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Burning Questions About Friday Night Lights, Season 3

Why doesn’t Jason Street just GO TO COLLEGE?

Since his injury in season 1, episode 1, Street (who never returned to high school) has been an assistant coach, a car salesman, and most recently, a novice sports agent. When is somebody going to go ahead and say to him, “You are nineteen. You do not need to walk to go to college. GO TO COLLEGE”?

I thought—for a moment—when the sports agent told him that he’d need more than moxie to get the agent job, that he would be competing with Harvard grads, that this question would finally be addressed. Instead…his moxie got him the job. Street cleaned up the agent’s mess by re-signing a major player who had decamped to another agency. And as a result, he got a job?

Here’s what really would have happened: the agent would have re-signed the player and totally shut Street out. Because that’s business. If he’s a decent dude, he might have bought Street a drink and apologized that that’s the way it had to be.

And maybe if that had happened, then it would have occurred to Street to get a business degree or study sports therapy or whatever. And then maybe that career path might have been a little bit clearer for him.

I just don’t get having existential crises at nineteen. “What am I supposed to do with my life?” GO TO COLLEGE.

Why does nobody care about Matt Saracen’s future except for me?

In season 1, Coach benched Smash for like, one game and everybody was in uproar about whether he would miss an opportunity to be seen by an agent. Smash’s plotline is season 2 was all about getting recruited and getting scholarships. In season 3, even Riggins is being courted by colleges.

Yet in season 3, Coach reluctantly bumps Saracen down to backup quarterback in favor of starting a freshman phenom, and nobody for a second complains that it’s Matt’s senior year, and that he deserves an opportunity to be seen and recruited for scholarships. It doesn’t seem to occur to anybody.

I know Matt only became quarterback due to twist of fate, but is he really so inferior to the other star players that he has no college prospects whatsoever? It’s not like the Saracens have any money; he’s not going to college otherwise. He’s been working at the Alamo Freeze since the first season and not, I think, for pocket money. Has he exempted himself totally from the college experience because Grandma Saracen needs full time care? If so, why hasn’t anybody said so? And if that’s not the case, why hasn’t the issue of his future come up?

SUB burning question. If the Saracens could afford live-in help for Grandma Saracen one time, why didn’t they do it again? I know the first nurse, Matt’s lady love, went home to her banana republic, but why didn’t they get another one?

How many years was Tim Riggins a senior anyway?

In the first season I thought a lot of the lead characters were seniors—Street, Tim, Lyla, Tyra, Smash. Turns out Smash was a junior, and all the rest were…sophomores? Then why did they crack all those jokes about how young and inexperienced Matt and Landry were, if they were those boys’ contemporaries?

I think this answers itself, though. Street could have been a senior; he never went back to school so the question was moot. Tyra may have been held back once or twice. Tim almost certainly was. I can’t believe he hasn’t been expelled yet. Surely if he were less useful on the field he would have been.

When is Julie Taylor going to get a personality?

Does she do anything? Is she interested in anything? Other than Matt Saracen? And getting a car? And not taking AP English? I can’t think of another issue she’s raised in three seasons. Get a hobby, Julie Taylor.

  1. July 24, 2011 at 10:55 am

    Thank you. I never understood why Jason couldn’t go to college without playing football. He seemed like a reasonably smart guy. His parents seemed fairly well to do. At least well off enough to pay for an in state school! It just seemed so dumb to me!

  2. July 24, 2011 at 8:03 pm

    Whether or not his parents can afford it, are you gonna tell me that a middle-class kid in a wheelchair can’t find a scholarship?

    It just seems weird to me that the plotlines with Smash, and now with Tim are all about “You have to go to college! You have to better yourself! You have to” etc. etc. but the two guys who actually seem to have brains in their heads (Street and Saracen), everyone is just like, “Eh, they’ll figure something out.”

  3. Sam
    August 22, 2011 at 2:53 pm

    You took the words right out of my mouth. Especially the part about what grades everyone was in. It makes sense that Tim and Tyra were held back a couple of years, but how do you explain Lyla? If she was a sophomore in Season 1, then when Jason proposed to her, she would have been – what – 16 years old? 17, max? She told Tami that her plans for the future were based on where Jason got a scholarship. But if she was a sophomore, then she’d still have to wait two years to go to college with him. And why would Tami be pressuring her about deciding on a college that year? I think in Season 1, they wrote most of the characters as seniors and then they just wanted to keep them around longer when they should have had some kind of plan for slowly cycling older characters out and bringing new characters in.

    But here’s my burning question about Season 3: Smash’s knee injury? Where did that come from? Last we saw of him, he was going to Whitmore on a full scholarship (NOT a sports scholarship – the recruiter told him they didn’t do sports scholarships at that school). That last scene, where the Whitmore coach was talking about the potential he’d seen in Smash since he was a kid actually made me tear up. It felt like a happy ending that wrapped up Smash’s storyline and summed up his growth over the past two years.

    Then all of a sudden, we find out that sometime between the end of Season 2 and the beginning of Season 3, he had a knee injury (…he was banned from playing the last three games of that season) and lost all his scholarships (…he only had one, and it wasn’t a sports scholarship). That storyline just came out of nowhere and contradicted the entire last half of Season 2. Again, it felt like the producers just wanted to keep Smash around and they didn’t care what canon they had to contradict to do it. Lazy, lazy writing.

  4. August 24, 2011 at 12:40 pm

    Man, I completely forgot about Lyla being briefly engaged to Jason. Yeah, that really didn’t work.

    Since I wrote this entry, I have found out that the transition from season 2 to 3 was messed up due to the Writer’s Strike of ’07-’08. Presumably, Smash’s storyline would have been resolved at the end of season 2, but because the season was cut short they created the knee injury thing to keep him around for the first couple episodes of season 3. Even though the inconsistencies bother me as a consumer of narratives, I appreciate that they gave the character his due. Those couple episodes where Coach helps Smash rehabilitate and then sets him up at his new school are so great.

  5. sting489
    July 8, 2013 at 8:42 pm

    I still get sad about Jason Street being paralysed and i’m well into the the series. 😥

  6. Justin
    August 6, 2014 at 4:19 pm

    You know the answer of age does not answer itself. If you had some knowledge you would realize that sophomores do not just get engaged. If you pay attention jason street is 19 in season 2 so that means in season 1 he was a senior. You were wrong.

  7. Alex
    August 4, 2015 at 2:19 pm

    I’m rewatching FNL now and I’m at the beginning of season 3. I had to turn to google as I had so many questions. Having read this page a couple of others I now like FNL so much less! It opened my eyes to how illogical and badly planned the storylines are. As someone said, it is an insult to the viewers to dump plots and have massive inconsistencies, as well as being just plain lazy. The actors deserved better as well.

    But I’m the kind of person who didn’t like Friends once they gave Rachel a ridiculously good career. I need things to make sense and at least some grounding in reality so that I can relate to it.

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