Friday Night Lights: Season 3 Premiere Recap
Friday Night Lights: Season 3 Premiere Recap
Season 3 of Friday Night Lights premiered last night on DirecTV, meaning many fans of the football drama were unable to watch. The episodes of Friday Night Lights season 3 won't be available to the mainstream audience until February, when they air on NBC. For now, the options are getting DirecTV, waiting, or downloading the episodes online, though that last one is illegal.

Season 3 started off with a two-minute rundown of everything that's every happened on the show, from Jason Street's paralyzing accident in the pilot to Smash Williams' suspension in the season 2 finale.
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The actual episode begins five days before the start of the new football season. The Dillon radio DJ is taking calls debating whether Coach Eric Taylor (Kyle Chandler) is a misunderstood genius or one-hit wonder, because apparently last year ended badly without Smash.

The Taylor family loads into the car and Tami (Connie Britton) and Julie fight about school, because Julie (Aimee Teegarden) wants to lessen her class time to focus on work. Tami does not approve, and her word is law, because she's no longer the guidance counselor of Dillon High School, she's the principal!

At a press conference, Coach Taylor answers questions about the new season. Tim Riggins is taking over the tailback position from recent graduate Smash and quarterback Matt Saracen is in danger of being replaced by a new hot shot quarterback from Dallas named J.D. McCoy.

Riggins (Taylor Kitsch) is still spending his days partying and drinking, Saracen (Zach Gilford) is just as awkward and gangly as always, and Landry (Jesse Plemons) and Tyra (Adrianne Palicki) are either taking a break or broken up, depending on which one you ask.

Principal Taylor introduces her husband at the school's pep rally. Eric is a bit preoccupied by Buddy Garrity, who is cooking up something as always. The coach fires up the crowd and brings out the 2008 Dillon Panthers to cheers. Friday Night Lights is officially back, and the season 3 credits are just as inspirational as ever.

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