Friday Night Lights: Season 4, Ep. 1 was the beginning of Coach Taylor (Kyle Chandler)’s tenor as East Dylon High Football Coach. Being stripped of the team he built up was harsh but it has added an exciting new element to this season of Friday Night Lights: starting over and building a great high school football team from the ground floor up.
I can not believe Riggins dropped out of college after only one month without even trying to get a tutor plus he was not even shown at a college football practice or attending a single college party. If there were four things that would have kept Tim Riggins (Taylor Kitsch) enrolled in college, it would have been: the football team, aspirations of making it to the NFL, partying, and hooking up. That was a giant plot hole for this episode and the Friday Night Lights television series as a whole. Riggins lives for football. Being able to continue playing at the college level would mean the world to him. He got through classes at Dillion just to play football for the Panthers. Why couldn’t he do the same at college in a far more libertarian environment? It made no sense.
J.D. McCoy (Jeremy Sumpter) going from the nice new kid in school to a conceited asshole was a shame but it should add to the drama of this season. Matt Saracen (Zach Gilford)’s decision not to go Chicago for art school is manifesting in pent-up frustration. Going from head QB to pizza delivery guy is rough but at least he has one of the hottest girls, Julie Taylor (Aimee Teegarden), in Dillion on his arm.