“No sir. My eyes were open. My eyes were wide open.” The Countdown to FNL

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The new season of Friday Night Lights starts this Friday, January 16th, at 9 Eastern, 8 Central on NBC.

Now, as regular readers know, I’ve already seen most of the season. But hey, look, it’s okay! Zach Gilford says so! And, for the record, what he says is always what I intended to do. I do feel better about the whole thing after reading that, though.

I’m not going to spoil people by spilling the beans on this season. I will say that this is a very good season for Friday Night Lights. Excellent, even. I cried after almost every episode. There is one episode (and I think you all will know it when you see it) that made me sob. Sob, I tell you!  Said episode also featured what is now my favorite Tami/Eric scene in FNL history. There are some new recurring guest stars that made me very happy. Taylor Kitsch is still insanely hot, as is Kyle Chandler. Matt Saracen will still break your heart. Landry is still awesome. Ditto for Tami. And, well, that’s all I can really say without giving stuff away.

So what I’m going to do instead is have a Countdown to FNL. Every day this week, I’ll be posting some of my favorite FNL scenes. (Thanks, Hulu! BTW, Hulu.com is currently streaming seasons 1 and 2 – go check it out to catch up and/or refresh your memory.) So,sit back, relax, and get ready to revisit Dillon, Texas.

First up, the Panthers homecoming parade. Excellent use of music – with Tony Lucca covering “Devil Town.” Any time I hear this song now, I think of this scene and tear up.

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The above scene is also a callback to the first town montage – in the series’ second episode. Nice use of bookending; after all, isn’t this when the season really started?

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Episode two also features the scene which made me fall in love with the show. Don’t get me wrong, I was into it from the beginning. But this scene – this scene both broke and filled my heart at the same time. This scene introduced us to the real Coach Taylor and the real Matt Saracen. This scene was, for me, the beginning of a beautiful friendship.

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Check back here tomorrow for more great clips. And remember: Friday night! 9 p.m.! NBC! Be there! I promise that you will not be disappointed.

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