It's now been a week since the big event kicking off the second season of Friday Night Lights ...
As I wrote at Season Pass last week, I was disappointed by the choice to have Landry kill the man who attempted a second time to rape Tyra. The bond between Landry and Tyra was one of the true pleasures of the first season of the show. It developed so innocently, so uniquely and so wonderfully, then got a single jolt - the first rape attempt - to bring them closer. The second, larger jolt of last week's season premiere, in my mind, was overkill.
Not that Lights has ever shied away from major plot events, but I think it's a shame we'll never know how Landry-Tyra would have evolved under conventional circumstances. And I'm dubious that this turn in the plot will attract more viewers.
That being said, I have seen the second and third episodes of the season, and given the choice the Lights producers made, they could hardly be doing any better in how they've written Landry and Tyra - or the other core characters. The show hasn't lost any of its artful stride. In particular, there's great stuff going on with the entire Taylor family, as well as Matt Saracen.
Keep tuning in, and don't be afraid to start watching if you haven't been. It's not a huge, Lost-like mystery - it won't take you too long to catch up.
(By the way, unless my mind is playing tricks on me, the weapon Landry used to kill the assailant changed over time. On the screener NBC sent out before the show's season premiere, I believe Landry used a bottle. But on the actual first episode, they showed him hitting the man twice with a pipe.)