchdown. The Panthers win the match and are state champions. In the end Coach tells his wife that he wants to stay in Dillon but she tells him to follow his dream and go to the new job in Austin whilst she will stay with Julie in Dillonmoreless
  • After a long and tough season the Dillon Panthers are finally at state. This is the game the whole town has been waiting for. Can the Panthers defeat the Mustangs and bring home that state title?moreless

    9.5
    Like it says in the title this episode is about the state finale. About 50% of the episode contains football scenes, but that ain't all there is going on.



    The biggest part is about the state finale, so most scenes are about football. I really like these scenes and like expected the Panthers win the game after a huge come-back. The part I most liked was the scene where Ray 'Voodoo' Tatum got sacked. And off course the wining play called out by Saracen, the last couple of episode really showed he has evolved as a quarterback and a human being.



    It wasn't only about football though, early in the episode we find out Tami is pregnant and when she tells coach T. in Austin you can really feel the love between those 2. I really hope they still have enough scenes together next season.



    We also have some cute Julie/Matt moments where they are trying to plan their future to still see eachother after they move to Austin.



    Another memorable scene was the scene where Lyla's car broke down and she gets a ride with Landry and Tyra. Speaking of this ride, it had the funiest scene in the episode with Tyra's mother and some dark chocolate.



    For me this was a perfect season ending with the Panthers winning state. There wasn't a real cliffhanger only that we don't know coach Taylor final decision now that Tami decided to stay in Dillon.moreless
  • Welcome to state! (spoilers)

    8.5
    Everybody heads to Dallas to see the Panthers play the state final. Landry is excited about giving Tyra a ride to Dallas but he ends up giving Tyra's mother and sister, Lyla and Matt's grandmother a ride too. Meanwhile Tami has some news for coach Taylor.



    In Dallas the Panthers are preparing for the final when the news of coach Taylor leaving gets out. The players have a hard time dealing with that and they miss their start in the state final completely. But after an inspiring half time speech of coach Taylor the players rise above themselves and Tim, Matt and Smash decide the state final. And coach Taylor is still not sure wether or not he should leave Dillon.



    This was a good episode, but not a 'world shocking' finale.



    We are still not sure if coach Taylor will leave the Panthers, so that is something to look forward to for next season.moreless
  • The cliffhanger that never was!

    9.5
    Once again, I have been left wondering by this show. Not by the plot lines.

    Nor the usually terribly cliched 'cliffhanger' episodes that most other TV shows utilise to hook in all the idiots for next season.



    What has kept me wondering is the fact that we may not see it on our TV sets again!



    I was dreading reaching the last few final episodes of FNL. The show is art in its purest form at times, tragedy, terror, ecstacy all permeate through. Coming to the end of the season means no more for a while, and thats a sad thought.



    Its the utter uniqueness that makes this show better than its contemporaries and rivals. It would have been so easy to end the season with Saracen diving for the pylons, trying to win the game. Or it would have equally been enough to have the Panthers missing out on the State title by a last second Voodoo Tatum touchdown. But no! FNL once again surprises me, and turns the main event, the state championship, into the sideshow. Now your wondering, will Eric Taylor be there next season?!



    That question is most likely answered with 'no'. In fact, seeing as NBC wrapped the show up so well a Panthers win, accomplishing what they set out to do at the start of the season, my instincts lead me to believe that we won't be seeing a series.



    Which is a shame, for one of the best TV shows around. Having said that, it's not surprise, especially not today in the cheap laughs, even cheaper reality TV world we have bought into.



    All the greats are ahead of their time.

    FNL is no different.moreless
  • SI says that it could be the last show ever :(

    8.7
    I was reading SI and it said that no one watched the show and that they were taking it off the air :(. But if this change and they don't, they said Matt might change teams and that they were going to put some new players in and take some out. Anyway, back to the show, this show was way to predictable. Like what did u think was going to happen. if there is a next season i'm hoping that they actually lose some games, and not win every game. Though, i like what they did with Smash, that even thought he praticlly broke his hand he still played.moreless
Jae Head

Jae Head

Bo

Guest Star

Stacey Oristano

Stacey Oristano

Mindy Collette

Guest Star

Brooke Langton

Brooke Langton

Jackie Miller

Guest Star

Brad Leland

Brad Leland

Buddy Garrity

Recurring Role

Aldis Hodge

Aldis Hodge

Ray 'Voodoo' Tatom

Recurring Role

Dana Wheeler-Nicholson

Dana Wheeler-Nicholson

Angela Collette

Recurring Role

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  • TRIVIA (2)

    • In the previous episode Coach asks Saracen if he is ready for the big championship game on SUNDAY, but at the beginning of this episode when Saracen and Smash are being interviewed Smash says "You want destiny, Voodoo, we'll give you destiny, on Saturday." Which day is it?

    • The play the Panthers use to win the State Championship game - a "hook and ladder" pitch to a second receiver cutting across the field - is identical to a play used by real-life underdog Boise State in their 2007 Fiesta Bowl upset of Oklahoma. Boise State was in the same situation as the fictional Panthers: under a minute to go in the game, ball near midfield, having to score a touchdown, and executed the play flawlessly. The only difference is that Boise's trick play only tied the game (they would go on to beat the Sooners in double overtime on another trick play, one known as "The Statue of Liberty").

  • QUOTES (2)

    • Coach Taylor: Every man at some point in his life is going to lose a battle. He is going to fight and he is going to lose. But what makes him a man is at the midst of that battle he does not lose himself. This game is not over, this battle is not over.

    • Coach Taylor: I have dreams too.

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