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.